Congressional Candidate Hit with Federal Complaint

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This afternoon, a sworn complaint against congressional candidate Troy Nehls was filed with the Federal Election Commission.

Fort Bend County Sheriff Nehls is one in a crowded field including fourteen other Republicans and five Democrats vying for the seat vacated by Congressman Pete Olson.

According to the complaint, in violation of federal regulations, Nehls transferred money from his nonfederal campaign account to his federal committee.

While Texas does not have contribution limits, federal campaigns limit individual giving to $2,800 per election, per candidate. Transferring $5,400 from his non-federal account to his federal account has the effect of allowing donors to bust contribution limits if they have given to both campaigns.

Congressional District 22, the majority of which is located in Fort Bend County, has been labeled in play by Democrats after Olson won a five percentage point margin of victory in 2018. In this way, the district is similar to the House District 28 seat that Republicans held last night in a special election.

Nehls, the Fort Bend County Sheriff, has been called the top candidate by the public radio outlet in Houston.

Notable candidates in the field include Pierce Bush, grandson of President George H.W. Bush, and Kathaleen Wall.

Wall has been a proponent of election integrity reforms in the state of Texas and is a member of the State Republican Executive Committee Ballot Integrity Committee.

The Democrat front runner Sri Preston Kulkarni is in part campaigning on gun control, a loser issue in Texas. Over half of the respondents to a recent poll said gun laws should be less strict or left alone.

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