N Carolina Democratic Party complains about GOP phone call

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina Democratic Party leader has asked the state to investigate her Republican counterpart, alleging he made an automated phone call that violates the law.

This week's complaint by Democratic Party Executive Director Kimberly Reynolds and a follow-up letter from the state Department of Justice to the state Republican Party caused the GOP to push back Friday at a news conference.

GOP Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse calls the complaint bogus and accused the Democratic Party and Democratic Attorney General Josh Stein of trying to "intimidate" potential Republican legislative candidates by stifling political speech. Woodhouse vowed his own legal action. Stein's spokeswoman says there's no merit to GOP claims against him.

Reynolds complains Woodhouse's call solicited candidates for a state House district without naming the call sponsor and other information.

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