LAS VEGAS (AP) — Republicans are hitting Democratic U.S. Rep. Shelley Berkley with new allegations of misconduct.

Washoe County Republican Party Chairman David Buell says he filed a federal ethics complaint on Friday against Berkley and the Nevada Democratic Party for coordinating on her U.S. Senate campaign.

Buell says Berkley is running against four little-known candidates in the Democratic primary, but Nevada Democrats are already spending money to help her.

Buell says federal law only allows political parties to coordinate with their official nominee.

But a Democratic spokesman says it is legal for the party and Berkley to work together.

Berkley is being investigated by the House Ethics Committee after the Nevada GOP filed a complaint alleging that she used her office to help her husband’s business.

She is challenging Republican Sen. Dean Heller.

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