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House Moves On 527's

On Wednesday the House voted to crack down on the infamous "527 groups" that received so much attention during the 2004 presidential campaign. The Republican-backed bill seeks to limit the maximum amount an individual can donate to groups such as MoveOn.org or Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, essentially..




On Wednesday the House voted to crack down on the infamous "527 groups" that received so much attention during the 2004 presidential campaign. The Republican-backed bill seeks to limit the maximum amount an individual can donate to groups such as MoveOn.org or Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, essentially placing the groups under the same legal restrictions as PAC's. While Republicans declared victory, Democrats criticized the plan--accusing Republicans of trying to "gag their opponents, and further empower their supporters." Why would support for a bill like this be divided along party lines, you ask? The answer, of course, is money. 527's raised an astounding $321 million for Democratic candidates in the lead-up to the 2004 elections, compared with just $104 million for Republican candidates.

Here is a list of the top 50 527's in 2004.



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