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New York GOP files complaint about Schumer

State GOP Chairman Alexander Treadwell filed formal complaints Tuesday against Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer for using taxpayer dollars to pay for flights to political events.

The complaints to the Federal Election Commission and the Senate Ethics Committee come in wake of Schumer's campaign last week reimbursing the federal government $18,929 after his Republican challenger, state Assemblyman Howard Mills, questioned the travel that included political events.

While the Schumer camp said the reimbursement stemmed from "accounting errors," Treadwell said Tuesday that "these acts constitute a violation of federal law."

Treadwell called for the Ethics Commission and the FEC to conduct a full audit of the Schumer campaign's spending and impose appropriate penalties. -- State GOP files complaints against Schumer (AP via New York Newsday)