WASHINGTON - A nonprofit watchdog organization plans to file a complaint with the Federal Election Commission that accuses Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac of making illegal campaign contributions during the 1999-2000 election cycle.

National Taxpayers Union president John Berthoud has written a letter of complaint, which has been posted on the group's Web site but was inadvertently not transmitted to the commission, asking for an investigation of whether the two companies violated the federal ban on government-chartered companies' directly supporting candidates for public office.

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