3 Wisconsin Stations Pull Political Attack Ad

By Kevin Eck 

Three Wisconsin stations have pulled a political ad claiming U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold was involved in an over-prescription scandal at a VA Medical Center.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the ad by the Freedom Partners Action Fund “focuses on a 2009 memo about problems at the Tomah facility. Feingold and the author of the memo contend Feingold didn’t receive it at that time.”

Jonathan Berkon and David Lazarus of the Perkins Coie law firm, which represents Feingold’s campaign, sent a two-page letter on Wednesday to TV stations around the state challenging the accuracy of the ad. Their letter called the commercial “false, misleading and deceptive.”

“For the sake of both FCC licensing requirements and the public interest, your station must immediately cease airing this advertisement,” Berkon and Lazarus wrote.

In response, the lawyers said, three stations — WMSN-TV in Madison and WLUK-TV and WGBA-TV in Green Bay — have agreed to stop running the TV spot. Freedom Partners has said it is spending $2 million on the ad buy. The commercial is not running in the Milwaukee market.

Here’s the ad:

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