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HindustanTimes Sun,26 Oct 2014

Indian-American Congressional candidate accused of mudslinging

IANS  Washington, March 05, 2014
First Published: 13:13 IST(5/3/2014) | Last Updated: 13:15 IST(5/3/2014)

An opponent of Manju Goel, a Republican  Indian-American Congressional candidate in Illinois, has accused her  campaign and supporters of putting up fake web and social media sites to disparage him.

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In a letter put out last week, Larry Kaifesh, who is opposing Goel in  the Republican party's March 18 primary for the 8th Congressional District, accused Goel of taking her "campaign into the gutter",  according to Chicago's Courier-News.

"In a strange act of desperation, the Indian Americans for Freedom super  PAC and their candidate for Illinois' 8th Congressional District, Manju  Goel, have taken her campaign into the gutter," it said.

"They have established a fake web site as well as fake Facebook and  Twitter accounts in an attempt to manipulate and confuse voters about  Colonel Larry Kaifesh."

The letter states that the web site, larrykaifesh4congress.com, "steals  the appearance of Colonel Kaifesh's actual web site but contains false  positions on issues and goes so far to allege, falsely, that Colonel  Kaifesh is a racist".

However, the Manju Media Team told the Courier-News in response to an  email that "Manju for Congress campaign has no knowledge of the web sites  mentioned in your email.

"We are focused on issue based campaign, and have even invited Kaifesh for debate on issues which he has not responded to so far."

Under US law, Super PACs, officially known as "independent-expenditure  only committees", can engage in unlimited political spending as long as  they don't make contributions to candidate campaigns or parties.

The PAC was formed by Indian-American businessman Shalli Kumar, a  supporter of the Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate  Narendra Modi.

Goel and Kumar have denied any allegations of impropriety, according to  the Chicago Tribune.

"I haven't done anything illegal and my campaign is squeaky clean," Goel  told the newspaper.

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