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Ethics Ad Finally On the Air



We've been expecting this for a long time. And it's no surprise the attack on Tom Gallagher came from a third-party television buy instead of out of the direct coffers of the Charlie Crist campaign. Ain't that what 527's are for?

Floridians for Truth and Integrity in Government's 30-second ad, allegedly being broadcast on television statewide, opens with the statement, "Home Insurance Stocks Skyrocket" and then a series of five newspaper extracts about Gallagher's ownership of insurance stocks while insurance commissioner. Probably no coincidence that four of the five newspapers cited are along the I-4 corridor, including Buzz's St. Petersburg Times.

Buzz has tried to confirm the buy with FTIG. But the committee, which got a big chunk of its funding courtesy of a group set up by Virginia Republican operative Christopher LaCivita of anti-Kerry Swift Boat ad fame, isn't returning our calls.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 12:42pm]


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