On Tuesday the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) and Ronnie Musgrove began running a television ad that overtly violates campaign finance laws. Now is time for them to explain their actions.

The Federal Elections Commission (FEC) requires coordination between a campaign and a National Committee like the DSCC not to exceed $180,800. The DSCC ad on behalf of Ronnie Musgrove is valued at an estimated $240,214 (not counting production costs, view coordinated expenditures.) This ad combined with previous coordinated expenditures with the DSCC ($55,133 in first quarter) surpasses the legal limits by $114,547.

The ad featuring Ronnie Musgrove was filmed on Wednesday, July 9, at the Madison County Economic Development Authority (MCEDA) and on the Canton square, according to MCEDA officials.

Wicker for Senate’s attorney, Ben Ginsberg, is filing a formal legal complaint with the FEC to stop the brazen attempts to skirt the law.

“This is the latest example of Ronnie Musgrove’s long history of questionable ethical decisions,” said Wicker for Senate spokesman Ryan Annison. “Ronnie Musgrove and his National Democratic allies have resorted to cheating with Washington money because Musgrove’s floundering campaign can’t gain support in Mississippi.”

“Who arranged the Musgrove film shoot? Who approved it from the Musgrove’s campaign, and how long were they present? Who on the Musgrove campaign coordinated getting him there, and how did the DSCC know Musgrove would be there that day? Who are the other people in the ad, and who recruited them? Why is Ronnie Musgrove relying on the DSCC to run his campaign ads? How much more did the DSCC spend on Musgrove in the second quarter?” Annison added. “Ronnie Musgrove’s deliberate collaboration with the DSCC to film this ad leaves many questions unanswered, and it’s time he explains what happened at his film shoot last week.”

FACTS:

On Tuesday July 15, the Democrat Senatorial Committee began running an ad on behalf or Ronnie Musgrove valued at an estimated $240,214.00.

View coordinated expenditures

Federal Elections Commission limits coordinated campaign expenditures to $180,800 in Mississippi.
Source: http://www.fec.gov/info/charts_441ad.shtml#Senate

The most recent campaign finance information available shows Musgrove received $55,133 in the first quarter alone.
Source: http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/can_give/2007_S8MS00212

On July 9 Ronnie Musgrove and the Democrat Senatorial Committee coordinated a film shoot on the Canton Square and in the offices of the Madison County Economic Development Authority, less than a week before the ad began running. Contact info for MCEDA: http://www.madisoncountyeda.com/board_staff.html

Senator Roger Wicker Campaign Release
7/16/8