Dan Webster campaign demands TV stations pull "misleading" DCCC/Val Deming TV spot

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Over the weekend, lawyers for Daniel Webster’s campaign submitted a cease-and-desist letter to area television stations calling for an end to airing ad paid for by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).

Once again, Mrs. Demings and her liberal supporters such as the DCCC, Nancy Pelosi and Emily’s List focus efforts on tired lies and distractions rather than offering any plan for restoring our economy or protecting our most vulnerable citizens,” said Webster spokeswoman Katie Patchett.

 The ad characterizes Webster as spending $100,000 on sofas, flat screen TVs, and spiral staircases in a lounge built for lobbyists. Politifact Florida recently debunked these lies stating, “The room cost nothing to create, and was a converted windowless office with a threadbare couch and House archived photos on the wall.” Webster never spent $100,000 on a lobbyist lounge.

The letter demands stations immediately cease airing the “false and misleading ads”, and requests stations reject the purchase of time for future airings. Webster’s lawyers argue that “the false claims by the DCCC do not constitute a ‘candidate use;’ therefore, stations are not obligated to air advertisements by third parties.”

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