Illegal Spending in Anti-Bush Campaign?

America Coming Together, a pro-Democrat activist group, which sent out anti-Bush mailings, has violated campaign spending laws, according to three campaign finance watchdog organizations, reported the Washington Post this week.

??¢â???¬?????Our complaint charges that ACT has been illegally funding its direct mail communications that attack and oppose Bush with 98 percent soft money and two percent hard money, instead of the 100 percent federal hard money they are required to use,” said Fred Wertheimer, president of Democracy 21, one of the groups monitoring campaign spending.

Soft money (unlimited donations which can come from any source) is not supposed to be used for federal election activities. ACT??¢â???¬â???¢s fundraising letter referred to ??¢â???¬?????the extraordinary damage??¢â???¬  done by Bush and expressed the desire to defeat him in November.

“When Election Day is over, we will have defeated George W. Bush and elected progressive candidates all across the nation,” the letter said.