New Anti-Rehberg, Pro-Cox Ads Have Suspicious Origins
There have been all kinds of issues with Super PAC money in various states, but rarely is that money channeled towards 3rd party candidates. In the final week before the election, television ads supporting Dan Cox and trashing Denny Rehberg have hit the airwaves.
Cox says he has nothing to do with the ads. He also says there's even more advertising going on than what folks see on television.
Full interview with Dan Cox:
"I received a mailer today" says Cox, "it has my name on it, but it actually doesn't have a disclaimer so we don't even know who sent it."
According to Cox, the mailer draws a distinction between Cox's stance on unconstitutional spending with Rehberg's spending on "pork barrel projects."
The only information on the flyer that says anything about who might have paid for it is a small liner that states Permit Number 781 Las Vegas, Nevada.
Cox also says the add doesn't even accurately portray his views on the issue of earmarks.
The television ads were purchased by Montana Hunters and Anglers, a group that Alex Levinson of the Daily Caller describes as being composed of a "Democratic donors, one Democratic state senator, and several donors to Tester."
Levinson details a variety of board members starting with the top. "The group’s president is Land Tawney, a member of Montana Sportsmen for Obama who also serves on Tester’s Montana Sportsmen’s Advisory Panel. On July 28, 2011, he made a $500 donation to Tester."
KGVO News has contacted The Federal Elections Commission about the mailers, but it is unclear if they were purchased by Montana Hunters and Anglers in the same way the televised ads were..