The Republican campaign is fouling “three-pack” ads targeting Democratic senators. roland owsleyof Opposition to the Republican Party, Corey Simonthat the ad violated campaign finance laws, and that one ad used racially insensitive imagery.
In a complaint filed Wednesday with the Florida Election Commission, Leon County Republican Speaker and Florida Republican Speaker Evan Power accused the Florida Democratic Legislative and Election Commission of failing to meet disclosure requirements with at least four email ads and additional TV ads targeting Simon, effectively violating campaign finance laws.
A disclaimer in the ad indicates that the committee endorses Senator Osley. Janet Cruz Candidate for Senate 38th District Janelle Perezbut the ad makes no mention of endorsements from three Democrats.
“None of the political ads contained endorsements of the three candidates mentioned,” Power wrote in the complaint. “Neither does the ad contain any disclosure that each political ad is an independent expenditure. Clearly, such a claim would be ludicrous.”
By not explicitly showing the candidate’s endorsement, state law may treat the advertisement as an in-kind donation. If an advertisement is considered an in-kind contribution, it will exceed the in-kind limit of state law.
But the Florida Democratic Legislative and Election Commission, the election arm run by Senate Democratic leaders, said: Lauren Booktold Florida Politics that state election officials approved the ad’s fine print.
“The disclaimers used have been previously reviewed and approved for use by the Florida Elections Office.” Claire Van SusterenSpokesperson for the Commission.
“Republicans are trying to hide their dangerous record of hurting families in Florida.
A 3-pack allows state party operations to run ads that technically support three candidates, but functionally support only one. In the meantime, parties can bypass donation limits and pay at non-commercial rates.
a 2010 Grand Jury Report It denounced 3pac as “deceptive” advertising and urged lawmakers to ban the practice.
accountant Nancy Watkins — He has been the campaign treasurer for hundreds of local and national Republicans for over 30 years. Ron DeSantis — To Florida Politics, so long as the Florida Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee meets the criteria for a three-pack ad, including getting candidate approval, omitting approval from an ad can be a technical violation. said to have sex.
Also, the content of the advertisement matters. Some mailers contain clippings of children supported by targets with bullet holes.
“Don’t let extremists like Corey Simon turn our schools into shooting ranges,” the ad reads.
The other side shows a picture of Simon on a target stand.
according to Jim Crow Museum At Ferris State University, black faces and live black targets were popular in carnival games in the late 19th century.
Republicans, in particular, seem to take issue with advertising because of “the country’s dangerous history of using images of black men for targeted practice,” as a spokesperson for the Simon campaign characterized it. Erin IsaacFlorida’s Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee had been using the disclaimer language for months, but it wasn’t until after the gun safety ad was posted that Power filed a complaint.
The Power and Simon campaign asked Ousley to apologize for the image.
“Loran, you can’t be an ally at your convenience,” Isaac said in a statement.
The ad featured Simon, a former Florida State football star who is a favorite with Seminole fans. endorsement From DeSantis.DeSantis is repeated His intent to sign the Unlicensed Carrying Act before resigning from the presidency to eliminate the need for Florida residents to obtain a permit to carry a handgun.
The ad also highlights a portion of a tweet Simon posted in March 2018, the month after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that killed 17 people. The shooter used an AR-15 style semi-automatic rifle, sparking debate at the time about whether to ban similar weapons.
“Yes, ARs are hunting rifles. And they make up less than 1% of all mass shootings. Simon said. murmured.
Simon’s campaign website does not include a platform, but says it supports “protecting individual liberties and constitutional rights.” However, Simon’s campaign told Florida Politics that he supports the Guardian Program and the placement of school resource officers on campuses to protect children.
Isaac said, “It’s politics at its worst to suggest that Corey has done nothing but protect his children all his adult life.
The Florida Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee called technical complaints and image complaints distracting from the campaign.
“The Florida Republican Legislative Campaign Committee is clearly trying to erase black history from our classrooms and divert attention from its own racist policies that deprive us of our rights.
“Cory Simon should stop backing down and say outright if he agrees with the way schools in North Florida are literally banning black leaders from classroom displays and black authors from school libraries. Fight for full open carry on school grounds, or make sure Republicans take away abortion rights from victims of rape, incest, and human trafficking.”
Ausley did not respond to Florida Politics’ request for comment, but Ausley and Simon are set to face off in the first debate on Monday.
Simon is a former Florida State University and National Football League footballer and former CEO of Volunteer Florida, joining his first office campaign. Ausley served in the House of Representatives from 2000 until he was in 2008, from 2016 until he was elected to the Senate in 2020. Both live in Tallahassee.