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Groups files complaint against Martinez

The watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed a complaint today against U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez, alleging multiple campaign finance violations stemming from the 2004 election.

The complaint is based on a recent audit that revealed that the campaign failed to disclose occupations and identification information for donors and accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in excessive contributions.

"The violations committed by Martinez for Senate are unprecedented in both size and scope” said Melanie Sloan, the group's executive director. “Basically, Mel Martinez broke the law in order to win an election. Now, years later, he is a sitting senator and the chairman of the Republican National Committee. A failure by the FEC to severely sanction the Martinez for Senate campaign committee will demonstrate that violating the law pays.”

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:49pm]


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