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Groups claim pro-GOP 527 is acting illegally

AP reports: Campaign finance watchdogs are adding a pro-Republican group to the list of partisan interest groups they contend are illegally raising unlimited donations to spend in this fall's presidential election.

Democracy 21, the Center for Responsive Politics and the Campaign Legal Center filed a complaint Wednesday with the Federal Election Commission accusing the Progress for America Voter Fund of breaking a law banning the use of soft money - which can include corporate, union and unlimited donations - for federal election activity.

The complaint says the group is breaking the law by failing to register with the FEC as a political action committee and by raising so-called soft money to spend on federal election activity.

The complaint also says the group's leaders are too closely tied to President Bush's campaign. -- Lawyers' Group Tired of Political Slams (AP via Tallahassee.com)