09/24/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

GOP Tries To Tarnish Stevens' Challenger To Neutralize Indictment

Republican strategists are working to neutralize the political damage Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) is suffering from his criminal indictment by alleging his Democratic opponent has committed financial wrongdoing of his own.

Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich has not been charged with committing a crime, but the Alaska Public Offices Commission is reviewing a GOP accusation that the Democratic challenger broke the law by omitting thousands of dollars in earnings from his state financial disclosure forms.

The $15,000 in earnings left off his state disclosure forms were reported on his federal financial disclosure documents. But Begich says if he inadvertently left that information off of his state forms, he will correct the error.

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