Report Says Bush Admin. Broke The Law In '06 Races

WASHINGTON (AP) - A government report says the administration of George W. Bush repeatedly broke the law in the run-up to the 2006 midterm election, by using federal money to send high-level officials to districts where GOP candidates were in tight races.

The report from the Office of Special Counsel says the trips by Cabinet secretaries and others were classified as official, so they were funded from the U.S. Treasury.

The office says no reimbursement was ever sought from the campaigns.

Despite the administration's efforts, Republicans lost control of the House in that election.

A spokesman for the former president is declining to comment on the report.

The Office of Special Counsel enforces restrictions on partisan political activity inside the federal government.