In a new campaign mailer touting Sen. Mark Begich's work to stem sexual assault and domestic violence in Alaska, the Alaska Democratic Party invokes a nonprofit organization committed to tackling the issue.

There's just one problem: the group, the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, has not endorsed a candidate in the race between Begich and Republican Dan Sullivan.

Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Executive Director Peggy Brown said in a statement Monday that she “was incredibly surprised to see the flyer.”

“ANDVSA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and does not endorse candidates. We are legally prohibited from doing so,” Brown said. “We are absolutely nonpartisan and work well with all parties on the issue of domestic and sexual violence because, quite frankly, domestic and sexual violence are nonpartisan issues and it takes all of us working together on this issue to make any headway.”

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