The Federal Election Commission has dismissed a complaint alleging that J.D. Hayworth improperly used his former Phoenix-area radio show in his bid to unseat Arizona Sen. John McCain.
Former Attorney General Grant Woods, a McCain ally, filed the campaign finance complaint in December.
Woods argued that Hayworth’s use of his three-hour radio show on KFYI amounted to an illegal “in-kind” donation from the station.
Hayworth hadn’t yet announced that he would challenge McCain in the Aug. 24 Republican primary. His last broadcast was in late January.
Elections authorities dismissed Woods’ complaint on June 10. The commission found that Hayworth’s radio show fell under a provision of federal law allowing political commentary.