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North Carolina GOP files complaint over ads

AP reports: The [North Carolina] state Republican Party has lodged a formal complaint against a third-party group that ran a television advertisement that criticized Republican gubernatorial nominee Patrick Ballantine.

The state GOP contends the commercial by the Washington-based State Capitol Media Project was unlawful because the group is not registered as a political committee in North Carolina.

The ad was also illegal because it attacked Ballantine's jobs record as a state senator, according to a filing the GOP said it gave to the State Board of Elections last Friday. ...

The new filing by the state Republican Party says that because the State Capitol Media Project receives corporate contributions and doesn't limit their amount, the group is violating the law by running ads that advocate "for a vote against a policy position beneath the name of a clearly identified candidate."

"They violated the law because they were clearly, explicitly opposing Patrick Ballantine for governor," Chris Mears, legal counsel for the state GOP, said Monday, when the complaint was made public. -- N.C. GOP files complaint over third-party ad in governor's race (AP via TheState.com)