Politics & Policy

Conn. Dems Request Investigation into WWE

The Associated Press reports:

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The chairwoman of the Connecticut Democrats is seeking a federal elections investigation into whether Republican Linda McMahon’s Senate campaign illegally coordinated with World Wrestling Entertainment, where McMahon was CEO until last fall.

Nancy DiNardo said she filed a complaint on Wednesday with the Federal Election Commission.

The complaint comes two days after WWE launched an Internet-based campaign dubbed “Stand up for WWE” to combat what the Stamford-based company calls unfair attacks.

Everything from WWE’s programming to how it treats employees has been criticized by McMahon’s opponents throughout the Senate race.

Messages were left seeking comment with WWE and McMahon’s campaign. Ed Patru, a campaign spokesman, has said WWE launched its effort on its own.

UPDATE:  And just as I post, McMahon’s spokesman Ed Patru responds in an e-mail to the press:

“The FEC complaint is utterly baseless. This campaign scrupulously complies with all FEC regulations and has not and does not coordinate with WWE concerning its various corporate activities. We look forward to the FEC promptly dismissing this specious complaint.”

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