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Lisa Montelione campaign calls on TV stations to pull Shawn Harrison ad

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An attorney for the Lisa Montelione campaign is calling on local television stations to stop airing an ad by her Republican opponent in House District 63, Shawn Harrison, claiming it infringes on copyrighted material of Montelione.

The ad mocks Montelione’s own television ad released last month, which depicted a commercial film set with a director, cameraman, technical crew — but no candidate.

“Seen the Lisa Montelione commercial? You know, the one where she doesn’t show up,” asks the narrator at the beginning of Harrison’s ad, titled, “Where’s Lisa?”

Mark Herron, Montelione’s attorney, says Harrison’s campaign uses, “without authorization, approximately 15 seconds of copyrighted images lifted directly from the prior advertisement by Ms. Montelione’s campaign. That unauthorized use is classic copyright infringement.”

“Shawn Harrison’s clearly illegal actions are the sign of a desperate campaign struggling to stay afloat,” says Anders Croy, communications director for the House & Senate Victory Committee. “This is what a candidate does when his values and record do not align with the district he is seeking to represent. We look forward to this ad being swiftly taken down.”

FloridaPolitics has reached out to Harrison for comment.

The two candidates are locked in what is considered to be a tight battle for the seat, which encompasses parts of New Tampa, Pebble Creek, Lutz, Carrollwood, Lake Magdalene, and the USF area.

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Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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