The Republican Party of Louisiana today sent cease and desist letters to Louisiana television stations and cable providers asking them to stop airing an ad by Senate Majority PAC attacking Representative Bill Cassidy.
The Senate Majority PAC ad has been debunked by non-partisan FactCheck.org as containing “audaciously false claims.” Television stations have a legal responsibility to eliminate false, misleading and deceptive ads, which Senate Majority PAC’s ads certainly are. Senate Majority PAC is the "super PAC" for Senate Democrat leader Harry Reid, who has been endorsed by Mary Landrieu.
“Television stations have a legal responsibility to prevent third party groups like Senate Majority PAC from lying to their viewers, and we expect them to honor that responsibility by pulling the ads immediately,” LAGOP Executive Director Jason Doré said. “The people of Louisiana deserve better than to be lied to, and Mary Landrieu should be embarrassed her supporters have resorted to lying to the people of Louisiana to benefit her campaign.”
The ad makes the claim that Cassidy sponsored a bill that would set up government run health care. FactCheck.org says this is “pure invention” and that voters should be insulted by the misleading nature of the ads.
The cease and desist letters have been sent to 23 television stations across the state. You can view a copy of the letter here.