Rainbow Voter Push

The National Democratic Party and Jesse Jackson were fined today by the FEC:

The Democratic Party, the Reverend Jesse Jackson and two groups associated with the civil rights activist have agreed to pay a total of $200,000 in civil fines for campaign finance violations.

At issue in the Federal Election Commission case was about 450-thousand-dollars in election spending during the 2000 elections by Jackson, Chicago’s Rainbow/PUSH Coalition and the Citizenship Education Fund.

The two non-profit groups were incorporated — making their money corporate and subject to restrictions under federal campaign finance laws.

According to the F.E.C., the money was used for a partisan get-out-the-vote effort and voter registration speaking tour.

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