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Coleman ally fails to bag Franken

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  • January 6, 2011 - 5:37 PM
It’s two-zip for Al Franken in his continuing legal battles with Norm Coleman ally Jeff Larson.
 
Larson, who heads the Minnesota direct marketing firm FLS Connect, has filed two ethics-related complaints against the Democratic Senator. Both have been dismissed.
 
Using an independent group of his own creation, Senate Accountability Watch, Larson alleged last month that Franken’s Midwest Values PAC accepted contributions from actor and comedian Eddie Izzard, a foreign national.
 
That would be against the law. Except that Izzard turns out to have a green card, making him a permanent resident and thus eligible to contribute.
 
In a letter to the Federal Election Commission Dec. 20, Larson said he was not aware of Izzard’s green card and asked to withdraw his complaint.
 
Now comes the Senate Ethics Committee, which earlier this week cleared Franken of another Larson allegation, that one accusing Franken of using his appearance at a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) hearing on net neutrality to solicit campaign contributions.
 
In a letter to Franken on Tuesday, ethics panel lawyer John Sassaman wrote that Larson’s complaint constituted “mere allegations that do not merit further Committee review.”
 
Larson, best known for renting a room to Coleman during his time in the U.S. Senate (and for Sarah Palin’s post-GOP convention wardrobe) told the Star Tribune last September that he formed Senate Accountability Watch to “help hold senators accountable for their actions, words and deeds.”
 
So far, his only target has been Franken. And he has yet to bag his prey.
 

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