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The Nation

Young Americans for Freedom, a conservative group, has agreed to pay a $9,400 civil penalty for a 1984 fund-raising letter signed by Agriculture Secretary John R. Block that urged President Reagan’s reelection, the Federal Election Commission disclosed. The election watchdog agency decided not to take any action against Block. But the Justice Department chided Block for allowing the Young Americans for Freedom to use a likeness of the Great Seal of the United States on the letter. YAF is registered as a nonprofit, membership corporation, not a political action committee, and it is illegal for corporations to make contributions to federal campaigns.


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