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FEC Chair Smith scolds GOP

The national Republican Party has alienated its base and is using a "boneheaded strategy" in its attempt to stymie special interest groups that are raising money to influence this year's presidential election, the Republican chairman of the Federal Election Commission said yesterday.

"[T]he [Republican National Committee] is out of sync with the rank-and-file Republicans in the U.S. ... the base is alienated," Commission Chairman Bradley Smith told The Washington Times.

Mr. Smith's comments came two days after he scolded the Republican Party at a public meeting for its attempt to shut down specially created, tax-exempt groups, known as 527s, that are raising millions of dollars, primarily in unlimited "soft money" donations from corporations, labor unions and wealthy individuals, for get-out-the-vote efforts and issue ads. -- GOP-funding fight seen as wrong move (Washington Times)