Supporters of Ohio Governor John Kasich delivered a severe blow to the Trump campaign’s efforts to win the “Buckeye” state. Earlier this week the Trump campaign released a scathing attack ad connecting governor with Lehman Brothers (a name associated with the 2008 housing crash) as well as depicting Kasich as an “absentee” governor. Here’s more about Trump’s ad via Twitter.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 11, 2016
But it seems Kasich supporters got the last word after convincing television stations across Ohio to refuse running Trumps ad by citing a technical election law violation contained within the ad.
A super PAC supporting the Kasich campaign called “New Day for America” called various stations and complained the ad was “falsely attacking Ohio Gov. John Kasich,” and that the ad did not meet federal regulation required for political advertisements.
“No disclaimer appears at the end of the advertisement paid for by Donald Trump,” Matt Carle, executive director of New Day for America, wrote in the complaint. “Consequently, this advertisement is in violation of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, and it must be removed from the air.”
New Day for America announced its move to block the ad, which was confirmed by media buyers. WDTN and WHIO, among other stations, said they would not air the ad in its current form. The ad was released late Friday evening and begun running in across Ohio on Saturday.
According to the Federal Election Commission, political ads must also include a “clearly readable” written disclaimer that appears at the end of the advertisement “for a period of at least four seconds” and have a “reasonable degree of color contrast” between the background and the disclaimer’s statement.
The Trump campaign made the mistake of varying where they put the disclaimer; some ads show it near the beginning and some near the end. Until now the billionaire’s campaign had no problems with complaints about this irregular practice.In the Trump ad, he accuses Kasich of helping “Wall Street predator Lehman Brothers destroy the world economy.” Kasich joined the investment banking division of Lehman Brothers in 2001, and he worked there until the firm imploded in 2008. Lehman Brother’s collapse is often described as the catalyst of the global crisis which shook financial markets causing worldwide panic.
Kasich joined the investment banking division of Lehman Brothers in 2001, and he worked there until the firm imploded in 2008. Lehman Brother’s collapse is often described as the catalyst of the global crisis which shook financial markets causing worldwide panic.
New Day for America was quick troll the Trump campaign on their embarrassing public relations defeat.
“Campaigns always reflect the candidate, and it’s clearly amateur hour over at Trump HQ,” Matt David, New Day For America’s chief strategist, said in a statement. “How can a campaign who can’t figure out how to run a television ad possibly beat the Clinton political machine? It’s a joke.”