On the days prior to the Presidential Debate, it is now time to see a rise in the frequency of TV political advertisements for various candidates. October is the last full month before the election on November 6th, and this is a critical month to sway last minute undecided voters one way or another. While we can all expect that the commercials will have something to do with explaining the candidate it is in support of, attacking the candidate’s opponent, or simply a compare and contrast of the different issues at hand, there is something sinister and disturbing is at play in the race for the Illinois 17th congressional district.
A video for a commercial in support of Democrat candidate Cheri Bustos has played throughout the district. In this commercial, the first several seconds shows a photo of Republican incumbent Congressman Robert Schilling at a private barbeque event and features Illinois Conservatives founder Zachary Oltmanns and myself. The photo was taken by a member of a Pro-Bustos SuperPAC which had gained unauthorized entrance into the event and furthermore, illegally took the photo and displayed onto a tv commercial without the permission of Oltmanns or myself. Now we certainly know how campaigns can get when it is an intense race, and that it can turn ugly toward the final stretch. However, this is completely out of line, and we expect more out of Cheri Bustos. This is someone who is running as the congressional representative for the 17th district, and to rely on a member of a SuperPAC to sneak into private events and post photos of those attending without permission is not only wrong, it shows incredibly poor judgment on her part.
We with the Illinois Conservatives organization are extremely disappointed by the Bustos Campaign having to resort to these tactics in the final weeks of the election. We realize she has come under heavy fire for a number of her policies that include a bring-back tax to penalize companies attempting to bring jobs back into the country, and during her tenure with the East Moline City council voted numerous times to increase taxes on working families. However, their frustations should not warrant posting up a last-minute made commercial using a photo without the authorization of those in it. This is most certainly not legal and a negative distraction that they absolutely did not need at this point.
Therefore, we with the Illinois Conservatives organization, with members throughout the state, demand the Bustos Campaign halt any more use of the commercial. If there are any more photos that the campaign or its supporting SuperPAC has in its collection for future use of commercials or literature that includes Zachary Oltmanns or myself, we would appreciate first being contacted and asked for permission BEFORE it is used.
By: Demetri Broches