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Cochran Camp Reacts to AG Vote Buying Claims

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JACKSON, Miss. - The state Attorney General's office says a man claims Noel Fritsch, a spokesperson for the Chris McDaniel campaign paid him $2,000.

Stephen Fielder told the AG's office that a $2,000 payment was made in order for him to say certain things about the Cochran campaign. Stephen Fielder is a pastor from Meridian.

Now you may remember he initially claimed that Senator Thad Cochran's campaign paid him to buy votes during the June 24th primary runoff.

But it turns out, the AG's office says those claims of vote-buying on fielder's behalf are false.

"It's deeply troubling now that it appears there's a criminal investigation that could be focused on members of Chris McDaniel's staff and I think that that is definitely something worth watching," says Jordan Russell a spokesman for the Cochran camp. Russell said he was shocked to hear the Attorney General's claim about Stephen Fielder saying he was paid by Noel Fritsch to say certain things about the Cochran campaign and vote buying.

"Our campaign has never engaged in vote buying. We never had, we never will. We think that the new information that's come out has vindicated our point," says Russell.

There is a connection between the Cochran campaign and fielder.

"As we've said from the beginning, the work we pay Mr. Fielder to do was for "Get Out the Vote" efforts and we never paid anybody to vote for us to vote for Senator Cochran and the Attorney General's investigation has vindicated those versions of events as we knew it would," adds Russell. He admits they paid Fielder $300 as a volunteer.

We've reached out to fritsch about the allegations, he says quote: "Ask the AG to subpoena emails and text messages sent from Cochran staffers to Rev. Fielder that deals specifically with buying votes."

Tuesday night when we reached out to Fritsch he referred us to Charles Johnson, He's a reporter for gotnews.com, where this video came from. Johnson admits having paid for Fielder's emails.

He tells us he did pay for the text messages that confirm Fielder's story of massive vote buying by the Cochran campaign.

But with the AG confirming that Fielder's claims about Cochran vote buying are false, Russell says this will hurt the election result challenge filed by McDaniel earlier this week

"I think this blows a huge hole in Chris McDaniel's election challenge, I think there is no doubt about that," says Russell.

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