IN THE CLEAR

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

the sto­ries of mil­lions of peo­ple who trav­eled to the United States in search of op­por­tu­nity.

Mean­while, there is a new agree­ment au­tho­riz­ing Home­land Se­cu­rity to send A-files to Archives when 100 years have passed since the date of birth of the sub­ject in a file. Like Cal­i­for­nia Gov. Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger be­fore him, Ari­zona Sen. John McCain has now been cleared of com­plaints filed with the Fed­eral Elec­tion Com­mis­sion pur­port­ing that he vi­o­lated “soft money” pro­hi­bi­tions.

The Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Project and the Cal­i­for­nia Demo­cratic Party had charged in their com­plaints that Mr. McCain, the 2008 Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee, per­mit­ted his name to ap­pear on in­vi­ta­tions to fundrais­ing events for two state candidates. The in­vi­ta­tions pur­port­edly in­cluded con­tri­bu­tion so­lic­i­ta­tions in ex­cess of the fed­er­ally al­lowed limit and from fed­er­ally pro­hib­ited sources.

“One com­plaint also al­leged that Sch­warzeneg­ger aided and abet­ted McCain in the pur­ported vi­o­la­tions,” ac­cord­ing to the FEC.

Hav­ing ear­lier dropped the charges against Mr. Sch­warzeneg­ger, the com­mis­sion has voted 4-2 to dis­miss the case against Mr. McCain. Chicago on May 28 of the News­pa­per As­so­ci­a­tion of Amer­ica, at­tended by Michael Golden, vice chair­man of the New York Times Co.

Mr. Golden now as­sures Ed­i­tor & Pub­lisher that there was noth­ing se­cre­tive about the meet­ing, point­ing out: “If it were se­cret, there wouldn’t have been a sign on the door say­ing ‘NAA meet­ing.’ ”

Asked about the specifics of the gath­er­ing, which had been planned for sev­eral weeks and re­port­edly in­cluded the pros and cons of charg­ing for Web con­tent, Mr. Golden would only say “there were a lot of peo­ple there fac­ing a lot of sim­i­lar is­sues to the ones we are fac­ing.”

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