Delaware Public Media

State rejects GOP complaints of campaign finance collusion

Feb 17, 2017

State elections officials say there’s no evidence of campaign finance fraud or collusion on the Democrats’ side with just over a week left to go before a special election.

Election Commissioner Elaine Manlove is rejecting claims made by the Delaware Republican Party that Political Action Committees are breaking state law with the content of their ads.

First State Strong PAC has spent nearly $380,000 over the past two weeks on mailers, as well as digital and TV ad buys.

The mailers use the tag “John Marino would hurt Delaware’s middle class” and compare the Republican’s social media statements to those of President Donald Trump (R).

A door hanger used by the Delaware Building and Construction Trades Council overtly told union members to vote for Democrat Stephanie Hansen.

But Manlove says there’s no evidence showing the Hansen campaign coordinated any message with the union and that it is allowed to endorse candidates while urging its members to vote for him or her.

The state GOP issued a statement, saying the ruling allows “…the Democrats to illegally use secret money in a desperate attempt to hold onto power.”

Voters cast their ballots Feb. 25.