Candidate reaps benefits of super PAC he founded

By By MATT VOLZ

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A U.S. House candidate in Montana is benefiting from a political action committee he created, leading at least one opponent and some experts to question the legality of the arrangement.

Ryan Zinke is a 52-year-old former Navy SEAL who is seeking the Republican nomination for Montana's lone congressional seat.

He created the Special Operations for America super PAC to back Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign. Zinke resigned from the PAC in September and announced his candidacy weeks later.

Since then, SOFA PAC has spent more than $70,000 on television, radio and Internet advertising in support of Zinke's campaign.

Zinke says he had an attorney review the PAC's leadership transition to ensure there was no conflict of interest or violation of any Federal Election Commission rules on campaign coordination.

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