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Campaign Legal Center sues Falwell over endorsement

The New York Times reports: A nonpartisan group has filed a complaint with election regulators accusing a lobbying organization controlled by the Rev. Jerry Falwell of violating campaign finance laws by using its Web site to urge the re-election of President Bush and to solicit money for a political action committee.

The complaint, by the Campaign Legal Center, follows one filed this month with the Internal Revenue Service by Americans United for Separation of Church and State asserting that the site, falwell .com, may have violated its tax-exempt status by endorsing a candidate.

Mr. Falwell said his group had not broken any rules. "This is just another Democratic National Committee surrogate organization attempting to intimidate conservative pastors and their church members to prevent them from exercising their First Amendment rights," he said in a statement. -- The New York Times > Washington > Campaign 2004 > Campaign Finance: New Complaint Is Filed Against Falwell Web Site (The New York Times) ***

To read the Campaign Legal Center's complaint to the FEC and letter to the IRS Commissioner, go here.