The National Republican Congressional Committee vehemently denied knowing anything about Twitter accounts that appeared to publish internal polling data, which CNN reported was intended for outside groups looking to spend money on midterm election ads.
Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), the chairman of the National Republican Campaign Committee, told CNN that he had no knowledge about the Twitter accounts. “We’ve got a few other things going on officially around here that I’ve got to deal with,” he said.
He did acknowledge, however, that if — if— the tweets came from the NRCC, they may be legal: “Publicly shared information is publicly shared information,” said Walden.
According to CNN, the publicly-available tweets were affiliated with accounts not connected to the NRCC, but appeared to show internal polling data for multiple Congressional races. While federal laws prevent outside groups from coordinating with campaigns, nonprofits and political action committees with access to such data would have been able to focus their advertising dollars on critical races. The Federal Election Committee has vowed to look into the allegations.
Minutes after CNN contacted the NRCC about the Twitter handles on Monday, the accounts disappeared.
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