An Illegal Ad for Brown?

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at 4:10 pm

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is hitting Massachusetts GOP Senate candidate Scott Brown over an ad launched yesterday by a 527 called Americans for Responsible Health Care. The problem? ARHC is a front for Bill Binnie, a wealthy New Hampshire businessman who’s running for Senate in that state.

Marc Elias, a Democratic lawyer who’s now at Perkins Coie LLP, explains the problem:

The law is clear: federal candidates cannot raise or spend soft money. By establishing a section 527 organization that does not report to the FEC while also running for Senate, Binnie is violating a central tenet of recent federal campaign finance reform.

The full DSCC release (which is also notable for displaying how hard the committee is focusing on the bumbling Coakley campaign) is here:

As a New Hampshire Republican runs illegal ads for Scott Brown in Massachusetts, will Brown stand by his friend or denounce the ad for being illegal?

By forming a “527” issues advocacy group called Americans for Responsible Health Care to run ads for Scott Brown in Massachusetts, the New Hampshire Republican Senate candidate is breaking the law. Senate candidates are, by law, not allowed to form a “527” Issues Advocacy Group and run television advertisements for other candidates. The illegality of the ads begs the question: What will Scott Brown do? Will he stand by his Republican buddy who is illegally spending over $200,000 or will he reject the ads?

“We knew it was strange for a New Hampshire Republican to plaster himself on the Massachusetts airwaves for Scott Brown, but now we know it’s illegal,” said DSCC National Press Secretary Deirdre Murphy. “With friends like these, it’s no wonder the people of Massachusetts don’t trust Scott Brown. Will Scott Brown continue to let his Republican buddy run illegal ads for him on the air or will he denounce the ads and their message?”

“The law is clear: federal candidates cannot raise or spend soft money,” said Marc Elias, chair of the Political Law Group at Perkins Coie LLP.  “By establishing a section 527 organization that does not report to the FEC while also running for Senate, Binnie is violating a central tenet of recent federal campaign finance reform.”

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youmustbejoking
Comment posted January 13, 2010 @ 4:46 pm

So will the republican candidate denounce and insist on the removal of the illegal ad? How ethical is he?


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ellid
Comment posted January 14, 2010 @ 3:38 pm

Probably not very, considering how many out of state teabagging are now Astroturfing Massachusetts and the Boston Globe's web site.


ellid
Comment posted January 14, 2010 @ 8:38 pm

Probably not very, considering how many out of state teabagging are now Astroturfing Massachusetts and the Boston Globe's web site.


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Comment posted July 26, 2010 @ 7:45 am

To me, this is one of those lying lies by one of the lying liars that tell them. I've seen the exchange between the reporter and Brown. Weigel is either completely stupid in his interpretation of Brown's reaction to misleading question; or, he's a liar. I say liar, but if he prefers stupid, well then… OK.


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Comment posted September 29, 2010 @ 9:17 am

So will the republican candidate denounce and insist on the removal of the illegal ad? How ethical is he?


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