The federal lawsuit filed against Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford has expanded to include the 2012 Mitt Romney for President campaign courtesy of a new filing to amend the complaint. The intimidation and sexual discrimination suit was filed by former Rutherford staffer Ed Michalowski.
The amended complaint names the Romney campaign as it details new claims of intimidation and racketeering. Rutherford was Illinois chair of Romney's 2012 presidential campaign and the complaint alleges that Michalowski was forced to spend state time working on the campaign or else suffer negative consequences.
"Beginning in early spring 2011, however, Defendant Rutherford coerced and intimidated, implicitly and explicitly, Plaintiff into performing political work on behalf of the Rutherford Campaign," reads the complaint. "For example, Defendant Rutherford demanded that Plaintiff coordinate lunches or dinners with individuals whom Plaintiff was acquainted with, and solicit donations for the Rutherford Campaign from each individual."
The filing also made note of an alleged clout list for campaign interns that included the applicants' political backers.
"Defendant Rutherford hired only candidates whose connections would be useful to the Rutherford Campaign, regardless of the strength of their qualifications or whether other non-politically connected candidates had superior credentials," according to the complaint.
The case had been tossed out by a federal judge last week, and Michalowski's attorneys were given a one-week deadline to refile. The lawsuit dogged Rutherford's primary race for the Republican nomination for Illinois governor.