TOPEKA — Lawyers with concerns about Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s work on stringent voting policies filed Monday a federal complaint against him that says he has attempted to leverage his position on a federal elections commission to help his recently announced gubernatorial campaign.

The complaint by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law claims Kobach violated the Hatch Act by promoting his work as vice chairman of President Donald Trump’s election integrity commission in appearances and on websites related to his gubernatorial campaign. Kobach announced he would run for governor last month.

“We have seen time and time again, Kris Kobach use media appearances where he promotes the work of the commission to further his campaign for governor,” said Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the committee.

She said the committee had “grave concerns” about the “so-called election integrity commission” and thought it to be a tool for suppressing voters. Trump and Kobach repeatedly have alleged widespread voter fraud without substantial evidence.

Kobach’s spokeswoman Samantha Poetter said in a statement she was sure no Hatch Act violations had occurred.

“This is nothing but a bunch of liberal lawyers trying to create a story,” the statement said.

In an interview Wednesday, Poetter said the voter fraud work is part of who Kobach is, but not a gubernatorial issue. On his campaign website, Kobach lists a “culture of corruption” in Topeka, taxes and illegal immigration as platform issues.

The Hatch Act prohibits government employees from using their positions to influence elections. Clarke said when the Department of Justice Office of Special Counsel finds that someone has violated the Hatch Act, the person can be reprimanded, fined or removed from office.