Audio Raises Questions About Coordination Between Rosendale, NRA

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Montana GOP Senate candidate Matt Rosendale knew in advance the National Rifle Association was poised to drop big bucks on an advertising purchase against his opponent this November. Chris Cox, the NRA’s chief political strategist for its legislative campaign political action committee, told Rosendale the group would be “in this race,” according to audio from a July event in Washington, D.C., reported by the Daily Beast.

“Have outside groups started spending on your behalf?” a man at the event asks Rosendale in the recording. Rosendale’s comments about his conversation with the NRA’s Cox call into question whether the NRA and the Senate candidate fulfilled the Federal Election Commission’s “three-pronged” criteria for a violation, the Campaign Legal Center’s Brendan Fischer told the Daily Beast.

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