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FEC sues GOP advocacy group for alleged campaign finance violations

[JURIST] The US Federal Election Commission [official website] Monday sued [complaint, PDF; FEC press release] pro-Republican political group Club for Growth [advocacy website] in US District Court in the District of Columbia to get the group to comply with campaign finance limits after it spent at least $21 million during the 2004 general election campaign. The suit is the first to arise from controversial fundraising carried out during the past election and alleges that the Club spent enough money in federal races dating back to 2000 to warrant it to file with the commission. The group's president, Pat Toomey [Club for Growth profile] said the Club had legal advice throughout the campaign and that it followed all appropriate campaign finance [JURIST news archive] laws. FEC Vice Chairman Michael Toner [official website] said the case will determine whether the Club can continue to spend millions in federal elections. The FEC was prompted to investigate Club for Growth's fundraising activities after a complaint from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee [political party website] about a Club ad opposing then-Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, (D-SD) [Wikipedia backgrounder]. AP has more.

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