Importing From AI to MX

I have vector art with an outerglow and a gradient and all that jazz coming from Adobe Illustrator. I am exporting each component as a SWF into MX. Why, when it imports into Flash does it separate each component into a bitmap, symbol and swf and completely destroy my vector art in the process. Is there a more efficient way to get my outerglow and gradients from AI into Flash? I have had no problems with this when my art is just lines and shapes. suggestions?