Republican gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory’s political campaign filed a formal complaint with the Federal Communications Commission to pull a Democratic campaign ad about him off the air. McCrory campaign says the ad is misleading and false. The Charlotte Observer also found problems with the ad.
A McCrory press release claims the ad is also in violation of The Federal Communications Act by failing to identify the true sponsor of the ad: the Democratic Governor’s Association.
“North Carolina Citizens for Progress is a front group for Governor Perdue and The Democratic Governor’s Association on behalf of Walter Dalton and North Carolinians deserve to know who is paying to defame Pat McCrory’s good name,” said spokesperson Brian Nick. “In addition to violating federal law, the ad violates several North Carolina statutes as well. Pat McCrory did not receive one dime of compensation as a result of his efforts serving as Mayor to keep 3500 jobs from leaving North Carolina, and this campaign will use every means necessary to defend his good name.”
In addition to filing a formal complaint with the FCC, legal counsel to The Pat McCrory Committee today sent a second letter to stations that are still running the ad ahead of taking legal action.
At least one station, WXII in Winston-Salem has agreed to pull the ad.