- Associated Press - Monday, October 24, 2016

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The chairman of the Alaska Republican Party has filed an election complaint against Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller, claiming Miller effectively converted his conservative website into a campaign site without proper disclaimers.

An “Alaska News” section of the Restoring Liberty website includes an article by Miller and a campaign press release taking swipes at Miller’s GOP rival, incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

In a Federal Election Commission complaint, state GOP chairman Tuckerman Babcock says Miller is improperly accepting corporate contributions from the site.

Miller spokesman Randy DeSoto calls the complaint a desperation move. Late Monday evening, the Miller campaign issued a statement questioning what it says was the transfer of about $150,000 from Murkowski’s campaign fund to the Alaska Republican Party.

Babcock also says Miller’s campaign reported a $4,500 in-kind donation from the state GOP that, as far as he knows, is “completely absurd.”

Miller changed his party affiliation from Republican to Libertarian last month to challenge Murkowski.

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