No free CompuServe accounts for candidates

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The Federal Election Committee has rejected a bid by CompuServe to provide free accounts to federal political candidates. The FEC ruled that while CompuServe violated no laws in its offer, free access must be considered a corporate donation to a candidate, which isn't permissible under federal election law. CompuServe had hoped to allow candidates to host online forums and discussions. In a statement, Denny Matteucci, CompuServe's president of online services, expressed disappointment at the ruling and questioned the application of current laws to cyberspace. "We had hoped to broaden the exchange of ideas and further political discourse," he said.

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