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'Watchdog' Group Files Ethics Complaint Against Broun

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- A nonprofit ethics watchdog says Georgia Congressman Paul Broun concealed the source of loans to his campaign and is calling for a full audit of his campaign finances.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission against the Athens Republican, who loaned the Paul Broun Committee $304,000 in 2007 and 2008. According to FEC records, the committee has paid Broun $29,756 in interest on those loans.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports that the ethics group filed the complaint after Broun told the newspaper the loans came from a bank and he used the interest payments to pay the bank's interest. In FEC filings, Broun's campaign said the
loans came from the congressman.

Broun's press secretary did not respond to requests seeking comment.

Broun represents the 10th Congressional District. After the 2012 election, the district will include Washington, Johnson, Hancock, and Baldwin counties.


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