Posted Nov. 16, 2005 – A conservative group has asked the feds to investigate whether the"Vote or Die" campaign launched by Sean "Diddy" Combs was really a ploy to sell his line of clothing, The New York Daily News reported.
In a formal complaint to the Federal Election Commission, the National Legal and Police Center alleged that Combs violated election law in his 2004 "Vote or Die" campaign.
The National Legal and Policy Center accuses Combs of promoting Democrat John Kerry and opposing President Bush. It notes that at rallies sponsored by Citizen Change, Leonardo DiCaprio urged the crowd to back Kerry.
The Federal Election Commission told The Associated Press that it will review the complaint. A spokesman for the FEC says the matter will remain confidential until resolved.
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Combs traveled to several cities last year urging people to sign up and vote. He declined to endorse either candidate during his push to register new voters.
Aboard his private jet, dubbed Air Force Change, he told AP at the time that "Kerry isn't smart enough" and should be spending more time in the inner city to "see how a young kid is going to school," according to published reports.
As for the president, he said: "You don't see Bush taking the time to go to BET or MTV. Nobody was talking to this community. I deal with them every day."
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