With 43 days until election day, the T.V. ad war is heating up, as the race for the 36th Congressional District heats up.
It's not just Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack and Dr. Raul Ruiz, third party political action committees are buying T.V. time.
You've probably seen the commercial and it's an attention getter.
It certainly got our attention so we decided to dig deeper and take a closer look.
The beginning of the ad says, "We may not know much about Raul Ruiz, but what we do know is who's behind him, Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi has donated thousands to Ruiz's campaign."
A group calling itself California for a Stronger America paid for the ad. What is "California for a Stronger america"?
And, who's behind it? We investigated and found his name is Jake Menges, who lives in Florida and who has ties to Connie Mack's Senate campaign there. On the internet, Menges writes, "The 2012 election will be the most important in a generation, and the only thing more dangerous than four more years of Obama is giving Nancy Pelosi control of our nation's checkbook again. We must re-elect Mary Bono Mack."
We contacted the Annenberg Public Policy Center, home of FactCheck.org and FlackCheck.org, tools designed to check the reliability of third party ads. When we asked about this latest ad, attacking Ruiz, it confirmed Pelosi's political action committee, PAC to the future contributed $5,000.00 to Ruiz's campaign. That's according to the Center for Responsive Politics' website Opensecrets.org.
Dr. Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Director at The Annenberg Public Policy told us, "That's the most that a PAC can give to a candidate, according to the FEC contribution limits for 2012."
But, she says the statement in the ad that claims no jobs were created, presumably by the stimulus, is inaccurate and that the congressional budget office estimates the stimulus created between 1.2. and 3.3 million jobs.
What about the Democrats? No attack ads yet. But, just wait. The political action committee, "House Majority" put aside a quarter of a million dollars to buy T.V. time.