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Broward man files FEC complaint against Mack for mailing violation

mackfec.jpgA blogger in Broward County says he's filed a complaint with the FEC about mailers Rep. Connie Mack sent out that violated House rules and raised questions about using government resources for his U.S. Senate campaign.

Timothy "Chaz" Stevens' complaint focuses on the nearly $18,000 a mailing list vendor paid the U.S. Treasury after taking responsibility for the mail going far outside Mack's congressional district.

"I opine that the reimbursement constitutes a campaign contribution, and as such exceeds the maximum allowable by law," the complaint reads. "According to the FEC's candidate handbook: 'When a committee, group or individual pays for a communication that is coordinated with a campaign or candidate, the communication is either an inkind contribution or, in some limited cases, a coordinated party expenditure by a party committee."

George LeMieux, who is running against Mack in the GOP primary, made a similar argument last week. The mailing list vendor, who also did work for Mack's Senate campaign, has declined to answer questions about the incident.

Stevens included screen shots of Mack's House mailer and his Senate website, which use similar images to promote his budget reducing "penny plan."

[Last modified: Monday, May 14, 2012 2:27pm]


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