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Groups allege illegal coordination by Zinke


March 5, 2014

HELENA — Two Washington, D.C.-based advocacy groups have filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission accusing a U.S. House candidate in Montana of illegally coordinating with the political-action committee he created.

The Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21 allege television advertisements by Special Forces for America PAC that support Ryan Zinke's House bid include photographs that appear to come from the Zinke campaign.

The groups say republishing campaign materials is an in-kind contribution that federal law bars super PACs like SOFA from making. Candidates cannot coord...

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