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Newspaper or politicking?

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  SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - One of several startup newspapers tied to a conservative Illinois activist is being challenged as political campaign material in a complaint before the Federal Election Commission.

Darien Democrat Kim Savage says the DuPage Policy Journal is a Republican mouthpiece for G-O-P congressional candidate Tonia Khouri against incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Bill Foster and costs should be reported as political contributions. The paper is one of 14 that businessman and talk-show host Dan Proft started last spring.

Savage's complaint was filed last week. It says the newspapers are not independent but controlled by Proft's political action committee.

Proft says the newspapers are owned and distributed by a private company and are legitimate policy forums. He calls the complaint "factually incorrect in every possible way."

Foster's campaign declined comment.