Did you hear? The Republican Party of Kentucky filed an FEC complaint against Bruce Lunsford for paying to appear on the CW’s morning show. The appearance, the RPK alleges, is a paid commercial for Bruce that didn’t contain the proper disclaimers. See the full text of the RPK’s press release after the jump.
What’s funny, really, is that Michael Cassaro appeared on the same show doing the same thing this past Monday. RPK didn’t mention him. Selective, eh?
The Lunsford campaign responded, noting:
“It was acknowledged on the air that the interview segment was paid for by the campaign. The campaign was not at all involved in the production of the television show,” -SNIP- “If there was a written disclaimer required in that instance and the campaign was responsible for making sure the television producers put that on the air, it was an oversight and we will take responsibility.”
Long story short: It’s the station’s responsibility to ensure that proper disclaimers are provided, if required, since they’re the folks who produce the show. Dan Spangler did explain that Bruce’s campaign paid for the segment but didn’t do so in the manner in which the FEC requires. In fairness, I’m pretty sure the station’s management had no idea they were responsible for so much re: the FEC. (I mean, who is? Like four people in the entire state.)
The Lunsford camp says it takes responsibility for any mix-up and I’m sure, knowing station management personally, that the CW will do anything it’s required to do.
RPK Release after the jump…
RPK CHAIRMAN: LUNSFORD VIOLATED FEC RULES WITH TV AD
FRANKFORT – Republican Party of Kentucky Chairman Steve Robertson announced today that he will file a complaint with the Federal Election Commission against Bruce Lunsford for airing television advertisements without the legally required disclaimer – and a second complaint with the Federal Communications Commission against the CW television station in Louisville for airing the illegal advertisement.
“It is ironic that Bruce Lunsford is complaining about Greg Fischer’s inability to follow the law when Lunsford himself is violating the same requirements,” said Robertson, referring to a letter Lunsford’s attorneys recently sent to television stations around Kentucky complaining about Greg Fischer’s commercials that also violate federal election law.
On April 21, 2008, Bruce Lunsford appeared in a television broadcast on the CW’s “Louisville Live this Morning” program, during which the show’s host, Dan Spangler, admits that Lunsford paid for the segment, making the appearance a paid advertisement. The paid segment did not contain the required disclaimer.
“Based on the recent actions of Bruce Lunsford and his attorneys with regard to Greg Fischer’s illegal ads, this is clearly a willful and knowing violation of federal law that should result in Lunsford not being eligible for lowest unit rate advertising under FCC regulations, not to mention the penalties that could be imposed by the FEC,” said Robertson.
Copies of the complaints will be available tomorrow upon request from the Republican Party of Kentucky.