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The Republican 527 group Progress for America, which supported Bush's re-election in 2004, has agreed to pay a $750,000 fine as part of a settlement with the FEC for violating campaign finance laws by spending more than $30 million on ads and mailings.   The New York Times:  "The agency found that the group, the Progress for America Voter Fund, operated as a political action committee, soliciting money and financing advertisements…  Its actions violated campaign laws because it was not registered as a political action committee that would be subject to strict limits on donations.  The agency said it circumvented a ban on corporate money and accepted contributions that well exceeded the caps on individual donations." 

And, as of last night, members of the Hispanic Caucus appeared likely to oust their chairman, Rep. Joe Baca (D), "over the allocation of funds to election campaigns involving Baca's sons and the accusation that the reviled chairman insulted one colleague, calling her a 'whore.'"