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Ethics complaint filed against Sen. David Vitter, alleging improper campaign fund transfer


NEW ORLEANS — A Democratic group has lodged an ethics complaint against Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter, alleging he violated state campaign finance restrictions.

The American Democracy Legal Fund announced Monday it filed the complaint with the Louisiana ethics board.

It seeks an investigation into a $100,000 fund transfer from Vitter's federal campaign account to an independent PAC supporting Vitter's 2015 candidacy for governor. The PAC is called The Fund for Louisiana's Future.

The complaint says Louisiana law prohibits transfers of a candidate's federal campaign money to a PAC supporting that candidate.

Vitter spokesman Luke Bolar called the complaint a "baseless attack" from a leftist group. Bolar says Vitter followed the law.

State ethics administrator Kathleen Allen wouldn't confirm the complaint was filed. The ethics board decides in secret whether to investigate complaints.

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