Fair Elections Commission Upholds Challenge From Slaughter Campaign
The Fair Election Commission has ruled on a challenge brought by Congresswoman Louise Slaughter for an ad supporting her challenger, Maggie Brooks.
Slaughter claimed the ad contained four inaccuracies, violating the Fair Campaign Pledge. The ad, produced by Crossroads GPS, said the Congresswoman voted to send nearly $2 million to collect ants in Africa, spent $25 million for snow making in Vermont, and $300,000 to study weather on the planet Venus all while over a quarter of a million people had lost their jobs in New York State.
The commission handed down a mixed ruling, saying all of the ad's claims were true, except the notion that Slaughter voted to spend $25 million on snow making in Vermont.
Based on those findings, the committee ruled that Slaughter's opponent, Maggie Brooks, should publically condemn the ad in question that the committee deemed inaccurate. Brooks' campaign did not produce the ad.