If You’re Donating to Norm Coleman
… you might see your dollars sucked into a defense fund for a lawsuit that has a bit less to do with control of the Senate than the former senator’s challenges of the results of the 2008 election.
Former Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) has requested permission to use his campaign funds for legal fees relating to a federal investigation of a campaign donor, according to documents from the Federal Election Commission (FEC). Coleman donor Nasser Kazeminy has been accused of ordering $75,000 in payments to Coleman’s wife, Laurie Coleman, in a lawsuit filed in Texas. Coleman is not a defendant in the lawsuit, but he has been forced to respond to certain aspects of the case that involve him. The lawsuit alleges Kazeminy tried to benefit Coleman with the payments.
The scandal had an impact on the Senate race: it broke right before the election, and Coleman accused the Franken campaign of being involved with the timing. But this isn’t, presumably, what Coleman donors thought they were funding.