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Activist asks FEC to explore connection between Connie Mack adviser and super PAC donor Adelson

A Florida activist wants the FEC to look into a link between a top campaign adviser to Connie Mack and the billionaire casino boss Sheldon Adelson, who have given $1 million to a super PAC that will support Mack in his U.S. Senate race.

"While I opine an actual campaign violation has not occurred - at least as far as I can tell, (Art) Finkelstein's meeting with Adelson suggests a possible conspiracy to circumvent Federal election campaign law, Timothy "Chaz" Stevens wrote to the Federal Election Commission. Stevens maintains the MyActsOfSedition blog.

Finkelstein, a longtime consultant to the Mack political family, was recently seen meeting in New York with Adelson. Last week, we asked the Mack campaign about possible coordination. "I don't know the content of their meeting, suffice to say Arthur, like many consultants, has many clients and whatever they may have met about did not include discussions of FreedomPAC," spokesman David James said. "Arthur does not work for FreedomPAC, or on their behalf."

Stevens recently made a FEC complaint about official U.S. House mail Connie Mack sent out far beyond his Fort Myers-based district, a violation. The FEC said it did not have jurisdiction, so Stevens went to the House ethics office. Previously, the Republican head of the House Franking Commission said the issue was resolved, finding no fault with Mack.

If the new issue is serious, Stevens has a way of hurting his case. He refers to Mack in the letter as a "butt nugget."