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March 5, 2014

Moulton accepted money from Republican-leaning PAC

Democratic candidate Seth Moulton accepted a contribution from a Republican-leaning political action committee out of New Hampshire last September — and Moulton himself once contributed to a right-wing candidate in Kentucky, a representative acknowledged yesterday.

Moulton is running against Congressman John Tierney for the 6th District seat and hopes to attain the Democratic nomination in this year’s primary.

The White Mountain PAC, based out of Rye Beach, donated $1,000 to Moulton’s campaign on Sept. 19, making him the only Democrat among the 10 candidates it sent funds to last year, according to the Federal Election Commission.

Other recipients of White Mountain money included Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, and candidates from Wyoming, Idaho and Texas. In previous years, the leadership PAC has been associated with former New Hampshire Sen. Judd Gregg, and supported Mitt Romney’s bid for president and Scott Brown’s campaign for the Senate.

Moulton has repeatedly pointed to his fundraising in the third and fourth quarters of 2013 as evidence of his campaign’s strength. He has also repeatedly said that 98 percent of his campaign contributions have come from individuals.

According to Carrie Rankin, Moulton’s communications director, the Moulton for Congress Committee wrote a check back to White Mountain refunding the full amount, though apparently not until Feb. 15, nearly five months after the donation was received. Moulton originally accepted the money.

“We initially processed the check, but after reviewing contributions, we recognized White Mountain as a Republican PAC and returned the donation,” Rankin said in an email.

The Salem News was unable to speak with Moulton; Rankin said he was busy with meetings.

In an email statement yesterday, Ryan Matthews, Tierney’s campaign manager, faulted Moulton for taking money from a “group that is funding the most extreme wing of the Republican Party” and suggested that Moulton had solicited the funds.

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