– The following article was written by The Associated Press:
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut newspaper claims wrestling company WWE Inc. violated federal election laws by illegally helping former chief executive Linda McMahon’s U.S. Senate campaign when it threatened a lawsuit against the newspaper two weeks ago.
The Journal Inquirer of Manchester filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission last week, saying Stamford-based WWE rendered illegal corporate assistance to McMahon’s campaign.
The newspaper reports that a WWE senior vice president, Brian Flinn, accused the paper of libel and threatened legal action for two opinion columns written this year by Managing Editor Chris Powell. Powell asserted that McMahon created her fortune from the business of pornography and violence, but didn’t specifically mention WWE.
WWE officials didn’t immediately return a message Monday. Flinn told the newspaper there is no merit to its FEC complaint.