Craig Schelske, husband of country singer Sara Evans, announced Monday that he'll seek the Republican nomination for the House seat held by Democratic representative Darlene Hooley, who's expected to

Craig Schelske, husband of country singer Sara Evans, announced Monday that he'll seek the Republican nomination for the House seat held by Democratic representative Darlene Hooley, who's expected to seek a fourth term next year representing Oregon. But Democrats sounded a sour note, accusing him of improperly raising campaign money.

The state Democratic Party on Monday sent a complaint to the Federal Elections Commission (FEC), accusing Schelske of violating federal law by using Evans' performances to raise funds without registering as a candidate with the FEC.

Schelske said he was allowed to raise money through an exploratory committee he formed while deciding whether to run and didn't have to register because he hasn't been an official candidate. "He has checked this with the lawyers," said Darryl Howard, executive director of the Oregon Republican Party.

Schelske, 38, has been managing his wife's career. The couple have a home in Nashville, Tenn. They bought an Aumsville, Ore., farm in June.


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