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Senate candidate shuffles cash to keep excess donations

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Campaign records show Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Rosendale used excess donations from deep-pocketed GOP donors this spring to pay himself back for personal loans from his failed 2014 congressional run.

The records show the Montana Republican then loaned that money right back to his current campaign to unseat incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Tester.

Critics say that accounting shuffle helped Rosendale fund his Senate campaign with money given by donors above the individual contribution limit of $5,400 per election cycle.

Montana Democrats are crying foul and say Rosendale is using deceptive accounting tactics.

Campaign finance watchdogs say what Rosendale is doing is unusual but legal. Rosendale spokesman Shane Scanlon did not return a call or email for comment.

Rosendale's campaign finance accounting was first reported Thursday by The Daily Beast.

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