Complaint alleges NRA used shell company to unlawfully coordinate with @RonJohnsonWI's 2016 campaign wisconsingazette.com/news/complaint… ht @joshtpm
A complaint filed by Campaign Legal Center with the FEC alleges the NRA violated U.S. law by using a common vendor to illegally coordinate with Ron Johnson’s 2016 campaign and three other Senate campaigns.
The complaint says that in the 2016 election cycle, the NRA PAC paid $315,066 to Starboard for independent expenditures supporting @RonJohnsonWI or opposing his opponent. Also, its lobbying arm paid $48,537 to Starboard for Johnson’s independent expenditures.
CLC, citing a July 13 report by Politico Magazine, says the GOP consulting firm OnMessage set up a shell corporation called Starboard. The corporation was located at the same site as OnMessage and was virtually indistinguishable from its parent firm.
The NRA’s lobbying arm and PAC contracted with Starboard to create ads supporting Johnson in 2016, as well as U.S. Senate candidates @TomCottonAR, @CoryGardner and @ThomTillis in 2014.

@RonJohnsonWI has an “A” ranking with the gun rights group.
Starboard’s apparent purpose was to help the NRA evade FEC rules. As a result, the NRA may have made millions in illegal and excessive in-kind contributions, according to the CLC.
The NRA essentially is Starboard’s only client, with the exception of a small job for the RNC.

OnMessage repeatedly has taken credit for advertisements the NRA paid Starboard to produce.
Meanwhile, Johnson’s campaign committee, Ron Johnson for Senate Inc., reported paying OnMessage $3.8m during the same cycle for “placed media,” “strategy consulting,” & other services.

The campaign reported disbursements to OnMessage at its Annapolis, MD, offices.
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Bolton SuperPAC
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In 2014 helped Tillis, Cotton

NRA-Starboard (OnMessage)
In 2014 helped Tillis, Cotton greensboro.com/news/north_car… via @NewsandRecord
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Bolton PAC (who we know is funded by NRA) using SCL/CA helped modify ads for Cotton, Tillis & Brown in NH.

NRA PAC using Starboard (which has all same info as OnMessage) created ads for Cotton, Tillis and Gardner
Sept 26 2014
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Rubio-Gardner-Cotton-Brown nationalreview.com/corner/rand-de…
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