Oct. 8, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Susan Myrick (919) 834-2099 email@example.com
News Flash: Civitas, Democrats Agree
It’s Wrong to Put Misleading Names on Campaign Ads
RALEIGH – The Civitas Institute has released the following statement:
Civitas is happy that the North Carolina Democratic Party agrees political organizations should follow the law and not misrepresent their organizations by falsifying sponsorship names.
The N.C. Democratic Party filed a complaint on Oct. 2 over a candidate’s use of a nonexistent committee name as a funding source. The candidate in question was state Rep. Tom Murry, R-Wake, who is running for re-election in House District 41. Murry responded immediately, on Oct. 3, to the complaint by changing the disclaimer and delivering the newly edited ad to the TV outlets in his market. “Any ad featuring the disclaimer Paid for by Tom Murry for NC House has been taken out of circulation,” he wrote in a statement.
On Sept. 17, Civitas President Francis De Luca filed a similar complaint with the State Board of Elections against three organizations. Two of those organizations, the Natural Resources Defense Council and Southern Environmental Law Center, are using a non-existent front group, North Carolina Environmental Partnership, to run nearly $3 million worth of campaign ads targeting Republican legislators.
The Civitas Institute – “North Carolina’s Conservative Voice” – is a policy institute based in Raleigh, N.C. More information is available at www.nccivitas.org, or contact Jim Tynen at (919) 834-2099 or firstname.lastname@example.org.