Four Iowa television stations have pulled The Humane Society of the United State’s (HSUS) lobbying arm, The Humane Society Legislative Fund’s (HSLF), television advertisement against Rep. Steve King (R-Kiron) due to its misleading and “patently false” allegations.
The advertisement fails to mention King’s testimony on the McGovern Amendment in question where he said, “I, too, oppose any kind of animal fighting.”
The Des Moines Register reports the following stations have pulled the advertisement: KCAU (ABC-Sioux City), KCCI (CBS-Des Moines), WHO-TV (NBC-Des Moines) and WOI (ABC-Des Moines).
“We have opted not to run the spot in both Des Moines and Sioux City more so, if not exclusively, based on the fact that we believe the message ispatently false,” said Ray Cole, president and chief operating officer of Citadel Communications, which operates KCAU and WOI in a Des Moines Register report.
Cole continued, “A review of congressional records shows that King made it clear to his fellow members of Congress that he is opposed to all forms of dog fighting, but believes the issue is a state matter rather than a federal issue. The upshot is that this spot does not hold up to the light of day.”
“I said it during the debate and I’ll say it again, I oppose all forms of animal cruelty and animal fighting,” said King. “This type of ‘patently false’ advertisement has no place in Iowa or American politics. I call on Christie Vilsack to return the donation she received from the Humane Society of the United States, who is only interested in dishonest smears, and join me in condemning the Humane Society of the United States Legislative Fund’s advertisement.”
The Vilsack campaign has accepted a $1,000 donation from The Humane Society Legislative Fund.
The King campaign is encouraging the following stations to follow the lead of KCAU, KCCI, WHO-TV and WOI in pulling the advertisement:
- KTIV (NBC – Sioux City)
- KMEG (CBS/FOX – Sioux City)
- KIMT (CBS – Mason City)
- KAAL (ABC –Austin, Rochester, Mason City)
Following the McGovern Amendment debate in July, the Ames Tribune reported, “…King never said he wanted to legalize, or even support, animal fighting.”
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