NASHVILLE, Tenn.- A well-publicized battle for a congressional seat has gotten even nastier between Lou Ann Zelenik and incumbent Diane Black. There are now serious accusations of violating federal election laws.
When political action committee, or PAC, gets involved in a congressional race certain rules have to be followed. On Tuesday, Diane Black's team has made accusations that those laws were broken.
Members of Diane Black campaign believe that the most recent attack ads from Lou Ann Zelenik broke federal laws.
"They are solely funded by a single individual who is associated with Lou Ann Zelenik's campaign and has not filed the proper disclosure and is thereby in violation of federal election law. And that is a fact," said Jennifer Baker, spokesperson for Diane Black.
The man who paid for this spot against Black is conservative activist Andrew Miller. So far he's spent more than $260,000on this race. The claim is he didn't properly reveal on disclosure forms just how much money he was spending.
Miller defended himself saying "Each one of those individuals will be held accountable for these false statements. They can avoid further problems with an immediate public apology and retraction. Diane Black is demeaning her office and the political process with her false statements and advertising."
On Tuesday, a handful of state senators endorsed Lou Ann Zelenik - in what is now her second, heated race against Black. One accusation is Black has changed since she went to Washington.
"We need people that will step up to the plate and do the right thing, and not just say one thing when they are running, and go to Washington do another," said Senator Mae Beavers.
The race between Zelenik and Black has cost a lot of money so far. Zelenik has reportedly raised close to $400,000. Diane Black has spent more than a million this election cycle.
Both Black and Zelenik are Republicans. Whoever wins the primary race on August second will be headed to Washington DC, because no Democrat is on the district's ticket for November.