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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

 9:19 AM 

New Hovde ad beats back third-party attack ad

A new TV ad from U.S. Senate candidate Eric Hovde uses the Americans for Job Security ad to highlight the "false" attacks against him and hit back at former Gov. Tommy Thompson and former Congressman Mark Neumann.

The new 30-second TV ad, entitled "False," begins by showing a clip from the AJS ad, which the narrator describes as being run by a "shady Washington group with close ties to Tommy Thompson's campaign."

"Problem is, the ad is false," the narrator says. "So false, TV stations in Milwaukee and Green Bay yanked it off the air."

The ad then says that Hovde's companies never took stimulus money, but that Neumann's did and that companies Thompson represented also did.

The narrator ends by saying, "Neumann, Thompson: typical politicians, running typical false campaigns."

UPDATE: In a statement from AJS President Stephen DeMaura, the group said none of the stations actually took down the ad and that the organization "voluntarily clarified" the language in the spot.

"Mr. Hovde is desperately attempting to obscure the facts regarding his company receiving millions of dollars in stimulus money," DeMaura said. "This is a fact that government sources have verified and no independent news source has refuted. Our advertisement correctly illustrates the fact that Mr. Hovde's company has benefited from stimulus spending."

 -- By Jason Smathers


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