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Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Influential 2004 political organizations agree to heavy FEC fines
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Three influential '527' political organizations have agreed to collectively pay the Federal Election Commission nearly $630,000 for campaign finance violations during the 2004 presidential elections, the FEC announced Wednesday.

The three groups, Swift Boat Veterans for Truth,, and the League of Conservation Voters, "failed to register and file disclosure reports as federal political committees, and accepted contributions in violation of federal limits," according to an FEC statement.

Swift Boat Veterans for Truth -- the group that made controversial allegations about then-presidential candidate John Kerry's military service -- agreed to pay nearly $300,000. will pay $150,00 and the League of Conservation Voters agreed to pay $180,000.

-- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney
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