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N.C. Dems say GOP pays ads for 10 Senate candidates

Posted October 29, 2010

— The North Carolina Democratic Party says Republicans are masking who paid for some of the television ads run by some GOP candidates for state Senate.

The Democratic Party said Friday financial disclosure forms show the state GOP bought at least $1 million in television air time. The Democrats say that, instead of stating that the ad was purchased by the North Carolina Republican Party, the GOP candidates in 10 hard-fought state Senate races are claiming they paid.

The Democrats contend that opens the door to cheaper advertising rates reserved for political candidates and gives the GOP a discount the law doesn't allow.

“Disclaimer and disclosure laws exist for a reason, and the Republican Party knowingly and flagrantly violated those laws,” Democratic Party Executive Director Andrew Whalen said in a statement. “They have illegally purchased air time across the state in an attempt to cheat television stations and mislead voters."

Attorneys for WRAL have advised that the station continue airing the campaign ads.

North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Tom Fetzer called the claim "bogus."

“We have followed the letter of the law. It’s the Friday before Halloween, and I am just wondering what costumes the Democrats were wearing when they made these claims? " Fetzer said in a statement.


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  • iwishihadariver Oct 29, 2010

    I'm not surprised that the Republicans are lying. They lie about everything because they are desperate and have no integrity

  • grimreaper Oct 29, 2010

    Let's see here...Democrats are affiliated with ACORN, unions, felons...gee, I don't think they are getting any special interest money at all they are not divulging who from.

  • Worland Oct 29, 2010

    How can the Dems complain when their ads are paid for by Chinese businessmen and fat cat union bosses? The Dems get free advertising every night on the news from the lame stream media.

  • Eduardo1 Oct 29, 2010

    I am not interested in ads.

    I am interested in HEARING what the candidates for ALL offices: Local, State, National will do to getL Jobs, Health Insurance, Immigration, Crime prevention, stiffer sentences, NO PLEA Deals, Housing foreclosures, Gun Control.
    I am tired of the ads he/she did this or said that. We have no way of know who is telling the truth.
    I am tired of the up & down polls every day
    I have been voting for almost 45 years and NEVER been part of a poll NEVER! NEITHER has my spouse or children

  • The Fox Oct 29, 2010

    Maybe there's a cure for that Liberal gene.

  • dixieboy Oct 29, 2010

    The law doesn't allow voter fraud either. But that doesn't seem to bother democrats.