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Paccione Cleared of Improper Gifts Charge

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Angie Paccione, who is running against Republican Representative Marilyn Musgrave for Congress in the 4th District, has been cleared by the FEC of charges she improperly offered gifts to contributors:

Republicans complained to the FEC that the Paccione campaign sent an illegal e-mail in February offering trips, dinners and other prizes in exchange for donations of $5,000 or more. Such an offer is illegal, the complaint contended.

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The FEC dismissed the matter this week, saying Paccione took immediate action to retract the offer. According to a statement from the FEC, Paccione and her campaign had not authorized the e-mail messages. She also sent an e-mail correcting the situation less than four hours after learning about it.

Paccione has maintained the charges were politically motivated. That’s a nice gift to get two months before the election.

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