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DNC, Jesse Jackson to pay fines for campaign finance violations

[JURIST] The Federal Election Commission [official website] announced [press release] Thursday that the Democratic National Committee [official website], the Rev. Jesse Jackson [Wikipedia profile] and two groups Jackson works closely will pay a total of $200,000 in civil fines for violations of campaign finance laws. The FEC investigated a total of $450,000 spent in the 2000 election campaign by Jackson with the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition [advocacy website] and the Citizen Education Fund, two incorporated non-profits subject to spending restrictions under campaign finance laws. The FEC found that the money was spent for the partisan get-out-the-vote campaign and a speaking tour coordinated by the DNC, a violation of spending laws. The DNC will provide $100,000 while Jackson and the two other groups will pay the remaining $100,000 in fines. AP has more.

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