President's campaign denies ties to vets' group
A simmering feud between the Bush and Kerry campaigns over a TV ad that denigrates Sen. John Kerrys Vietnam war record moved toward the boiling point Friday as the Democratic nominee filed a complaint with federal officials that accused the presidents re-election campaign of breaking the law.
Kerrys complaint to the Federal Elections Commission about the ads produced and aired by the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth alleges "overwhelming evidence that the veterans group is coordinating its expenditures on advertising and other activities designed to influence the presidential election with the Bush-Cheney Campaign, Kerry spokeswoman Allison Dobson told NBC News.
Formal ties would be illegal
Any formal ties between the Bush campaign and the veterans group would be against the law. Swift Boat Veterans for the Truth is organized as a non-party, independent political group under section 527 of the Internal Revenue Code, and coordination between a 527 group and a presidential campaign is illegal.