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Federal election complaint lodged against Crist campaign

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November

A housewife and Republican activist from Tampa has filed a Federal Election Complaint against the Charlie Crist for Senate campaign, alleging that it was involved in the creation of an anti-Marco Rubio web site. Republican operative Rich Heffley, a senior advisor on the last Crist campaign, helped create truthaboutrubio.com but says the Crist campaign had nothing to do with it, had no knowledge, and that he is not (yet)working for the campaign.

"Mr. Heffley is a political confidante of Charlie Crist and he shares office space with the Crist campaign, so it is extremely unlikely that Mr. Heffley created this site without the involvement, consent, and/or knowledge of the campaign,'' the complaint states. "Regardless, the creation of the anti-Rubio site constituted coordination under the Commission's regulations because Mr. Heffley is a "common vendor" for the website and the Crist campaign. Furthermore, Mr. Heffley continues to protect the identity of his collaborator, who may be associated with the Crist campaign as well."

"I am not trying to create trouble. This  is not about me. I'm just a house wife and a Republican and I don't think what's going on in Tallahassee is correct," Liz Wessel told Buzz. "It's not right to attack from within, and Jim Greer can't openly campaign for one candidate...I'm tired of people using my Republican party for their own personal gain."

Heffley tells us he does not share office space with the Crist campaign. He said he was recruited by then-chairman Al Cardenas to rent space on the first floor of the building, while the Crist campaign is upstairs.


[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 3:26pm]

    

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