Maloney campaign manager Seth Wimer said the robocalls were "desperate, dirty tricks [that] might be the norm for a career politician like Earl Ray Tomblin. But the voters of West Virginia deserve better."
Robocalls, often used by businesses and political campaigns, are pre-recorded messages sent using computerized telephone dialing systems.
One of the RGA ads recently aired on television criticized a mine reclamation bill that passed the state Senate, 33-0, and the House of Delegates, 85-14.
The West Virginia Coal Association also backed the legislation, which increased taxes on coal produced in the state to pay for cleaning up abandoned mine lands and polluted waters.
A second RGA ad attacked the other post-employment benefits bill. Legislators passed the OPEB legislation to control future non-pension payments to retired state workers and public school teachers, payments such as health-care benefits. The RGA ad compared OPEB to "Obamacare."
The OPEB bill passed the Senate unanimously and the House by an 83-17 vote. The majority of Republican legislators supported it.
Sen. Karen Facemyer, R-Jackson, said on Friday, "OPEB got us on track to pay off some debts to protect our retired workers. I had no idea it would turn out to be part of Obamacare.
"Some people do whatever it takes to be elected. It doesn't have to be true. That is what is wrong with our political process," Facemyer said.
Reach Paul J. Nyden at pjny...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5164.