Press: FEC vs. Digest

Regulating the news?

Incensed by a Reader's Digest article suggesting that Senator Edward Kennedy had lied about Chappaquiddick, a volunteer worker in his presidential campaign filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission. Identifying herself as "a concerned citizen," Larryann C. Willis of Vale, Ore., accused the magazine of making corporate campaign contributions in violation of federal election laws.

She alleged three separate infractions:

commissioning a computer study on how fast Kennedy was driving when his car went off the bridge, drowning Mary Jo Kopechne; buying a study of the tides off Chappaquiddick that night in July 1969; and distributing videotapes of the computer...

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