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FEC Finds Problems with ARMPAC

The Bureau of National Affairs reports today that a Federal Election Commission audit of Republican Majority Leader Tom DeLay's Americans for a Republican Majority PAC has revealed that "soft" money was innaproppriately used. According to the report, ARMPAC owes $203,483 to its soft-money or "non-federal" account, Kenneth P. Doyle writes.

Thursday News Round-up

All's Clear on the FEC Front?

The Federal Elections Commission plans to release the report of an audit that was done on Tom DeLay's political action committee ARMPAC, according to Philip Shenon of The New York Times. The audit looked into allegations of "illegal contributions" received in 2001 and 2002.

Picking up the tab

Why do I continue to be shocked by this?

About ten years ago, colleagues of mine sat down with a very prominent Democratic Party operative after Bill Clinton had won the 1992 presidential election. My colleagues argued that the public was increasingly cynical about how legislation was bought by the biggest donors. The prominent operative interrupted and said, "If the American public really knew what happened in Washington, they'd come and burn the place down."