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Dacey ad prompts legal response from Jones


By Seth Thomas Gulledge
The Daily Reflector

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

U.S. Rep. Walter Jones is taking legal action against Scott Dacey, an opponent in upcoming Republican primary, for TV advertisements linking Jones to a well known liberal donor. 

On Wednesday, Dacey’s campaign was served a cease and desist order from lawyers representing the Jones campaign. The order is directed at ads that link contributions to Jones’s campaign to well known hedge fund magnate George Soros, according to a release from the Jones campaign. 

The release said the ad, which accuses Jones of accepting about $80,000 in funding from Soros, is “intentionally false and misleading.”

“George Soros, Jonathan Soros — liberals on a mission to change America for the worse,” a voice-over to the half-minute ad said. “They fund every radical liberal cause from banning guns to impeaching President Trump — and the politicians they bankroll? Are all Democrats except one: Walter Jones — $80,000 dollars and Jones votes their way.” 

The release from Jones’ campaign said the $80,000 made up of many individual contributions by supporters who used credit cards as a form of payment. The company used to process credit card payments on Jones’ website is Democracy Engine, which is owned by Soros. 

Doug Raymond, a campaign spokesman for Jones, said the company was selected by NationBuilder, a website building company hired several years ago to build the website.

Nationbuilder asked what company it should use for credit card processing, and campaign officials instructed it to select the company that charged the lowest fee.

The campaign site switched to another processing company in November because of delays and technical problems with Democracy Engine, Raymond said.

“I am outraged that the Dacey campaign would stoop to the level of smearing the names of people that exercised their right to support my campaign and label them supporters of George Soros,” said Jones in the release. 

A Dacey spokesperson referred all questions to the candidate. Dacey was not immediately available for comment on Wednesday night.

Contact Seth Gulledge at Sgulledge@reflector.com and 329-9579. Follow him on Twitter @GulledgeSeth