Claims of campaign law violations are already flying in the closely watched rematch between Assemblyman David Hadley (R-Manhattan Beach) and Democrat Al Muratsuchi in coastal Los Angeles County Assembly District 66.
Muratsuchi's campaign says it filed an official complaint with the state's Fair Political Practices Commission on Tuesday, alleging that Hadley's strategists may have illegally coordinated with an independent expenditure committee has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to support him. The commission confirmed that it received a complaint against the Hadley campaign Wednesday, but is barred from releasing details of the complaint for five days.
State law allows such committees to spend unlimited amounts of money to support or oppose a candidate, as long as they don't coordinate with a candidate's official campaign. Last year, the state's top ethics watchdog approved a slew of tougher regulations on independent expenditures, including the presumption of coordination when candidate committees and independent expenditures share a consultant.