Sen. John McCain’s new television ad casts his primary challenger as someone who did favors for disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
The ad says former Congressman J.D. Hayworth received $150,000 from Abramoff and his clients and didn’t return the money as other politicians did once Abramoff came under scrutiny.
Abramoff was sentenced to four years in prison on mail fraud, conspiracy and tax evasion charges.
The ad didn’t point out that Hayworth donated to charity the $2,250 he received from Abramoff but kept the money he got from his clients.
Hayworth spokesman Mark Sanders says the remainder was given to Hayworth by Indian tribes that were part of his constituency.
The McCain campaign is spending $500,000 to air the ad statewide.