Yost Threatens to Take FCC Licenses over Critical Ad
COLUMBUS- Late Thursday, the Yost campaign attempted to threaten Ohio television stations’ FCC broadcasting licenses for airing a Carney for Ohio ad criticizing Yost for signing a contract to provide $7 per cup of coffee for coffee breaks at a waste and fraud conference. To date, no television station has pulled the ads from broadcast. This morning, the Ohio Democratic Party released a web video “We’re Not Buying It” which highlights Yost’s hypocrisy in his ad and his campaign’s response to John Patrick Carney’s campaign ad.
Last Friday, Ohio Republican Party Chairman Matt Borges filed a complaint with the Ohio Elections Commission alleging, under oath, that John Patrick Carney’s campaign for State Auditor was using the wrong disclaimer in the Carney campaign’s first paid television ad highlighting Carney’s record of bipartisan leadership in Ohio. However, as the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported, the entire complaint was due to the failure of Secretary of State’s office to update its online campaign finance database of a filing Carney’s campaign filed over a year ago.
Despite the fact that ORP’s complaint has been proven to be entirely baseless, the Ohio Elections Commission confirmed that as of 10:00 a.m. Friday, the Ohio Republican Party still has yet to withdraw the complaint.
In response to the latest false complaint pushed by Republican Dave Yost and the Ohio Republican Party, Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern issued the following statement:
“Dave Yost is a self-proclaimed ‘lightweight’ when it comes to standing up to his Republican Party bosses, which is why he refused to do a financial audit of JobsOhio, and failed to prevent horribly gerrymandered districts from being approved on the Apportionment Board. As an avid campaigner for Kasich’s Senate Bill 5, Dave Yost should remember what a false ad actually looks like, such as the pro-SB 5 ad in 2011 which TV stations chose to pull off the air. It’s time for Dave Yost and the Ohio Republican Party to stop wasting the time of Ohio’s television stations and the Ohio Elections Commission with their frivolous complaints against John Patrick Carney’s campaign for State Auditor.”
Yost failed to call out his own party when it ran deceptive ads about SB 5 that were pulled, but openly campaigned for it. In 2011, television stations did pull from the air a misleading ad of the pro-SB 5 campaign in which the campaign took a private citizen’s endorsement of the anti-SB5 We Are Ohio campaign and manipulated it to make it appear as if she supported SB 5. [Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer (10/12/2011), “Television stations pulling SB5 commercial over concerns it is misleading.”] Around the same time, Yost was willing to give SB 5 his full throated endorsement, but never publically called out the campaign for its deceptive ad. [Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer (10/1/2011), “Retain Senate Bill 5.”]
Yost admitted that he failed to speak out against partisan gerrymandering by his own party because he’s “a lightweight.” In an editorial board joint interview, Dave Yost defended his failure to do anything in the Apportionment Board to fight for fair districts by saying: “anyone that thinks that I could go into that room and cause something different to happen isn’t paying attention.” [Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer (10/2/2014), “Ohio Auditor Dave Yost and challenger John Patrick Carney fight over JobsOhio, redistricting and coffee.”]
Matt Borges was Yost’s campaign manager in 2010 despite admitting to engaging in improper use of a State office in a play-to-pay scandal in the State Treasurer’s Office in 2004. [Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer (5/14/12); Cincinnati Enquirer (7/28/04), “Deters cleared, aides guilty: Treasurer’s former chief of staff and fund-raiser plead.”)