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Federal Election Commission closes complaint against Diaz-Balarts, Ros-Lehtinen

The FEC closes a complaint against the trio, finding that there was so little money spent to host the event, "it is appropriate to dismiss the complaint."

At issue: a May 2008 fundraiser in which Reps. Lincoln and Mario Diaz-Balart and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen participated, requesting that contributors write separate checks to each campaign. The South Florida AFL-CIO filed a complaint, arguing that such joint fundraising events "must either establish a new political committee...or select a participating political committee to act as the fundraising representative."

The three Republicans told the FEC, however, that the event qualified for a "volunteer exemption," which allows individuals to contribute up to $1,000 for invites and food and beverage. Read the decision here..


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