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FEC to decide recount funding dispute before Nov. 2 election

[JURIST] The Federal Election Commission has announced that it will decide the issue of fundraising for potential recount costs prior to the Nov. 2 election. The FEC said it will decide the issue at its Oct. 28 meeting, the last before the presidential election. Democratic candidate John Kerry originally requested an FEC opinion on whether the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 [PDF] had affected the unlimited contributions for recount costs. The FEC did not respond to that request, but announced that it would decide the issue based on a more recent request by two candidates in a Washington Senate campaign. In 2000, campaigns were able to accept unlimited contributions to cover recount costs in Florida. JURIST's Paper Chase has background on Kerry’s clarification request. AP has more.

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