Las Vegas, Nevada (CNN) - The Sharron Angle campaign says employees of the Harrah's Casino suffered voter intimidation and the campaign filed a complaint with the Department of Justice and the Nevada Secretary of State.
The charge is based on a report by Elizabeth Crum that appeared in the National Review online, which includes an email chain outlining efforts to make it easier for Harrah's employees to get out and vote early. One of the emails reads "waking up to a defeat of Harry Reid Nov 3 will be devastating for our industry's future."
Read the formal complaint with the Department of Justice, after the jump:
The Reid campaign points out the complaint is based on a blog post and the author said on Fox Newschannel that she believes none of the activities she reported were illegal. In a statement to CNN, the Reid campaign says, "This report by a right-wing blogger who's literally been embedded within the angle campaign has no credibility on its face. I'm not even sure the nature of the email this blogger references. That being said, given Sen. Reid's work to strengthen the state's top industry it should come as no surprise that casino employees support his re-election."
The official complaint, which the Angle campaign shared with reporters, alleges that there was "an orchestrated effort by Harrah's Entertainment, Inc...to intimidate and coerce Harrah's employees to vote for Harry Reid." It continues "employees votes were being tracked and supervisors were instructed by top management to personally confront employees to find out why they had not voted." The complaint alleges "these overt activities were specifically demanded by one or more persons who worked for Sen. Reid."
A spokesperson for the Nevada Secretary of State's office tells CNN that "all complaints received by the office and the election integrity task force are kept confidential." They add that a "final report or statement may be made available to the public depending on the nature of the complaint, upon the outcome of the investigation."
A spokeswoman for Harrah's Corporation told CNN the company had no comment.
(Updated at 9:50 p.m. ET)