WASHINGTON - America's Community Bankers has won Federal Election Commission approval to give members information online about its political action committee.

The group said that the commission's ruling is the first to define what trade association PACs may do and say on their Web sites without violating federal fund-raising laws. Association officials had to make sure that they did not violate prohibitions against asking nonmembers for money or soliciting employees of a member bank without first getting signed permission from the chief executive or general counsel.

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