Looks like a complaint has been filed against Matlock for his T.V ads. I think this takes a huge stand , stop trying to find a loop hole and just play this game of politics the right way.
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CONTACT: Andrew Davis – 865-202-5435, firstname.lastname@example.org
Burchett for Congress Files FEC Complaint Against Matlock for Illegal Television Ads
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (July 16, 2018) — The Burchett for Congress campaign filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) on Friday, July 13th, arguing that the Matlock for Congress campaign has illegally benefited from corporate-funded TV ads paid for by Matlock Tire Service.
The FEC has previously ruled (MUR 5410, Oberweis) that a television ad aired by a private business within close proximity to an election that prominently features the candidate and appears to promote the candidate constitutes an illegal corporate contribution. In the Oberweis case, the campaign was fined $21,000.
“It is extremely disappointing that Jimmy Matlock is trying to skirt federal election law by using his private business to promote his political candidacy,” said Burchett for Congress campaign manager Andrew Davis. “All the other candidates in this race understand the importance of playing by the rules and following the law – except Jimmy Matlock. It looks like Jimmy Matlock is just like all of the Washington politicians who think they should play by a different set of rules than the rest of us.”
Summary of the Complaint
Read the complaint here.
- Matlock Tire Service ran a television ad June 18 – June 25 that prominently featured Jimmy Matlock thanking the public for patronizing Matlock Tire Service.
- The Matlock Tire Service ad was produced by the Bingham Group, a vendor that has also serviced the Matlock for Congress campaign, further evidence that the business ad was a coordinated corporate contribution. (FEC, April Quarterly) (FEC, Year-End 2s017)
- The Matlock Tire Service ad was specifically aired on cable television stations (Fox News Channel, HGTV, and the History Channel) that target Republican primary voters – the same channels chosen by Matlock for Congress’ political ads.
- The Matlock Tire Service ad features similar imagery and messaging as the Matlock for Congress commercials. For example:
- Matlock Tire Service: “Hi, I’m Jimmy Matlock of Matlock Tire and for over 65 years we have been serving east Tennessee.”
- Matlock for Congress: “I’m Jimmy Matlock and I’ve spent the last 47 years changing your family’s tires.”
- While the Matlock Tire Service ad was on air, Matlock for Congress deliberately chose to minimize its campaign TV spending only for that time period.
- The Matlock Tires Service ad does not appear to have a legitimate business purposes, other than to “thank” customers.
- The corporate funded television advertisement is an improper coordinated communication made by the corporation in support of a federal campaign in violation of 52 U.S.C. § 30118(a).