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HARTFORD | The chairwoman of the Connecticut Democrats is seeking a federal elections investigation into whether Republican Linda McMahon’s Senate campaign illegally coordinated with the professional wrestling company where Ms. McMahon was chief executive until last fall.

Nancy DiNardo said she filed a complaint on Wednesday with the Federal Election Commission.

The complaint comes two days after World Wrestling Entertainment launched an Internet-based campaign dubbed Stand Up for WWE to combat what the Stamford-based company calls unfair attacks.

Throughout the Senate race, Mrs. McMahon’s opponents have criticized everything from WWE’s programming to how it treats employees.

Messages seeking comment were left with WWE and Mrs. McMahon’s campaign. Campaign spokesman Ed Patru has said WWE launched its effort on its own.


First lady honors arts programs

Children took the stage and celebrities sat in the audience Wednesday as first lady Michelle Obama honored community arts programs that help young people around the country develop their talents and succeed in life.

Mrs. Obama presented 15 after-school and out-of-school programs, many of them serving at-risk youth, with the 2010 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award. She said the programs teach young people that “each of them has something of value to contribute.”

The East Room erupted in whoops and hollers after a handful of solemn-looking youngsters from an arts program in Hartford, Conn., carefully took the stage and then burst forth as a jazz combo performing with tap dancers.

“You never know the hidden passion that’s in a kid,” Mrs. Obama declared after their performance.


Frank lends $200K to own campaign

BOSTON | Massachusetts U.S. Rep. Barney Frank is lending $200,000 to his re-election campaign, citing what he says is promised spending by outside conservative organizations in support of Republican rival Sean Bielat.

Mr. Frank began October with more than $1 million in his campaign account compared with Mr. Bielat’s $364,000 and said Wednesday he’s taking money out of his own pocket to fight anticipated spending by independent groups.

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