FEC complaint filed against Mourdock

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Richard Mourdock's Senate campaign is now the subject of a complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission.

It has to do with the accusation that the Mourdock campaign improperly downloaded information from a GOP database. The state Republican Party last week cut off the campaign's access to the database known as Salesforce.

The complaint was filed by John McCane, a former mayor of Rushville, who alleges that Mourdock used a state campaign committee to pay the $125 fee to access Salesforce and then illegally transferred information including email addresses to his federal campaign.

McCane included an email sent to him by the Senate campaign. By phone, McCane said he has never filed an FEC complaint before.

"I would like them to investigate whether or not there's been a violation of the rules," said McCane, "and at that point what they do is up to them."

There is a flat denial from the Mourdock campaign spokesman, Chris Conner.

"We've not had access to Salesforce since the end of 2010," he said. "We never got into Salesforce. There's no way we could have done anything with the data."

Conner said this is merely an attempt by the Lugar campaign to smear Mourdock.

John McCane is a Lugar supporter. His name sounds like - but is spelled differently than - that of the Arizona senator who is scheduled to appear in Lugar campaign ads.

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