As election ads paid for by third-party groups begin to flood U.S. airways, one group seeking campaign finance reform is running an ad blasting a California Republican who has protected the current election financing system. The ad lampoons Dan Lungren, now seeking his 9th term representing the suburbs of Sacramento, California, as a bathing-suit-wearing-fatcat using a legal loophole to get a free Hawaiian vacation.
The ad was created by Campaign Money Watch, a group which describes itself as “dedicated to improving America’s campaign finance laws.” Campaign Money Watch, a project of the Washington-based Public Campaign Action Fund, reported on Sept. 27 that it spent $28,718 to produce and place the TV ad called “Hawaii Five-Oh.” The ad was funded by a $50,000 transfer from the Public Campaign Action Fund’s account.
The ad takes Lungren to task for travelling to Hawaii on his campaign committee’s dime, while he opposed a bill that would establish a partial public financing system for Congressional elections. The ad features surf music and video of a topless Lungren walking, in slow motion, amidst a tropical setting.
Lungren’s campaign office did not respond to requests for comment.
Ad Title: Hawaii Five-Oh
Paid for By: Campaign Money Watch
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