Rick Berg Campaign Plagiarizes Democrat Ad From 2011?

Here’s Rick Berg’s recently-released campaign ad, his first for the 2012 cycle, which features him and his mother goofing around.

Here’s an ad Delaware Democrat Ward Armstrong ran in 2011:

Outside of a few variances in the script, they’re pretty much the same. North Dakota Democrats – desperate to talk about anything but the state of the economy, the state of the national budget and Obamacare – have already pitched the story to North Dakota’s most biased reporter Kristen Daum who naturally ran their talking points.

That Daum has time for trivia like this, but no time for Heidi Heitkamp’s extra-special trial lawyer campaign fund, is telling. Daum might as well be blogging for the Democrats.

So what happened with Berg’s ad? I’m guessing he’s hired a political advertising firm that is recycling ads. Probably the Berg campaign didn’t even know the ad formula had been used before in another campaign.

Maybe the Berg campaign’s advertising firm ought to be fired.

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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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