DGA revises anti-Maloney ad after stations pull commercial

By westvirginia on September 28, 2011
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By Steven Allen Adams | West Virginia Watchdog

CHARLESTON — There many TV ads in circulation during the this special election for governor, but one was pulled off the airwaves temporarily and has since been revised.

The Maloney campaign said today that two southern West Virginia TV stations, WVVA and WOAY, are pulling the most recent TV ad by the Democratic Governors Association off of rotation.

The ad, titled “This is West Virginia,” includes commentary from teachers criticizing Maloney’s stand on federal funding for education. The ad is one of three created by America Works USA, which is funded by the DGA.

The ad, citing an Associated Press article from April, claims that “Bill Maloney will end incentives that create jobs.” A similar claim is made in a previous DGA ad.

FactCheck.org, a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, published an article fact-checking the ads in the 2011 special election for West Virginia’s next governor, which ends Oct. 4. Factcheck.org said the DGA claim, first used in the ad “Backs,” was not factual.

“A group funded in part by the Democratic Governors Association wrongly accuses Maloney of wanting to ‘eliminate business incentives for everyone.”‘ the article said. “In fact, he said he wanted to create incentives that are ‘open to everybody.’

“It is pretty clear that Maloney does support tax changes to lure new businesses to West Virginia,” the article said.

“Barack Obama will do anything to keep conservative businessman Bill Maloney out of the Governor’s Mansion, and that includes blatant lies to the voters of West Virginia,” said Michelle Yi, spokesperson for the Maloney campaign. “The extreme outside groups involved in this smear campaign should be ashamed of themselves.”

Elizabeth Smith, spokesperson for the DGA, said America Works USA added an additional two citations to clear up any confusion about the ad. America Works USA sent the revised ad back to the stations, which are playing it again.

“The Maloney campaign’s claim is false – America Works’ latest ad is still running,” Smith said. “We appreciate the opportunity to highlight once more how Bill Maloney would reject all federal funding for West Virginia schools and eliminate business incentives that helped bring companies like Macy’s, Toyota, and Amazon to West Virginia, even though he has admitted that he once took advantage of taxpayer-funded government loans.”

Frank Brady, Jr., the general manager of WVVA, which serves the cities of Bluefield and Beckley, said the West Virginia Broadcasters Association asked stations to pull the America Works USA ads.

“Based on the circumstances yesterday and the commercial that we had been running, we pulled that,” Brady said. “It was up to us, but (the West Virginia Broadcasters Association) recommended we not run it. We notified America Works this morning and we’ve already received the revised commercial.”

“When stations get an ad and it’s in question or it might be tagged right or something, then we take a look at it,” said Michele Crist, executive director of the West Virginia Broadcasters Association. “The group properly re-tagged everything, so there doesn’t seem to be a problem.”

The DGA, through America Works USA, has spent $2.4 million as of Monday. The Republican Governors Association, through the Republican Governors Public Policy Committee, has spent $2.7 million as of Tuesday. The DGA supports Senate President and Acting Governor Earl Ray Tomblin. The RGA supports businessman Bill Maloney. The special election for governor is Oct. 4.

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