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LITTLE ROCK | The Arkansas Republican Party has filed an ethics complaint against Sen. Blanche Lincoln, saying the Democrat improperly used taxpayer funds to mail a newsletter about her re-election bid.

The GOP said Tuesday its complaint to the Senate Select Committee on Ethics was over a four-page mailer from Mrs. Lincoln’s office that it says arrived in mailboxes during a blackout period.

Mrs. Lincoln trails Republican Rep. John Boozman in most polls and is considered one of the most vulnerable incumbents as the GOP hopes to gain ground in Washington.

Senators are prevented from sending out taxpayer-funded mass mailings within 60 days of the election. Mrs. Lincoln’s office has said the mailers were sent by Sept. 1, two days before the blackout period. Her campaign did not have an immediate comment on the complaint.


Miller acknowledges receiving subsidies

JUNEAU | Alaska Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller received federal farm subsidies for land that the fiscal conservative owned in Kansas in the 1990s.

Mr. Miller won the GOP primary with more than $550,000 in support from the Tea Party Express and campaigned in opposition to out-of-control spending by incumbents in Congress, including GOP primary opponent Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

The acknowledgment by the Miller campaign that he accepted farm subsidies follows a story by the Alaska Dispatch, which discovered through a Freedom of Information Act request that he had received more than $7,000 in subsidies from the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1991-97.

A blog last week reported that Mr. Miller, a lawyer, received subsidies for land in Alaska, a story the campaign called manufactured.


Suit seeks refund of Crist donations

NAPLES | Two GOP donors want a judge to force Gov. Charlie Crist to refund their contributions after he bolted the party to run for U.S. Senate as an independent.

Lawyer Thomas Grady, a GOP state representative from Naples, is asking Circuit Judge Jack Schoonover to declare the case a class action. It could include at least 2,000 Republicans who contributed $7.5 million before Mr. Crist announced in April that he was leaving the party.

In general, federal law allows a candidate to use contributions for any legal purpose even giving it to a politician of another party but Mr. Grady’s clients are hoping to prevail under state contract law.

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