Monday, October 23, 2006



McNerney files legal challenge; Misleading Pombo ad lacks necessary disclaimer

Jerry McNerney today challenged the legality of Richard Pombo's deceptive and desperate television advertisement. McNerney filed a formal complaint with the Federal Election Commission and advised each of the stations running the new advertisement that Pombo must now be charged the same rate as are non-political advertisers for the duration of the campaign.

Pombo's advertisement violates federal law. As recently amended by Congress, the Communications Act of 1934 requires a federal candidate who wishes to broadcast a television ad making a direct reference to another candidate for the same office to include at the end of the ad, for at least four seconds, an image of himself or herself. The ad must simultaneously provide a clearly readable printed statement identifying the candidate and stating that the candidate approved the ad and that his or her authorized committee paid for its broadcast. Pombo's image appears at the beginning of the ad, which does not include a printed statement that Pombo approved the ad.

"Richard Pombo believes he is above the law," said McNerney press secretary Yoni Cohen. "Pombo billed taxpayers for his family's vacation and performed legislative favors for Jack Abramoff in return for campaign contributions. Pombo gets the big things wrong. Is it any surprise he can't get the little things right?"


Jerry McNerney is a nationally recognized expert in wind engineering and renewable energy, with a PhD in mathematics. During his career in wind energy, McNerney's work contributed to saving the equivalent of approximately 30 million barrels of oil, or 8.3 million tons of carbon dioxide – the main greenhouse gas – as well as other harmful pollutants. The Democratic nominee for California's 11th Congressional District, Jerry has been married for 29 years and has three grown children. (source)
Hat Tip to SNTP:
SNTP: Pombo Blows Off The FEC Laws (source)
SNTP: "If you would like to register a complaint with any of the television stations in Sacramento which have aired this commercial, please feel free to contact them:
KOVR, TV13, CBS (916) 374-1313
KTXL, TV40, FOX (916) 454-4422
KCRA, TV3, NBC (916) 446-3333
KXTV, TV10, ABC (916) 441-2345
KMAX, TV31, CW (916) 374-1313
KQCA, TV58 (916) 447-5858" (source)


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