Kerry's big-screen future in hands of FEC

Sen. John Kerry's future as a movie producer rests in the hands of the political appointees at the Federal Election Commission.

The FEC is to decide Thursday whether the Massachusetts Democrat and former presidential nominee can use $300,000 from his Senate campaign to invest in a film documentary about soldiers injured in Iraq.

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FEC staffers have composed two separate draft opinions for the FEC to consider. One approves the plan; the other rejects it.

The movie is to be called "Keeping the Faith." The company making it is White Mountain Films. Aides say that Kerry's friends in the veterans community approached Kerry to join the film project. They say he's also seeking clearance from the Ethics Committee.

According to documents Kerry's attorneys sent to the FEC, Kerry is to help find other investors for the film, which is expected to cost $3 million to $5 million to make. He would be considered an executive producer. The position is unpaid, though documents say that investors, including the campaign, could get a 120 percent return on their investment.

Kerry campaign lawyers told the FEC that the campaign will not have any control over development or production of the film, and that the film won't include political advocacy for issues or candidates.