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FEC hits group with hefty fine

From NBC's Domenico Montanaro
America Coming Together
, a political action committee credited with doing much of the grassroots organization and get-out-the-vote efforts for Democrats in 2004, was hit with a $775,000 fine by the Federal Election Commission for violating federal election law during the 2004 campaign election cycle.

The FEC leveled its third-largest fine in history against George Soros-backed ACT, "a federal political action committee (PAC) that also has a non-federal account registered under section 527 of the Internal Revenue Code, agreed to pay $775,000 to settle charges that it used funds raised outside federal limits and source prohibitions to pay for expenses that should have been paid with funds raised within the federal contribution limits and prohibitions," according to the FEC's Web site.

Also, the FEC "uncovered no evidence of coordination between" ACT and the Democratic National Committee, 2004 Democratic nominee John Kerry.