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Inside Politics: Voter fraud complaint filed against Democrats
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TALLAHASSEE — Florida officials are reviewing allegations of voter registration fraud against the state Democratic Party.
The Florida Department of State on Friday confirmed that it has forwarded complaints about voter registration fraud that have been filed against the Democrats, as well as against two groups — the Florida New Majority Education Fund and National Council of La Raza/Democracia USA.
Neither the agency nor the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) would comment on the extent of the allegations or on how many voter registration forms it involves.
Lee County Supervisor of Elections Sharon Harrington confirmed that a complaint regarding voter registration forms had come from her county, but declined further comment.
The FDLE last week began an investigation into alleged fraud involving a company hired by the state’s Republican Party to register voters.
Panetta worries about exchange escalating
Mr. Panetta said the U.S. is using its diplomatic channels to relay concerns about the fighting.
Turkish and Syria traded artillery fire Saturday as rebels clashed with President Bashar Assad’s forces near the border. The clash heightened fears that the crisis could erupt into a regional conflict. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned Damascus that his country won’t tolerate such acts.
MILWAUKEE — Vice presidential hopeful Paul Ryan is rallying the Republican faithful at a fundraiser in his home state of Wisconsin.
The price of admission ranged from $250 for donors under age 35 to $100,000 for couples who wished to be designated “founding partners.” Jon Hammes, finance chairman for the Mitt Romney campaign in Wisconsin, told the crowd the event had netted $2.8 million.
The fundraiser came two days after President Obama made an appearance on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. A Marquette University Law School poll released last week showed Mr. Obama with an 11-point lead over Mitt Romney in Wisconsin.
Obamas finally celebrate their 20th anniversary
The Obamas arrived at Bourbon Steak in the Georgetown section of Washington on Saturday night for a dinner to celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary. The couple’s actual wedding date was on Wednesday, the day of the first presidential debate in Denver.
During the debate, the president wished his wife a happy anniversary and reminded her “a year from now” they wouldn’t be marking the occasion in front of millions of viewers. Republican nominee Mitt Romney congratulated Mr. Obama, joking that the debate stage was “the most romantic place you could imagine — here with me.”
ROSEMONT — Vice presidential hopeful Paul Ryan told supporters in President Obama’s home state their contributions will help Republicans define the “very clear choice” for voters in the final weeks before Election Day.
Speaking at a fundraiser in suburban Chicago, Mr. Ryan said the president is trying to “throw the kitchen sink” at GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and “muddle and confuse” voters. He also accused Mr. Obama of distorting Mr. Romney’s record and said the president’s campaign is outspending the GOP ticket on television advertising in some key states.
Mr. Ryan told attendees their support will “give us the resources we need to make sure he doesn’t get away with it.”
Tickets to the event at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare ranged from $2,500 to $75,800 per person. The campaign said about 260 people attended.
• From wire dispatches and staff reports
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