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Dockadams Wrote: I don't like the Trump commercials either, there should be laws to outline ethics in campaign ads so candidates cannot lie about other candidates or what each has accomplished. As we all know, Trump is a lying sack of shit.
I agree with you, but Arizona Republic columnist E.J. Montini reminds us that it is perfectly legal for politicians to lie:
"We have an ongoing controversy over such a thing going on in Arizona right now. Sen. Martha McSally and the National Republican Senatorial Committee are attacking Democrat Mark Kelly with an ad that purports to say that Kelly and World View, a company with which he was affiliated, took $15 million in money from Pima County taxpayers and more or less pocketed the cash and broke their promises about jobs.
Tim Steller, the excellent columnist with the Arizona Daily Start, who’s been familiar with the deal since the beginning, said of the ad."
“It’s an absurd claim, a lie in fact.”
Likewise, World View has sent the TV stations running the ad a cease and desist letter demanding that they stop broadcasting something that is “false and defamatory.”
So, why haven’t they?
Basically, it’s because there is no independent arbiter to sort this stuff out. Candidates are permitted to lie, unlike the companies that sell you paper towels or potato chips.
Consumers are protected by truth in advertising laws administered by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
The commission has the authority to do everything from fining a company to pulling the ads.
It’s different with political ads. While the Federal Election Commission requires TV and radio ads to provide information about who produced them, what is said in those ads has been deemed protected speech, even if it’s not true.