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RPOF files complaint over Charlie Crist ad



Updated with comment from John Morgan and the TV station, which takes responsibility for the mistake.

A Morgan & Morgan TV commercial featuring Charlie Crist has drawn a complaint from the Republican Party of Florida, which says it’s an in-kind contribution that violates contribution limits.

The ad ran on a CBS affiliate in Tallahassee, according to RPOF. Crist works for the law firm, which has also drawn questions for billboards featuring the former governor.

"Like the Morgan & Morgan billboards featuring Charlie, these TV ads are a clear violation of the law because as a declared candidate they qualify as a reportable contribution," RPOF Executive Director Juston Johnson said in a statement. "Failing to report the TV ads is a clear breach of the law and a promise to work 'for the people.'"

Said John Morgan: "If it ran it was an error by the TV station. All ads featuring Charlie were taken down the day he announced. The TV station owes Charlie an apology and me my money back."

TV station: "WCTV wants to apologize to both Mr. Morgan and Mr. Crist for inadvertently airing a commercial that we were not instructed to air. The station receives many commercials from Morgan & Morgan and accidently typed in the wrong commercial code, causing the error.  WCTV accepts full responsibility for this human error.  Per the request of Morgan & Morgan, all commercials have been removed from WCTV’s air until further notice."

[Last modified: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 10:40am]


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