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Anti-Kerry film spurs legal battle

[JURIST] The Democratic National Committee (DNC) has filed a formal protest with the Federal Election Commission over plans by a major broadcast group to air a film next week criticizing presidential hopeful John Kerry's anti-war activism upon returning from active duty in Vietnam. Sinclair Broadcast Group has asked its 62 television stations to pre-empt regular programming next week in order to show the film, which accuses Sen. Kerry of betraying American POWs through his activism. Democrats allege that the broadcast is an improper use of the airwaves and an illegal in-kind contribution to the Bush-Cheney campaign. CNN has more. CNSNEWS.com reports on a statement by Federal Communications Commissioner Michael J. Copps Tuesday calling the Sinclair broadcast an "abuse of public trust" just days prior to the presidential election. The DNC has posted a response to the planned broadcast on its website.

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