Political Dustups Over . . . Dust?

Apparently farm dust is the new toxic waste in political campaigns.

Via the Huffington Post:

Ad By Crossroads, Karl Rove’s Outfit, Yanked Off Air For Being False

WASHINGTON — An ad by Karl Rove-backed Crossroads GPS was yanked from rotation on a Montana cable show because it made claims that the network deemed false.

Recently a number of ads by the well-funded conservative outfit have been declared misleading and false, but the spot targeting Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) is apparently the first pulled from the air. The Associated Press reported that other outlets are still running the ad.

In it, Tester is accused of supporting an Environmental Protection Agency rule — a rule that was never in fact proposed — to regulate farm dust. But the vote that the ad cites actually had nothing to do with dust or the EPA; it was a procedural vote on a measure aimed at cracking down on China for manipulating currency.

The offending ad:


A Crossroads spokesman told the Huffington Post, “It was a very small cable system. The four largest broadcast stations in Montana reviewed the facts supporting the ad and will continue airing it.”

Regardless, this comes in the wake of what’s purportedly Hormone Cain’s first TV spot (which the hardworking staff duly noted two days ago) that’s also about EPA dust-related regulation.


It’s all the bunk, says MSNBC’s First Read, calling Cain’s allegations a “false claim.”

We’ll let you know when the dust settles.

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