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…