This ad trying to make it clear that "a vote for Lieberman is a vote for war". A no brainer that Lieberman is a referendum on Iraq. Even Chris Matthews hinted as such.
The ad with the car crash is good, uses humor, and is just plain fun to watch. Everyone looks at a car crash.
The Petty Cash scandal would have been a great opportunity to tie in Joe's loss of integrity from what he was once perceived to represent.
Plus, an ad on the undocumented slush fund would put Joe on the defensive for the last few days.
First, the media was told they would see the accounting. Now they won't and people who were paid large chunks told the media they never were asked to document their expenditures.
Lamont files an FEC complaint over Lieberman's expenditure of petty cash
Mary E. O'Leary, Register Topics Editor
A review of the use of consultant services by Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman's campaign, which in turn dispensed large amounts of petty cash, raises questions about the practice.
But interviews with some of the people who were brought in to help get out the vote for the campaign in the two weeks before the hotly contested Aug. 8 primary described situations that appear to be at odds with some campaign finance requirements.
At least one man who was hired as a consultant, Tomas Reyes of Oxford, said he has yet to be asked by the campaign to turn over material for the journal, which would justify expenditures of $8,250.
Also, Reyes and another man, Daryl Brooks of New Haven, who ran a consultant service, said they each got one check from the campaign for their services, but they are listed in the third quarter campaign finance report as getting two checks, for a total of twice what the men said they received.
The report lists Reyes as getting two checks for $8,250, one on Aug. 4 and one on Aug. 15. Brooks received $12,200 on Aug. 11 and another check for the same amount on Aug. 15, according to the Lieberman report. Both men said this was inaccurate.
Several young men, who were paid $60 a day out of petty cash to canvass in Bridgeport, said they were paid in cash for aggregate earnings over $200.
Rob Dhanda, 18, or Stratford, said he earned $480 in cash over several weeks, while Walter Ruilova, 18, also of Stratford, said his total was an estimated $360 in cash. Ruilova estimated there were about 30 teenagers working out of the Bridgeport office, each earning $60 a day in cash, over a few weeks.
Michelle Ryan, a spokeswoman for the FEC, would not comment on specifics of the Lamont complaint, but said "in terms of itemization, it is required once the aggregate total to a recipient is in excess of $200."
In a past, courant article - someone legally barred from working with absentee ballots was hired by the Lieberman campaign to hand out absentee ballots.
Prenzina Holloway was fined $10,000 in July 2005 and ordered not to distribute absentee ballot applications or to assist voters with the ballots for two years, after the State Elections Enforcement Commission found that she had forged a voter's signature in the 2004 election.
Holloway acknowledges working for Urban Voters and Associates, a company paid $17,550 by the Lieberman campaign since September to do "field work." But she said she isn't involved in the company's absentee ballot operations.
"That is just a no-no," she said. "And I know it is a no-no."
But five people at a Vine Street housing complex for the elderly have told The Courant that Holloway and another person came to their doors to give them absentee ballot applications, and a security worker at another complex on Woodland Street said Holloway tried to get into the building to distribute applications there. Holloway was barred from the building after getting into a verbal altercation with the worker after he made supportive comments about Lieberman's main challenger, Ned Lamont.
Is Lamont missing a golden opportunity to "pivot" and convince "sentimental voters" that Joe has lost his last redeaming quality?
If the polls are accurate, Lamont should take the chance to expose the violations. He now can safely claim that Joe Lieberman has broken FEC campaign disclosure laws. If all these kids were paid in cash and aggregates exceeded 200$ Joe Lieberman broke the law.
I don't know why Lamont is hesitant to hammer this.