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Alabama: defeated senator asks for 5 Democratic nominees to be disqualified

The Birmingham News reports: State Sen. Gerald Dial, D-Lineville, is asking the Alabama Democratic Party to disqualify the primarycandidate who defeated him - along with four powerful senators - saying they violated state campaign finance law.

Dial, in a letter to Democratic Party Chairman Joe Turnham, asked the party to revoke the nomination of Kim Benefield for Senate District 13. Benefield defeated Dial in the June primary. Dial wrote that Benefield did not list all of her expenditures andcontributions on her campaign report, including her qualifying fee. ...

His petition for a reversal of fortune also targets four powerful Democrats with whom he frequently has clashed through the years. He's challenging the practice, which those four followed, of candidates in the primary not filing campaign finance reports if they are unopposed. ...

Benefield reported receiving $270,161 worth of advertising from the Senate Majority PAC as an in-kind contribution. The PAC works to elect Democrats. Dial, sometimes called a "dissident Democrat," is aligned with the Senate's Republican minority and a handful of Democrats. -- Defeated senator wants foe, 4 others to be disqualified

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