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Campaign Money Watch files FEC complaint about McCain campaign

AP reports: A group that supports public financing of campaigns filed a federal complaint against John McCain s presidential campaign Monday, calling for an investigation into two financial transactions involving two top McCain aides.

The Federal Election Commission complaint by Campaign Money Watch, a group that has received financing from Democratic leaning donors, questions payments from former finance chair Tom Loeffler to campaign finance director Susan Nelson. It also questions the reduction of a debt to a Web services firm co-owned by McCain campaign manager Rick Davis.

A campaign manager renegotiating a debt with a company he partly owns raises serious conflict of interest questions, said David Donnelly, the director of Campaign Money Watch.

Donnelly also questioned whether Loeffler s payments to Nelson amounted to an illegal subsidy to a campaign staffer. Loeffler is a lobbyist and former congressman and Nelson is a former associate of Loeffler s lobbying firm. The campaign has said the payments, first reported by Newsweek, were for legitimate work and were legal. -- Talking Points Memo | Group files complaint against McCain campaign

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