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Progressive group files FEC complaint against Romney ad showing miners
Brian Rothenberg of Progress Ohio says he believes the miners were coerced into being in the republican candidate's ad, which violates the federal election law

Karen Kasler
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A progressive group has filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission over TV ads created by Republican Mitt Romney’s campaign.

Progress Ohio says TV ads airing in Ohio and West Virginia show miners who were required to be at a Romney event at a mine near Zanesville last month.

And Brian Rothenberg from Progress Ohio says the required attendance of the miners needs to be disclosed as a contribution to Romney from the company and its owner. And Rothenberg says those miners have reported getting a contradictory message from the company’s management.

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Rothenberg also says he thinks the company may have broken federal election law if workers were forced to be at the event, which amounts to a coerced contribution.

Rothenberg wants Romney to recut the ad without pictures of the mine workers.

None of the miners in the ad are part of the complaint - nor is the United Mine Workers Union, which has not endorsed either presidential candidate.

The Romney campaign has not commented.

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