Yesterday, the North Carolina Republican Party pointed out
that Cal Cunningham's campaign was begging dark money groups to come to their rescue after it was announced that Erica Smith would be receiving some outside air cover of her own. Sure enough, the b-roll
Cunningham posted to his own website Wednesday found its way into a Vote Vets ad
released just a day later - appearing as if he is again illegally coordinating with his Super PAC. The dark money group is pledging to spend $2.5 million
on this latest ad, bringing their grand total of spending on Cunningham's behalf to almost $6 million.
"Cal Cunningham is so afraid of losing to Erica Smith that he appears to have violated FEC regulations again so that his Super PAC can come to his rescue,"
said NCGOP spokesman Jeff Hauser. "This proves that Cunningham's entire anti-corruption platform is just one giant ruse to deceive the people of North Carolina, and that he can no longer be trusted."
This isn't the first time Cunningham has raised eyebrows for potentially coordinating with dark money groups. Earlier this month it was reported
that an ethics complaint was filed by a third party watchdog against VoteVets for illegally coordinating with the Cunningham campaign on television ads.
- Contact: Jeff Hauser