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Auditors tell Bush to pay up poll dues

Washington, December 11: Federal Election Commission auditors recommended that President George W. Bush’s campaign repay the government more than $700,000 in public financing it received for the 2000 election.

Auditors also finished reviewing former vice-president Al Gore’s 2000 primary and general election campaign committees yesterday. They are questioning $426,836 in Gore’s primary campaign funding and $14,887 in spending by his general election campaign. Gore’s campaign has already repaid some of the money: auditors say the primary campaign still owes the us treasury $372,245 and the general election campaign owes $3,262. The Commission was to consider auditors’ recommendations tomorrow.

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