Republicans are preparing to file a Federal Election Commission (FEC) complaint against Democrats in response to what the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) calls “illegal activities” in this year’s Colorado Senate race.
In a Monday press release, the NRSC said that chairman Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) will be filing the complaint because of Democrats’ “coordinated effort to hurt Republican candidate Joe O’Dea in Colorado.”
The committee said that the illegal activities include sending out mailers without proper disclaimers required by law and failing to legally disclose “donors, spending, and vendors.”
Recent mailers have incorrectly claimed that Hanks is endorsed by the Colorado state GOP. The state party has described the mailers as “malicious” and “criminal.” There is no disclosure on the face of the mailers showing the name of the group that paid for their production and mailing.
Scott added in a statement that he believes Democrats have “clearly violated federal law and FEC rules.” He said that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and other Democrats have engaged in an “illegal campaign” against O’Dea in “their haste to meddle in the Republican primary.”
O’Dea is competing against Colorado state Rep. Ron Hanks for the GOP nomination to face incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO), who has been in the Senate since 2009.
Republicans have targeted the Colorado race as a seat that could be flipped in this year’s critical midterm battle for control of the currently evenly divided Senate.
Some shadowy groups have spent millions of dollars on ads and mailers in support of Hanks, who has largely campaigned on claims about fraud and misconduct in the 2020 election. The NRSC has called the ads a sign of “Democratic panic.” It said in a previous press release that Democrats are “reportedly dumping 7-figures” into the GOP primary shows Bennet’s vulnerability in a state Biden won by more than 13 percentage points.
The Democratic Party has signaled throughout the year that it would rather see Bennet face Hanks than O’Dea in the general election. They have called Hanks the Republican frontrunner even before any significant public polling had been conducted.
Hanks has said that he welcomes the support of independent and Democrat voters who “fully recognize this economy is in shambles.”
The Republican primary in Colorado is set for June 28, 2022.