Republican U.S. Senate candidate J.D. Hayworth’s campaign is defending his role as a pitchman three years ago for a Florida company that consumer advocates have accused of airing misleading ads.
The former Arizona congressman is currently battling Sen. John McCain ahead of the state’s Aug. 24 GOP primary.
Hayworth campaign spokeman Mark Sanders said Monday that Hayworth didn’t know about the history of National Grants Conferences when he agreed to do the 30-minute informercial in 2007.
The Boca Raton, Fla.-based company, which has filed for bankruptcy, promised to help people get thousands of dollars in government money.
But consumer advocates complained that it lured people to a free seminar, then pressured clients to spend hundreds of dollars for information that is readily available online or at the library.