Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Breaking: FEC complaint against backers of Bill Sali

Via Grassroots for Grant:

A Washington lobby that funneled more than $1 million into Republican Tim Walberg's primary-winning congressional campaign landed in more potential hot water Monday.

The campaign of Walberg's opponent, U.S. Rep. Joe Schwarz, R-Battle Creek, filed a second complaint with the Federal Election Commission against the conservative Club for Growth.

The nine-point document obtained by the Citizen Patriot goes far beyond the contentious Schwarz-Walberg race, alleging the group broke the law in three other 2006 federal primary campaigns.

"This is an indication of a pattern of behavior by Club for Growth, which flies in the face of federal election law," said Schwarz, reached by telephone this morning in Washington.

The FEC has already sued Club for Growth for failing to register its activities as a Political Action Committee. The case awaits a judge's ruling.

Schwarz's campaign manager, Matt Marsden, repeated this allegation in Monday's complaint. He further alleged Club for Growth illegally shared pollsters and media consultants in four federal races.

The other candidates implicated in the document are Steve Laffey of Rhode Island; Bill Sali of Idaho; and Sharon Angle of Nevada.

See the rest here. More later.

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