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FEC admonishes Sen. Cantwell

The Federal Elections Commission admonished Washington Sen. Maria Cantwell for failing to disclose more than $3 million in loans to her 2000 Senate campaign until Jan. 30, 2001.

The FEC cleared Cantwell of allegations she benefited from favorable interest rates as charged in a complaint filed by the National Legal and Policy Center, a conservative watchdog group based in Falls Church, Va.

The group complained to the FEC after news reports revealed Cantwell received two bank loans in the waning days of the 2000 election. By law, she should have disclosed the source of the loans before the election. -- Cantwell admonished for belatedly disclosing campaign loans (Seattle Times)