The Alaska Democratic Party is demanding local television stations stop playing a new set of ads by Sen. Ted Stevens, accusing the senator of illegally placing the disclaimer in the middle of the ads instead of at the end or the beginning.
The Democrats contend that Stevens is violating federal election law by not stating that the commercial was "approved by Ted Stevens" at the beginning or end of the spot and will file a complaint with the FEC.
Stevens is locked in a tight reelection battle with Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich.
“With Senator Stevens going to trial next week on seven felony counts related to receiving illegal gifts, one would think he’d be extra careful to make sure his campaign follows the law,” said Bethany Lesser, spokeswoman for the Alaska Democratic Party. “But once again, Stevens doesn’t think the law applies to him. Someone who has been in the Senate for 40 years should certainly understand and take seriously the laws surrounding campaign commercials.”