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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Officials with Nevada Republican Assemblyman Cresent Hardy's congressional campaign say they plan to keep fundraising amid accusations from Democrats that Hardy's breaking the rules of a blackout period.
A complaint filed Thursday by Nevada State Democratic Party Chair Roberta Lange says Hardy hasn't disabled a donation button on his campaign website and scheduled a fundraiser for Sept. 24. Lange says the activities are happening during the 15 days after a special legislative session during which lawmakers are banned from raising money.
Lawmakers held a brief session Sept. 10-11 to approve incentives for a Tesla Motors battery factory.
Hardy campaign spokesman Scott Scheid pointed to an attorney general's opinion from 2001 that says lawmakers can fundraise for federal races even in state blackout periods because federal law supersedes state law.
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