The pros don’t make mistakes like this. This is something that Love and her campaign thought they could get away with.
Mia Love just put out a dishonest attack ad against Ben. The McAdams campaign sent a document that provides a point-by-point fact check. Read it here.
"Since the candidate will not participate in the 2018 Primary election, any contribution received for this election must be returned to the donors or redesignated to another election," wrote Michael Dobi, a senior campaign finance analyst with the FEC.
The commission sent Love a letter in August saying the Utah Republican's campaign had violated federal guidelines about money for primaries. In Utah, candidates are not allowed to raise such funds if they have no primary, according to the FEC and experts specializing in election law.
The results, released Friday, show Love, the incumbent, ahead by only 3 percentage points, with the support of 49 percent of likely voters compared to 46 percent for McAdams.