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Idaho Dems file complaint, alleging GOP broke campaign laws

Posted at 3:05 PM, Oct 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-28 17:55:42-04

The Idaho Democratic Party has filed a complaint with the Secretary of State's office claiming that an official inside the Idaho Republican Party violated the state's campaign laws.

According to the complaint submitted Friday, Idaho Republican Party Executive Director David Johnston coordinated with GOP candidate Mike Kingsley's campaign in creating a political attack ad against House Minority Leader John Rusche, using funds from an independent expenditure.

The complaint is based on an e-mail exchange obtained by Rusche's campaign manager Trae Turner.

Idaho law defines independent expenditures as any expense not made in consultation with a candidate or campaign. There is no limit how much can be spent on an independent expenditure, unlike a direct candidate contribution.

Johnston did not immediately return requests for comment.