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  Chris Shays living a 'nightmare'
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News DateTuesday, April 21, 2009 09:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionFive months after voters ended his 22-year congressional career, Connecticut Republican Chris Shays is living what he calls a post-election “nightmare.”

He’s out of the job he loved and — worse — stuck with at least $200,000 in debt that his campaign says is the result of wrongdoing by a trusted longtime adviser.

Shays has been forced to hire law firms in Washington and Connecticut to help unravel his campaign accounts, and he owes $100,000 in legal bills to those attorneys, according to his most recent disclosure report filed with the Federal Election Commission. By law, Shays cannot shut down his campaign while it still reports a debt.

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The allegations against former Shays campaign manager Michael Sohn center on the alleged unauthorized diversion of funds during the 2007-08 election cycle; in documents filed with the FEC, the Shays campaign has claimed that Sohn used the money for numerous personal needs, including meals, tickets to a Boston Red Sox game and a donation to his synagogue. But Shays said an audit of previous cycles is being conducted, as well.
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