Dems Say Heller TV Ad Violates Campaign Law

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The Nevada Democratic Party said Republican Sen. Dean Heller's latest TV ad doesn't comply with Federal Election Commission regulations.

An FEC complaint filed Thursday takes issue with a commercial featuring Heller touting his "No Budget, No Pay" petition, which seeks to withhold pay from members of Congress until they pass a budget.

Heller introduces himself and verbally states he approved the message, but Democrats said it breaks rules because that endorsement doesn't also appear in writing.

Democrats asked the commission to impose the maximum fine for the violation.

Heller campaign spokeswoman Chandler Smith said corrected versions of the ad are being redistributed to TV stations.

The complaint comes a month after Washoe County Republicans claimed Democrats violated FEC rules in spending too much money promoting Heller's rival, Rep. Shelley Berkley.


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