King asks TV stations to pull wind power ads

Associated Press Modified: September 24, 2012 at 2:30 pm •  Published: September 24, 2012
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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Independent U.S. Senate candidate Angus King's campaign is threatening legal action if TV stations don't pull a pair of ads accusing him of backroom deals and profiteering on a wind power project in Maine. The King campaign is also airing a TV spot that aims to set the record straight.

Campaign Manager Kay Rand said Monday that the campaign petitioned TV stations in Portland, Bangor and Presque Isle because the Republican National Senatorial Committee's ads contain falsehoods.

The RNSC ads described the Record Hill project as a "sweetheart deal" and said King made millions off the project, while he actually made $212,000 over five years, Rand said.

Rand said the campaign is fed up after nearly $2 million in attack ads funded by outside interests. "We've tried everything including responding over the web, responding in debates, educating editorial boards. At some point, enough is enough," she told reporters.

An RNSC spokesman said the ads are accurate and that the legal threats are a distraction.

"There is a simple way to address this though. Instead of holding press conferences, King should release all of his emails, records and contracts regarding this project so that Mainers can see for themselves who is being truthful," Brian Walsh, RNSC communications director, said in a statement.

King has been criticized because his former company, Independence Wind, accepted a federal loan guarantee for Record Hill, a 22-turbine, 50-megawatt wind power project in Roxbury. Republicans also have attacked him for allegedly using his political connections to help his business after leaving office.

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