Friday, October 20, 2006

NRCC-Pulled Chabot Ad May Head to Ohio Election Commission

From the Enquirer, and first posted by our friends at Take Back Cincinnati:


The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) yanked a TV ad attacking Democratic congressional candidate John Cranley on immigration, after the Cranley campaign complained to Cincinnati TV stations that the charges in the ad were false.

But the Cranley campaign is not letting the issue alone - it filed a charge Tuesday with the Ohio Elections Commission, which set a hearing on the complaint for Thursday.

The 30-second TV ad said Cranley supports legislation that would "let illegal immigrants receive Social Security benefits," a claim the Cranley campaign says is not true.

The claim is based on a Cincinnati City Council resolution passed in March that urged Congress to pass an immigration reform bill sponsored by Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona.

When a campaign challenges a TV ad, federal regulations require that the ad be pulled temporarily to allow the campaign or committee sponsoring the ad to offer proof of its claims.

WCPO-TV (Channel 9) general manager Bill Fee said that after the Cranley campaign filed its complaint Friday, the NRCC voluntarily pulled the ad.

But the Cranley campaign filed a complaint with the Ohio Elections Commission, which investigates false claims in ads. If the commission finds probable cause that the ad violated election law, the commission will conduct a full-blown investigation.


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