CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Lawyers for U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall's campaign want six TV stations to pull a Spike Maynard ad that claims Rahall helped give tax breaks to foreign companies and create Chinese jobs.
Attorneys with the Charleston firm DiTrapano, Barrett & DiPiero on Wednesday sent cease-and-desist letters to the stations, calling the ad "false, misleading and deceptive."
"There was no bill that gave 'billions of dollars in tax breaks to foreign companies to create jobs in China,' and certainly, Congressman Rahall did not and never would vote for such an absurd bill," attorneys Rudy DiTrapano and Sean McGinley wrote. "We request you immediately cease airing this advertisement."
Maynard, a Republican and former state Supreme Court justice who switched parties last year, is challenging incumbent Rahall in the state's 3rd Congressional District.
Six television stations received the letters, said Rahall campaign spokesman Greg Hoyer: WVNS, WOWK, WVVA, WOAY, WCHS, and WSAZ.
The campaign has not yet gotten responses from the stations, he said.
WCHS reported Wednesday that its parent group, Sinclair Broadcast Group, had not yet determined whether the ad would be pulled.
A spokesman for Maynard's campaign did not return messages Wednesday.
In the ad, which started airing last week, an announcer says: "It's on our jeans. Even on children's toys. 'Made in China.'"