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Published: Thursday April 26, 2007

"The White House acknowledged Thursday it has conducted about 20 briefings recently for federal agency employees on the election prospects of Republican candidates - the sort of meetings that sparked an investigation into whether Bush aides engaged in illegal political activity," the Associated Press reports.

The nonpartisan Congressional Research Service (CRS) found that the briefings may have been in violation of the federal Hatch Act, which prohibits presentations of a partisan nature as an impermissible "political activity." Earlier this week, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, launched a probe into a January 26 presentation for political appointees at the General Services Administration (GSA) which was moderated by Bush aide J. Scott Jennings.

At a White House briefing Thursday morning, Deputy Press Secretary Dana Perino suggested that the Bush Administration would not be releasing the PowerPoint demonstration used in January.

"I don't think there's any reason for us to release a PowerPoint presentation," Perino said. "Talking about informational briefings at the White House is -- we don't turn over lots of documents.

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