Democrats File Complaint Against Ball

ALBANY—Some Democratic lawyers are complaining that the already-out-of-the-box Congressional campaign of Assemblyman Greg Ball violated federal election law.

The Democratic Lawyers Council filed the above complaint before the Federal Election Commission on Friday, alleging that Ball unlawfully solicited money from corporations and did not claim that a robocall unleashed in the congressional district was paid for by the campaign committee (or anyone, for that matter).

Ball is targeting incumbent Representative John Hall, who won the seat in 2006 and is considered vulnerable to a challenge. Ball, known in Albany for claiming that a political opponent killed a goat and put it on his property, has held health care town halls across the district this summer, and has one planned for later this month. He and other Hudson Valley Republicans in the Assembly have been active in decrying a payroll tax imposed to bail the authority out from a multi-billion dollar deficit.

Matt Mackowniak, a consultant with Ball's congressional campaign, said the action by the Democratic lawyers is "purely political" and said the campaign staffers "welcome these baseless attacks by John Hall's surrogates as an indication of our growing strength."