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Pro-GOP group raises first million

AP reports: A pro-Republican get-out-the-vote group aimed at counteracting multimillion-dollar organizations that oppose President Bush has logged its first $1 million donation.

The Progress for America Voter Fund received $1 million in June from Jerry Perenchio, chief executive of the Univision Communications Inc. Spanish-language media company. Perenchio, a volunteer GOP fund-raiser, has also raised at least $100,000 for Bush's re-election effort.

Perenchio's donation was among three accounting for nearly all the $2.26 million the Progress for America Voter Fund raised in the second quarter, a report by the group to the Internal Revenue Service shows.

The group also received $500,000 each from Carl Lindner, chairman of Ohio-based American Financial Corp., and Paul Singer of the Elliott Capital Partners investment firm in New York. Lindner raised more than $200,000 for Bush's campaign. Singer collected at least $100,000 for Bush. -- Pro-Republican 'Soft Money' Group Gets $1M (AP via philly.com)