FEC tosses complaint against Senate hopeful Cardon

FEC tosses complaint against Senate hopeful Cardon

CREATED Nov. 23, 2012

Web Producer: Taylor Higgins

PHOENIX (AP) - The Federal Election Commission has dismissed a complaint accusing former Republican U.S. Senate candidate Wil Cardon of using corporate money to fund his primary campaign.

The Arizona Republic reports the commission revealed its Oct. 16 vote clearing Cardon this week.

Mesa resident David Smith asked the FEC to investigate whether Cardon's campaign got any money from a $2.55 million loan partly taken out on Cardon's Mesa home. The agency found no reason to believe Cardon or his campaign broke the law.

Cardon is a wealthy investor who spent $9 million of his own money trying to win August's Republican Senate primary. He lost overwhelmingly to now Senator-elect Jeff Flake.

Cardon called the claim patently false and a lie. Smith told the Republic Wednesday he accepted the FEC decision.


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