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Hovde accuses Thompson of breaking campaign finance laws


MADISON (WKOW) -- Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Eric Hovde is accusing a campaign executive for former Governor Tommy Thompson of violating campaign finance laws.

Hovde alleges that Darrin Schmitz, who helps to run Thompson's campaign, colluded with a political action committee (PAC) called Americans for Job Security, to produce an attack ad against him.

The AJS ad criticizes Hovde for taking over $2 million in federal stimulus funds.

In an interview with Capitol Bureau Chief Greg Neumann, Hovde says that AJS is a client of Schmitz's public relations firm, Persuasion Partners.

But Schmitz denies the allegation and released the following statement.

"Eric Hovde is a desperate candidate willing to say anything to get elected including lying about the Thompson campaign," Schmitz says. "In 2008 my firm produced a few mail brochures for AJS, and I have had no relationship with them with four years."

Under federal law, no member of a political campaign can coordinate directly with a PAC or Super-PAC group.

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