Hultgren Campaign Urges TV Stations to Stop Running Dishonest Foster Ad

From the Hultgren for Congress campaign (14th District)…

ST. CHARLES – The Randy Hultgren for Congress campaign today sent a letter to Chicago-area TV stations, informing them that they are not required to air dishonest television advertisements paid for by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

“Today’s letter to the four stations informs them that the DCCC’s advertisement intentionally and knowingly deceives viewers about Randy’s status as the only anti-tax candidate in this race, and reminds them that they are under no obligation to run the ad,” said campaign manager John Cooney. “The stations also have an obligation to their viewers, per the Federal Communications Commission, to protect the public from false, misleading deceptive advertising, and the ad in question is all three. Rather than touting Congressman Foster’s record of supporting Nancy Pelosi 93% of the time in Washington, the DCCC has instead chosen to knowingly distort Randy’s record and position on the issues that matter to constituents.”

“In addition, our request has recent precedent, as similar ads were pulled by TV stations in Michigan last week[1] and in Pittsburgh in May.[2] Further, ads similar to that the DCCC is using to smear Randy Hultgren have been criticized as ‘not true’ by the non-partisan website We hope that the stations will remember their duty to their viewers and reject the DCCC’s desperate and misleading ad.”

A copy of the letter is available upon request.

[1] “McDowell Ad, Criticized As Misleading, Pulled From TV,”,, 10/19/10

[2] Mackenzie Carpenter, “TV Station Pulls Political Ad Over Questions Of Truth,”, 10/15/10)

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