McDonald cries foul over Marchione's 'misleading' ads (UPDATED)
The campaign of state Sen. Roy McDonald, R-Saratoga, has filed a complaint with a local good government group over "misleading" ads from the campaign of his Republican primary opponent, Saratoga County Clerk Kathy Marchione.
The complaint stems from two mailing advertisements sent from Marchione's campaign, which allegedly didn't identify her campaign as the source. Additionally, the campaign of McDonald is contending that one mailer inaccurately cited a New York Times article.
McDonald spokesman Michael Veitch said the complaint is being filed with the Fair Campaign Practices of the Capital Region, a group founded in 1999 by the League of Women Voters of Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Schenectady Counties and the Interfaith Alliance of New York State, Capital Region. His campaign is hoping that the group will condemn the Marchione campaign for these misleading advertisements. The group has guidelines about how campaigns should be run, including how mailing advertisements should be distributed.
Veitch said that ads like these distract voters from talking about jobs, the economy and taxes.
A spokesman for the Marchione campaign did not immediately respond for comment. Below are the two mailers, the NY Times article referenced and the complaint.
UPDATED (5:05 p.m. Friday) : Marchione spokesman Ken Giradin described the complaint as a "typical" one.
"Obviously, Roy McDonald didn’t want the voters being reminded that he told them to “take the job and shove it," he said. "If Roy didn’t want people talking about something, he shouldn’t have done it in the first place. "
As for the merit of the complaint, Giradin said the postal code listed on the mailers clearly links the advertisement to the Marchione campaign. As a result, he claimed the campaign had fulfilled the requirement of the Fair Campaign Practices' "Candidate Manual."
The manual requires that the identity must "clearly" be stated and contain "the name and address, or other contact information of the sponsor."
Going through the mailers, we also noted that "Exhibit C" references a
Gazette article. The mailer cites the line "enemy of reform" in the article, but it actually can't be found in the article. This paragraph appears to be where it was pulled from: Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch’s good-government group has joined the chorus criticizing proposed state legislative boundaries and identified three Capital Region senators as enemies of reform.
Negative Mailer Exhibit A
Negative Mailer Exhibit C
New York Times Article - Exhibit B
Unfair Campaign Complaint
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