Another Ad Attacking Rick Berg Pulled From Television Stations Due To Inaccuracies

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For the second time an ad attacking Rick Berg – this one sponsored by Harry Reid’s Majority PAC – has been pulled from North Dakota television stations due to inaccuracies.

Here’s the ad, which repeats false allegations about Rick Berg billing taxpayers for expensive trips (among other things). I wrote about those accusations previously, noting that while Democrats talk of expensive travel, Berg actually averaged just $630/year in travel expenses during his more than two decades in the legislature.

The Berg campaign sent out this statement after being notified that the ad would be pulled.

Fading in recent polls, Heitkamp and her liberal allies have become increasingly desperate, resorting to false and personal attacks against Rick to avoid talking about the big issues in this election. Harry Reid has invested over $5 million dollars in false attacks against Rick to help Heidi Heitkamp because he knows that she will be a rubber stamp for the liberal Obama agenda. With Harry Reid’s latest attack pulled from stations just 5 days before Election Day, we are confident that North Dakotans will continue to reject these false attacks and focus on real issues in this historic election for our nation’s future.

According to the campaign, they’ve been notified by NBC affiliates in the state that the ad will be pulled.

On a related note, has anyone noticed a big disparity in the tone of ads being run by Republicans and Democrats? Going beyond the cliched griping about “attack ads,” Berg has actually gotten flak from conservatives in the state for running an ad (which the NRSC ran, to be clear, not Berg) which actually called Hedi Heitkamp “nice.”

Meanwhile, Democrats have accused Berg of being a slum lord. Of voting to allow people to burn to death in their apartments. Of being a callous and uncaring rich guy, etc., etc.

I know it’s fashionable to condemn all politicians of sleazy politics, but in the Senate race most of the sleaze has really been coming from the left.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • Harold

    Sleazy people leave sleazy messages, Dingy Harry is one of those people.

  • http://Sayanythingblog.com The Whistler

    Yeah, but Rick Berg said that Heidi’s past doesn’t match her campaign. So that’s the same, somehow.

  • banjo kid

    He found out she is a fan of Cowboy poetry and has a cross up side down in a bowl of kool aid .Perfect democrat .

  • Jean

    The ad that bothers me is Heidi saying taxpayers paid for his airplane travels to and from Fargo and Bismarck. When in the legislature, ALL legislators, every month receive money for a certain amount of mileage for them to go home. I’m sure Berg used the amount for travel by car against the cost of the airplane and then paid the rest out of his own pocket, but you can also be sure Heidi would never explain that part. I wonder if her brother used his money or did he give it back??
    She couldn’t tell the truth if her life depended on it.

  • Stuart

    Come on you mean Dingy Harry would actually lie and make up false ads? Sounds ridiculous ! LOL

  • http://ndgoon.blogspot.com Goon

    This is funny Harry Reid has another ad pulled because it’s false… No big shocker, this is the same buffoon that said that Romney paid no income taxes and offered nothing to back up his claim.

  • $8194357

    There really needs to be “some sort of truth in advertising” huh…
    Barry aproves this messege about Colin Powells endorsement but leaves out
    the following “facts”..

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  • aviator

    It is my understanding that at one point, the Heitkamp campaign unwittingly chartered a plane Berg owned. They made a joke about a big plane landing in Minot, saying “that must be Berg’s plane” upon which the campaign was informed it wasn’t because the one they had arrived on was. Heitkamp’s jaw about hit the tarmac.

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