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The campaign of Republican Rep. Tom Latham of Iowa gave his supporters an extra day to meet the Federal Election Commission's reporting deadline — one that doesn't exist. The Des Moines Register reported that a Latham fundraising e-mail asked readers to "show your support before June 31." The letter later used the deadline to create urgency, again using the faulty date. "It is crucial that you donate before the June 31 deadline," it says.

Latham Chief of Staff James Carstensen played along with the blunder, saying, " "˜More June days for a great nation' is the slogan we are unveiling."

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