A former staffer for Cowell said that she had members of her staff contact a Dell computer lobbyist to fix a campaign laptop, Mark Johnson reports. And the manager of her campaign for state Treasurer exerted influence over her official duties to benefit her campaign.
Cowell faces Republican state Rep. Bill Daughtridge in the race for Treasurer.
State Republican Party Chairwoman Linda Daves said the incidents should give voters pause about Cowell.
"The State Treasurer is entrusted with state pensions and must have integrity that is beyond reproach," Daves said.
Cowell dismissed the claims as a last-minute, partisan attack.
"I am shocked and disappointed that a disgruntled former employee who resigned half a year ago would make unfounded and untrue allegations three days before an election. These unfounded and untrue allegations are now being used in a desperate, last minute partisan attack," she said in a statement. "We have looked into the matter and feel confident that everything possible was done to ensure that there was a clear separation between the campaign and Senate staffs."