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House GOP Files Complaint against AFL-CIO, Nebraska Democrat

April 12, 1996

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The National Republican Congressional Committee filed an election complaint against organized labor on Friday, alleging the AFL-CIO was improperly aiding a Democratic House candidate in Nebraska.

In a complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission, the Republicans alleged the federation ran television ads critical of Nebraska Republican Rep. Jon Christensen’s record at the behest of Christensen’s challenger.

But an AFL-CIO spokeswoman said the ad running in Christensen’s district was part of a national campaign to promote issues important to working families.

In a press release, the NRCC said challenger James Martin Davis asked members of a local labor federation board for support in his bid to unseat Christensen. Two weeks later, the national AFL-CIO’s ads began running.

The national television campaign targets the districts of 30 lawmakers who labor says blocked a vote on raising the minimum wage.

``This is a campaign that has been planned for quite some time,″ said AFL-CIO spokeswoman Karla Garland. ``If James Martin Davis has asked the local (labor leaders) for assistance in his campaign, it is not tied into the national AFL-CIO campaign.″

With labor promising to spend at least $35 million on advocacy ads and political organizing this campaign year, the NRCC filed an FEC complaint in February charging that labor had unfairly aided Democrats in 1995 ads.

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