Ouch: Television Stations Pull Heitkamp Ad Over False Advertising
According to a press release from the Rick Berg campaign, two North Dakota television stations have pulled a pro-Heidi Heitkamp, anti-Berg ad being run by the DSCC.
The campaign’s full press release is below.
Here’s the DSCC ad, entitled “Facts” ironically enough, which repeats claims made by the Heitkamp campaign about Rick Berg’s connections to Goldmark Property Management a prior iteration of which Berg founded back in the 1980′s. “Rick Berg claims he’s had nothing to do with a property management company that ignored fire codes and hounded tenants,” the ad’s narrator says. “The facts: Berg not only helped start the company, he served as its spokesman. The company was even listed as Berg’s employer on his real estate license and on federal forms.
“So, do you trust Rick Berg or do you trust the facts?” the ad continues, showing video of Berg at a press conference saying he had “absolutely no involvement” in the company.
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NORTH DAKOTA TELEVISION STATIONS PULL FALSE ATTACK AGAINST RICK BERG
Fargo, ND – Copied below is a statement from Berg for Senate spokesman Chris Van Guilder announcing that the false Democrat Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) ad, titled “Facts,” is being pulled from TV stations:
“Today’s decision by North Dakota television stations to pull from the air the false attack by Heidi Heitkamp’s largest campaign supporter confirms what we’ve said all along – the ad attacking Rick’s business background is untrue and inaccurate.
“Heidi Heitkamp bears responsibility for these ads since her campaign has been peddling negative and personal attacks against Rick in a very transparent attempt to run from her long record of enthusiastically supporting President Obama’s big government policies, like Obamacare.
“Heidi Heitkamp and Obama’s allies backing her campaign should stop their personal smear campaign and return to the issues that matter to North Dakotans, such as repealing Obamacare and its cuts to Medicare, eliminating unnecessary regulations, and reducing our crushing national debt.”
Valley News Live and WDAY notified the Berg campaign this afternoon that they would pull the ad because it contains false, misleading or deceptive advertising.
To date, the DSCC has committed to spend over $3.3 million on behalf of Heidi Heitkamp. Their mission, as stated on their website, is to “give President Obama the help he needs on Capitol Hill to move our country forward.”