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Huckabee Rally With Fleishmann Canceled; TV Ad, Statesmen’s Dinner Continue

Third District Congressman Chuck Fleischmann canceled campaign rallies with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee Thursday, but Huckabee is still the keynote speaker at the Tennessee Republican Party’s leading fundraiser of the year, the “Statesman’s Dinner” in Nashville.
Huckabee is also appearing in Fleishmann’s latest TV commercial. In it, Huckabee describes Fleischmann as “a good man… a devoted husband and father, a committed man of faith.”
Fleischmann said he would attempt to reschedule a campaign event with Huckabee later. The Thursday events were scrapped when the House scheduled a vote on the U.S. Department of Defense budget for Thursday evening, creating a time conflict for the congressman.
It’s a bit unusual for the keynote speaker at the Statesman’s Dinner to be publicly backing a candidate in a hotly-contested Republican congressional primary. Tickets for the fundraiser at the Opryland Resort Hotel start at $250 and go up to $10,000.
Huckabee, who now hosts a show on Fox News Network, ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008 and carried Tennessee before losing the election to Sen. John McCain. Chip Saltsman, who managed Fleischmann’s 2010 campaign for Congress and then served as his chief of staff, was Huckabee’s campaign manager in the 2008 presidential race.
Fleischman’s best-financed primary opponetns are Scottie Mayfield and Weston Wamp.

Wamp Faulted for Using Video of Veterans Cemetery in Ad

Weston Wamp used video footage shot at Chattanooga National Cemetery for two political ads without permission, prompting the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to send a cease-and-desist letter to his congressional campaign.
From the Chattanooga TFP report:
Titled “Congratulations Congress,” the ad ran for several days on Chattanooga television stations. It stopped airing earlier this month, but remained online. Wamp removed the ad from YouTube after a Veterans Affairs official contacted his campaign Thursday.
“It’s a two-second shot of something people drive by every day,” Wamp said. “It didn’t occur to me as something that would be seen by anybody as inappropriate.”
Federal regulations prohibit “photographs for advertising or commercial purposes” taken at Veterans Affairs cemeteries unless written consent is granted. Neither Wamp nor Fancy Rhino, the Chattanooga-based company that produced the ads, asked permission before using an image that included a dead man’s name.
Wamp said he used the headstone shots in an ad about the national debt because “debt dishonors our past.”

Black TV Ad Touts ‘No Budget, No Pay’

News release from Diane Black campaign:
GALLATIN- The Diane Black for Congress campaign today unveiled a new television ad titled ‘No Budget. No Pay’. The new ad is airing on television stations across the Sixth Congressional District and it highlights legislation that Black has co-sponsored as a member of the Fix Congress Now Caucus.
“It is outrageous that we have to pass a law to get Congress to do its job, but we just can’t sit on our hands while the debt balloons and Congress continues to just kick the can down the road,” said Black. “It has been three years since Washington has passed any budget and we are over $16 trillion in debt. Our constituents have to do their jobs to get paid and so should Congress.”
Congress so routinely misses budget and appropriations deadlines that it is to the point where no one takes these deadlines seriously, since there’s no consequence for being late. ‘No Budget. No Pay’ would hold Congress accountable for not fulfilling its duties. The law says that if Congress doesn’t pass its budget and all its appropriations bills by the October 1st deadline, then Congress doesn’t get paid. Retroactive pay isn’t an option.

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Enviornmentalists’ TV Ad Thanks Alexander

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An environmental group is launching a statewide television ad campaign in Tennessee to thank Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander for his opposition to an effort to block the Environmental Protection Agency from setting the first federal standards to reduce toxic air pollution from power plants.
The Environmental Defense Fund said Tuesday it is spending about $200,000 to air the ad in Chattanooga, Knoxville, Nashville, Jackson and Memphis this week. The groups said the ads are meant to applaud Alexander for what it calls taking “a courageous stand for the people of his home state.”
Alexander was among five Republicans who voted against the measure sponsored by Republican Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma that sought to scrap an Obama administration rule aimed at curbing air pollution from primarily coal-fired power plants.
“I learned as governor that cleaner air not only means better health for Tennesseans, it means better jobs,” Alexander said in an emailed statement. “It’s been a top priority of mine in the Senate. So far as I can tell, most Tennesseans agree with me.”
Alexander spokesman Jim Jeffries said the clean air issue isn’t a partisan one.
“Which is why people from across the political spectrum have been thanking Sen. Alexander for his vote,” he said in an email. “Just in the last few days a conservative group has run radio ads in Tennessee supporting him, too.”

A Look at Congressional Campaign Ad Spending on Chattanooga TV

GOP candidates U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, Scottie Mayfield and Weston Wamp scheduled 663 political ads between June 21 and Tuesday on local affiliates for ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC, a review by Chris Carroll indicates.
While that may seem like a lot — more than 50 ads a day for two weeks across four channels — saturation and style vary for the Republicans seeking Tennessee’s 3rd District seat.
And it’s only the beginning.
Fleischmann is airing 220 repetitions of two ads within the 13-day span, while Wamp is rotating his own trio 352 times in the same timeframe. Mayfield bought time for 91 spots in six days from WDEF, WDSI, WRCB and WTVC, records show.
Expenditures for local broadcast ads tell only part of the story, since each candidate is doing some combination of cable, radio and Internet advertising throughout a district that extends from Chattanooga through Oak Ridge and all the way up to the Kentucky border.
But local television advertising numbers are one way to quantify how much the candidates are spending to reach the 3rd District’s largest consolidated group of voters — Hamilton County residents.
As required by law, each TV station allowed the Chattanooga Times Free Press to examine political ad buys. All told, the Republican field has spent at least $131,826 since Wamp became the first 3rd District GOP candidate to hit the airwaves on June 14.
Democrats in the race, meanwhile, have purchased $812.50 of television advertising, records show. That money bought time for Bill Taylor, a Chattanooga businessman, whose outreach has consisted of four, four-second spots touting his support for the Second Amendment. They aired during the Belmont Stakes horse race June 9.

Black’s First TV Ad on ‘Obamacare’

News release from Diane Black campaign:
GALLATIN- The Diane Black for Congress campaign today unveiled a new television ad. The television ad titled “First Law” is airing on television stations across the Sixth Congressional District. “First Law” highlights Black’s fight to repeal Obamacare and is focused on the fact Black authored the first law reversing a healthcare provision of Obamacare saving taxpayers $13 billion dollars.
“This election is about job creation. Repealing Obamacare and reining in out-of- control federal spending is essential to job creation. Diane Black has led on this issue and she is the author of the first law reversing a healthcare provision of Obamacare. We can always trust Diane to fight for conservative principles. That is why the National Journal has rated her the most conservative U.S. Representative,” said Black’s campaign spokesman Jennifer Baker.
Black was rated the most conservative member in the United States House of Representatives by the well-respected National Journal and she was the first freshman house member to have a bill signed into law. Black’s bill that became law reversed a portion of Obamacare saving taxpayers $13 billion dollars. Black is running for re-election in the newly drawn 6th Congressional District, which includes the following seventeen ( counties Cumberland, Cannon, Clay, Coffee, DeKalb, Fentress, Jackson, Macon, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Robertson, Smith, Sumner, Trousdale, White and Wilson counties and a portion of Cheatham and Van Buren.
The ad may be viewed HERE.

Script is below.

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Ad Promotes Passage of Bill to Block ‘Mountaintop Removal’

News release from Tennessee Conservation Voters:
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Conservation Voters (TCV), a non-partisan conservation organization committed to voter education, advocacy and holding elected officials accountable for safeguarding Tennessee’s environment, announced today the launch of a statewide television ad campaign focused on the destructive practice of mountaintop removal coal mining.
The ad supports a broad-based effort to pass the Tennessee Scenic Vistas Protection Act, a bill that would only ban the process of mountaintop removal mining on peaks above 2000 feet in Tennessee.
The 30-second ad opens by describing the connection Tennesseans have with the mountains – hunting, fishing, hiking and embracing God’s creation. This reflects the broad range of support that exists statewide for the Tennessee Scenic Vistas Protection Act and speaks to the non-partisan nature of the issue. The ad also describes how more than 500 mountains, 2000 miles of streams and tens of thousands of mining jobs have already been destroyed across Appalachia by mountaintop removal mining. The ad closes by asking viewers to support the Tennessee Scenic Vistas Protection Act and encourages them to call Governor Bill Haslam. The ad is designed to be modified to direct contacts to various TN policy makers throughout the campaign.

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Pro-Romney Super PAC Attacks Santorum in First TN Ad Buy

Restore Our Future, the “Super PAC” supporting Mitt Romney’s presidential bid, is attacking Rick Santorum in its first Tennessee broadcast advertising buy, totaling about $182,000.
As of Friday, the PAC had filed three notices of Tennessee expenditures listed on the Federal Election Commission website- a $173,109.91 “media buy” plus two for “media production,” one costing $7,218.11 and another $1,870.25.
A Youtube posting of a Restore Our Future ad — listed as running in Tennessee as well as Oklahoma, Mississippi and Alabama — says Romney “helped create thousands of jobs” and “turned a deficit into a surplus without raising taxes” while Santorum is called “the ultimate Washington insider,” voted to raise the debt ceiling five times and “voted for billions in waste, including the bridge to nowhere.”
(Link to video HERE)
The FEC notices state only that the ads will oppose Santorum while supporting Romney and were purchased for Tennessee. They do not indicate where in the state the ad is running.
An American Research Group poll earlier this month showed Santorum leading in Tennessee with 34 percent support among those surveyed, followed by Newt Gingrich with 16 percent and Ron Paul with 13 percent.
Restore Our Future has so far spent more than $20 million backing Romney’s presidential campaign, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Most of that, $13.1 million, was for attack ads against Gingrich, formerly considered Romney’s most serious challenger. Santorum, who surged in polls more recently, has been attacked by $2.5 million worth of Restore Our Future ads as of Friday, according to the Center.

DesJarlais Campaign Launches Radio Ad

News release from U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais:
Jasper, TN – Today, Dr. Scott DesJarlais’ campaign launched a district-wide radio ad buy highlighting his conservative record, including votes to repeal Obamacare and his work to reduce spending and our national debt.
“When elected, I promised to put Tennesseans first and stick to my common-sense, conservative principles. I’ve faced plenty of pressure to compromise, but I’ve never wavered from my commitment. I’m proud to have kept my promises in voting to repeal Obamacare and to fight against higher spending and more job-crushing debt,” said DesJarlais.
In July, Congressman DesJarlais was one of only 9 Republican votes against the “Cut, Cap, and Balance Act.” Though DesJarlais supports many of the components contained in the bill, he ultimately voted against the plan because it included a provision to give President Obama a $2.4 trillion increase in the debt ceiling. (Roll Call Vote 606, 7/19/11)
Also in July, DesJarlais was one of just 22 Republicans to vote against the Budget Control Act of 2011, which raised the debt ceiling by $2.4 trillion dollars and established the failed Debt Super Committee. (Roll Call Vote 677, 7/29/11)
In December of this year, Congressman DesJarlais again voted against the majority of his party when he voted against the “Omnibus Appropriations Bill” because of the high spending levels. (Roll Call Vote 941, 12/16/11)
Congressman DesJarlais also voted to repeal Obamacare, for the Ryan Budget, and for a Balance Budget Amendment to the Constitution. (Roll Call Vote 14, 1/19/11; Roll Vote 277, 4/15/11; Roll Call Vote 858, 11/18/11)
“Sticking to my conservative principles hasn’t made me popular with the Washington special interests and the Democratic Party. But I’m prepared to defend my independent record of making tough choices, especially when it comes to cutting spending,” continued DesJarlais.

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Lawsuit Over Political Ad Attacking Diane Black Settled

The forensic sciences company owned by U.S. Rep. Diane Black’s husband reached a settlement Tuesday with the firm that created an ad at the center of a defamation lawsuit during the 2010 race for Congress, according to the Tennessean.
Aegis Sciences Corp., which is owned by Dr. David Black, settled the lawsuit against Bright Media Inc., which it contends falsely asserted that Diane Black as a Tennessee senator helped the company obtain contracts from the state. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Aegis Sciences sued former Rutherford County GOP Chairwoman Lou Ann Zelenik and related parties in July 2010 over the commercial.
The lawsuit contended Zelenik’s campaign, campaign manager Jay Heine and Bright Media defamed the company and violated the Tennessee Consumer Protection Act dealing with campaign ads.
An initial ruling favored Zelenik, saying her commercial was protected political speech. Aegis and Black refused to dismiss the lawsuit and Zelenik filed a counterclaim against them both.
Black, a Gallatin Republican, narrowly defeated Zelenik in the GOP primary and went on to win the general election against Democrat Brett Carter. Following the election, a mediator failed to resolve the matter, and Zelenik then called for dismissal.
Under the settlement announced Tuesday, Bright Media agreed that its ads didn’t intend to accuse Aegis of illegal, unethical or improper behavior and that it had no knowledge of any improper action between Aegis and the state regarding contracts, according to a statement released by Seigenthaler Public Relations.
“We are happy to have amicably settled this matter with Bright Media and to have the opportunity to set the public record straight,” David Black, president and CEO of Aegis Sciences, stated.