The Journal Gazette
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 11:02 am

Indiana Democrats assail disclaimer

Niki Kelly | The Journal Gazette

The Indiana Democratic Party is worried about disclaimers.

So worried it filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission Tuesday against the Republican Governors Association.

The Democratic Party claims two recent negative ads aired against Democratic governor candidate John Gregg by the RGA Right Direction PAC don't have the proper federally required disclaimers.

Both ads have a narrator say "RGA Right Direction PAC is responsible for the content of this advertising."

Also in writing on the screen it says ,"Paid for by RGA Right Direction Pac, 202-662-4162, and not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee."

But that's not enough, according to Indiana Democrats.

Federal law requires the disclaimer notice must identify who paid for the message, state that it was not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee, and list the permanent street address, telephone number or web address of the person who paid for the communication.

Democrats also contend the segment about the RGA being responsible for the content of the advertising must be spoken AND written.

“We’re asking the FEC to investigate, and for the RGA to pull down the ad. It’s clear the RGA is willing to do anything to avoid talking about Gov. Mike Pence’s failed record," said John Zody, chairman of the Indiana Democratic Party.

RGA spokesman Jon Thompson said, "We stand by our ad. If this desperate attempt by Indiana Democrats to mislead voters is their only response to John Gregg’s record of wasteful spending, tax-hikes and special favors for his clients at Enron, his campaign is in serious trouble.”

Democratic spokesman Drew Anderson also said the complaint isn't nitpicky.

"(Pence) is letting the RGA do the negative campaigning. So if you break the law, we are going to call you on it," he said.

The complaint was notarized by the Democratic co-chair of the Indiana Election Division.

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