Thursday, March 27, 2008

"Truth-O-Meter" Vol.I, No. 6 ... "What's Up Doc?

"And the Truth shall set you free"

The ol'Gonz is beside himself tonight. I just have been biting my tongue for about three days so that I would not regret posting something in the heat of the moment that would float around on the Internet for the next who-knows-how-long.

Fellow Truth-seekers, I just can't help myself. It's shameless and self-aggrandizing, I know, but it's like a Lay's potato Chip ... or a frozen blender drink ... how can you have just one?

Our erstwhile campaign operatives over at the nameless campaign have screwed the pooch once again. I know, I should just let them fnik the poodle and take pleasure in the fact that they can't play well with others, but it is just too satisfying to point it out to our devoted readers and fellow hacks, flacks and DDs.

Here's the deal as it was emailed to me by an obviously well-informed reader of our humble blog (and this is verbatim, friends, we deal in the Truth) ...

What’s up Doc?

Well, here we go again. John McGoff, candidate for Congress, is airing negative attack ads against Congressman Dan Burton, but once again, showing how not ready for prime time the McGoff campaign is, right out of the box - on the first ad - they are in violation of the Federal Election Campaign Act.

The ad fails to comply with the “stand by your ad” provisions of 11 CFR §110.11(c)(3) because there is no "voice over" by McGoff stating that he approves of the ad.
You know, you've heard it on every single federal candidate ad ... "I'm Barrrrak Obamamamamamamia, and I approve this message because it's time for Change!" Even Andre Carson got it right. (Back to reality ... embellishment is mine G.O.D.)

The penalty for airing ads in violation of that provision is that the candidate loses the benefit of the “lowest use charge of the station for the same class and amount of time for the same period, “ i.e., the discount rate for political ads for this ad and any other broadcast ad by McGoff within 45 days of the primary election. (See 47 USC § 315(b)(1) and (2)).

It just begs the question, “If integrity matters, John, why are you breaking the law?” And, ummmm, making your donors dig sooooo much deeper to pay the going rate for your lame ads?

The bigger question: Why doesn't the liberal main-stream-media point this out? Bigger question still: Why aren't the radio and TV stations actually enforcing the rules? Inquiring Minds want to know.

So, we know that he lies and distorts the truth. We now know that he breaks the law. What's next?

We can hardly wait.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

The ad has the "I approve this message" line at the begginning. The listener either heard wrong, or the McGoff campaign noticed this already and replaced it with a proper version I heard this morning on air. I support Burton, but this complaint aint going nowhere.

"Gonz" said...

Thanks for the update! We're listening for it ourselves.