- Associated Press - Friday, September 29, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A new complaint says Democratic candidate Tim Keller and a PAC supporting him are illegally working together to get him elected.

The campaign of Wayne Johnson, a Keller opponent, said Friday that documents show Keller’s campaign and ABQ Forward Together both paid $15K each to the same firm within 24 hours of each other. Johnson says the documents indicated “coordinated expenditures” and a violation of various city ordinances.

The Johnson campaign filed the complaint with the city clerk’s office.

Keller campaign attorney Molly Schmidt-Nowara said the accusation is completely false and a last-minute cheap shot in an attempt to district from Johnson’s alleged ethics violations.

Johnson and Keller are among the seven candidates running for Albuquerque mayor.

Keller also is facing a complaint that his publicly financed campaign is accepting “in-kind” cash donations.

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