The Florida Democratic Party sent a letter Thursday morning to 67 television stations in all 10 media markets asking them to refrain from airing the "patently false" attack ad from the Rick Scott campaign featuring Democrat Charlie Crist's support of Obamacare.
The $2 million ad campaign was launched last week by the governor's "Let's Get to Work" committee and features former Gov. Charlie Crist being asked by CNN if he thought Obamacare has harmed Floridians and he replies "I don't think so at all. I think it's been great." The ad also repeats statements about the impact of Obamacare that the Associated Press and PolitiFact have demonstrated are inaccurate.
“This advertisement knowingly misleads your viewing audience about the impact of the Affordable Care Act,’’ writes lawyer Mark Herron for the Democratic Party. “As a responsible media source, it is your duty to ensure that this type of advertising does not contain patently false information. The FDP would strongly urge you to refrain from airing this advertisement.” Download Obamacare Great Cease and Desist
The letter then cites reports by PolitiFact and a story by Associated Press reporter Gary Fineout that demonstrated the ads were inaccurate. Herron attaches a point-by-point rebuttal. Download 2014 03.24 Charlie Crist on Obamacare Great Rebuttal
The ad says that “news reports say 300,000 health plans cancelled,’’ but the Democrats point out that a spokesman for Florida Blue, which held the plans, told the Associated Press this month that policyholders who initially had been notified that they could lost their plans have actually "kept their plans."
The ad also claims that the federal government says that Obamacare will result in “less work hours for American jobs.” The Democrats say that is inaccurate by citing a February PolitiFact report that refers to a Congressional Budget Office report which concluded that some Americans will decide on their own to work fewer hours because of the greater access to insurance on the individual market and subsidies to help pay for it from Obamacare. PolitiFact this week examined the ad and ruled it "mostly false."
The Democrats also note that the ad quotes a CBO report claiming “Obamacare will drive 2.5 million Americans out of the workforce” when the phrase never appeared in the CBO report.
The Republican Party of Florida called the letter "another example of amateur lawyering by Florida Democrats.
"They are desperately trying to change the subject away from the fact that they, and their darling candidate Charlie Crist, support a devastating, disastrous, and wildly unpopular law that harms Floridians. It didn’t work before and it won’t work this time,” said RPOF spokeswoman Susan Hepworth.
This is the second time the party has asked television stations to take down an ad by the governor’s campaign. Two weeks ago, the party said the governor’s first ad of the campaign titled “Families” violated Florida law because it failed to prominently indicate that it was paid for by the governor’s campaign because it said only that it was “sponsored by Let’s Get to Work.”