Gotnews.com has exclusively obtained another “All Citizens for Mississippi” radio ad from conservative media consultant Rick Shaftan, who stands by his allegation that these ads were paid for by media buyer Jon Ferrell at National Media of Alexandria, Virginia using funds provided by the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC).
The newly-surfaced 90 second ad features Arthur L. Siggers, who identifies himself in the ad as pastor of the Mt. Olive Baptist Church and makes similar racially-charged accusations against U.S. Senate candidate Chris McDaniel to the ad featuring Bishop Ronnie Crudup of New Horizon Church International that Gotnews.com reported on Monday.
The ad accuses McDaniel of intending to “roll back the hands of time,” highlights Cochran’s record of “supporting black farmers” and a list of several historically black universities, and concludes with “I urge you to vote Thad Cochran June 24th. He’s been good for Mississippi. He’s been good for black folk.” Siggers, like Crudup, mispronounces McDaniel’s name by adding an “s” at the end.
The Siggers ad ran 18 times on WRTM-FM in Jackson at a cost of $558 dollars, part of an $1,170 buy that also included 34 runs of the 60 second ad featuring Crudup.[envira-gallery id=”6692″]
Unlike the Crudup ad, this spot does include the required legal disclaimer. “This one has the disclaimer,” Shaftan noted. “But it sounds slapped together and the audio is noticeably slowed to stretch the spot to 90 seconds. It’s shocking a major national media buying firm would produce a creative of such low quality. But it was in fact paid for by the NRSC’s media buyer, Jon Ferrell”.
“We keep finding these racially-charged ads that were ordered by the NRSC’s media buyer on the exact day the NRSC’s $13,000 for ‘media production,’ $69,000 for ‘media’, and $93,000 for ‘telephone calls’ went in,” Shaftan said. “And the excuses from NRSC that they used the money to make a giant ‘digital only’ buy behind an amateurish web video is an insult to anyone with a brain.”
“The fact that they actually deleted one of their ‘online ads’ yesterday is even more proof the funds were diverted to ‘All Citizens for Mississippi,'” Shaftan added.
The ad was removed from Facebook for approximately six hours yesterday, but appears to have been restored and can be seen here. The ad is clearly a negative message opposing McDaniel, which is inconsistent with the NRSC’s FEC disclosure reporting a positive expenditure supporting Cochran.
RedState’s Erick Erickson and TheHayride’s Scott McKay have talked to several media buying experts who agree with Shaftan’s assessment that it would have been impossible for the NRSC to spend such large amounts of money on “digital only” advertising in the four days between their June 20 buy and the June 24 election. Multiple requests to the NRSC and to Jon Ferrell of National Media for interviews and for documentation supporting their claims that the NRSC funds were used for “web ads” have not been returned. Messages left for the officers of All Citizens for Mississippi at the New Horizon Church International, where the Super PAC is headquartered, have also not been returned. The group has still not filed any of its legally required disclosures with the Federal Elections Commission.
“I’m more convinced than ever that donations raised from conservatives in the name of winning Republican control of the Senate were fraudulently diverted to pay for racial attacks on conservative Chris McDaniel through this illegal Super PAC,” Shaftan said. “If I’m right, all of these people will end up in orange suits.”