The documents, supplied to the Minneapolis Star Tribune by a lawyer for Paul McKim, show "service fees" paid to the Hays Companies, where Laurie Coleman works, The Politico reported. But the wire transfers could have a more innocent explanation -- that they were for insurance for McKim's former company, Deep Marine Technology.
McKim, founder and former CEO of the company, filed a lawsuit this week claiming that Nasser Kaseminy, a Coleman friend and political contributor, forced him to make the payments.
On one page, apparently from a ledger, a payment of $25,000 to Hays is circled in ink with a note: "Please pull this detail and delete... 8/19/08."
Coleman, R-Minn., is in a tight race with Al Franken, former Saturday Night Live writer and performer and author of books like "Rush Limbaugh Is A Big Fat Idiot." In a news conference this morning, Coleman called McKim's suit "sleazy politics," the Star Tribune said.
"If my opponents have any shred of decency left in this campaign -- stop attacking my family," Coleman said in a statement.