RGA ad knowingly uses unverified jobs claims to falsely attack Tom Barrett
MADISON – Today, We are Wisconsin sent an official cease and desist letter to TV stations around Wisconsin demanding that an ad by Right Direction Wisconsin – a PAC of the Republican Governors Association – be immediately removed from rotation because of its false and unverified claims manipulating Scott Walker’s worst-in-the-nation jobs record.
The ad titled “Just the Facts” fits perfectly into the Orwellian world Walker and his allies inhabit. In reality, the ad uses the self-produced and unverified data Walker trotted out the day before official jobs numbers from BLS were released to create a false and misleading impression ahead of another monthly jobs report showing Wisconsin shed thousands of jobs.
Today, the nonpartisan fact checker Politifact rated a similar ad from Walker’s official campaign “Mostly False” due to the unverifiable nature of his factual claims, and the obvious political timing of the release.
“These ads by the RGA’s PAC have no candidate protections, and therefore have no guarantee under law to be broadcast – an television stations are not protected from legal liability for airing a false and misleading advertisements sponsored by such entities,” said We Are Wisconsin spokesman Kelly Steele. “Given the obvious falsehoods perpetrated by unverifiable numbers fabricated by Scott Walker’s political appointees – all to create a smokescreen around Walker’s worst-in-the-nation jobs record – stations have an obligation to pull RGA ads parroting the same false and misleading statements in their own commercials.”