From The Washington Post
Television stations in Minnesota and Oregon are asking the Federal Election Commission and the Federal Communications Commission for advice regarding allegations that Republicans in two Senate races are shortchanging viewers with the brevity of their stand-by-your-ad statements.The complaint says the too-short length of the identifier should mean that Coleman has to pay full commercial price for his ad, instead of the cheaper rate given to political candidates. Coleman's campaign called the complaint desperate and a GOP election lawyer says the requested sanction is unlikely.
The argument is over a matter of seconds, but depending on how the complaints are evaluated, the decision could cost Republican Sens. Norm Coleman (Minn.) and Gordon Smith (Ore.) hundreds of thousands of dollars.
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