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Scott Brown Spokesman: Ethics Complaint Is "Laughable And Desperate"

Massachusetts Democrats are accusing Brown's staffers of campaigning. Campaign says it's a distraction.

Posted on May 9, 2012, at 2:09 p.m. ET

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A spokesman for Scott Brown called an ethics complaint filed by the Massachusetts Democrats "laughable and desperate" today. The party is accusing Brown of using his Senate staffers for campaign purposes.

"This complaint has about as much credibility as Elizabeth Warren's claim to be a Native American, and it is a laughable and desperate attempt to distract from Warren's refusal to come clean with voters," said campaign communications director Colin Reed. "Her campaign is flailing and appearing more pitiful by the day."

"Funny line by Brown's spokesman, but I bet it took him 5 tries to get it right," Massachusetts Democratic Party spokesman Kevin Franck told BuzzFeed.

The complaint originates with the video of Brown making a half-court shot on a basketball court, which was reportedly shot by Brown's Senate aide Marcie Kinzel but appears in a campaign web video.

"The Senator's use of Ms. Kinzel's official staff time for campaign purposes is a clear violation of 31 U.S.C. §1301(a) and Ethics Committee guidance," the complaint, signed by Massachusetts Democratic Party spokeswoman John E. Walsh, says.

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.