Investigators looking into a massive, multimillion-dollar public relations campaign to support President Bush's top education priorities acknowledge that taxpayer dollars were used in ways that often were not disclosed to the public, in clear violation of federal rules--but they stopped short of concluding that the government has engaged in any illegal propaganda.

Their report has raised the ire of many Democrats in Congress, who say it doesn't go far enough in its rebuke. The Bush administration has devoted too much time--and money--to polishing its own public image, and not nearly enough on providing adequate funding to improve


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