A video attacking Sen. Pamela Gorman that was posted Sunday (Aug. 16) on YouTube was making the rounds at the Capitol yesterday among lawmakers.
The professionally produced, minute-long ad was also reportedly e-mailed to some Republicans in LD-6 by the district’s GOP leadership. Its message – that Gorman’s opposition to the sales tax component of the budget will lead to higher property taxes – is similar to another e-mail sent out by LD-6 leaders that Gorman supporters believe was authored by Constantin Querard.
The video, which promotes MakePamListen.com, does not contain a disclaimer stating who paid for it. The Web site contains no information, as it appears the domain was registered, but a page was not created. The site’s owner is not known, but the contact listed on the domain registry is Richard Sales Media. The company, which is based out of D.C., is owned by former Arizonan Richard Sales and specializes in YouTube political ads. Sales worked for the AZ GOP in 2006 as research director and Internet advertising consultant. He did ads for Kyl’s campaign that year and has served as New Media Director for the National Republican Senatorial Committee since 2007. In that capacity, he produced more than 200 ads for YouTube. Sales did not return an e-mail seeking comment about the Gorman video. Because there is no disclaimer on the attack piece, it is unclear where it came from.
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