July 24, 2013Ken SelvaggiGeneral Manager WAVE725 S. Floyd St.Louisville, KY 40203
Re: Matt Bevin for U.S. Senate Committee Advertisement
Dear Mr. Selvaggi,As counsel to McConnell Senate Committee ‘14, we write to inform you that MattBevin’s authorized campaign committee, Matt Bevin for U.S. Senate, is running anadvertisement
on your station that contains inadequate disclaimers in violation of federal law.As a result of the violation described more fully below, we urge your station to immediatelycease airing Mr. Bevin’s advertisement.Federal election campaign law states that any television communication sponsored by acandidate or candidate’s committee must include a statement that identifies the candidate and states that the candidate has approved the communication. Federal law also makes clear that inaddition to being made verbally, this statement “
also appear in writing at the end of thecommunication in a clearly readable manner…” 2 U.S.C. § 441d(d)(1)(B)(ii); 11 CFR § 110.11(b).The “stand by your ad” statement “identifies the candidate and states that he or she hasapproved the communication.” 11 CFR § 110.11(c)(3)(ii). In this case, for example: “Paid for by Bevin for Senate. Approved by Matt Bevin.” The ad that Mr. Bevin’s committee is currentlyrunning on your station fails to include such a written statement, and as such violates federal law.As a result of Mr. Bevin’s committee’s failure to include a legally compliant disclaimer,we urge you to immediately cease airing the advertisement at issue.