Democratic Group Finds Paul Ryan’s Congressional Campaign Suspicious

One Wisconsin Now, one of the drivers of the Wisconsin recall, accuses Ryan of using Congressional campaign funds for presidential campaigning in the state. Evidence not exactly overwhelming.

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One of the main groups behind the Wisconsin recall is now accusing Paul Ryan of improperly handling campaign funds and has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission.

In a press release and letter to the FEC, One Wisconsin Now is charging Ryan with using his Congressional campaign funds for his vice-presidential run in Wisconsin, which would be a violation of FEC rules if true.

But their stated evidence doesn’t look exactly damning: that Ryan spent $2 million on ads for his House race in the state, which is a lot more than he purchased in 2008, and that he doesn’t directly address being a U.S. congressman in any of them. Further, One Wisconsin Now finds it suspicious that Ryan would be running all these ads at all considering his considerable lead over his Democratic opponent Rob Zerban.

“There’s not a goddamn bit of difference between Romney/Ryan campaign ads and these ads,” said Scot Ross, director of One Wisconsin Now. “It just doesn’t pass the smell test.” Ross said that the group had sent their claim into the FEC this morning.

All of the ads in question feature a disclaimer stating that they are from the Ryan for Congress campaign.

A spokesman for Ryan referred BuzzFeed to the Ryan for Congress campaign. A spokesman for Ryan’s congressional campaign didn’t immediately return a request for comment.

Update 4:24 p.m.: Ryan campaign manager Kevin Seifert told BuzzFeed in an email that “We are well aware of what the law requires and we have followed it.”

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