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Franken v. Coleman, POLITICS

Coleman Campaign in Trouble over False Advertising

The Minnesota DFL has now filed formal complaints against the Coalititon for a Democratic Workplace (“CDW”) and Minnesotans for Employee Freedom (“MEF”). The complaints charge the groups with violating Minnesota election law, which prohibits false political and campaign material, and is based on ads produced by the groups regarding The Employee Free Choice Act. The ads clearly paint U.S. Senate candidate Al Franken as anti-union, not to mention in league with the mafia, and specifically state that Franken says “eliminate the secret ballot for workers.” Additionally, the ads, which continue to run at the time of this writing, depict U.S. Senate candidate (and incumbent) Norm Coleman as pro-union, pro-employee and pro-privacy in general.

Earlier this month, I wrote that the EFCA does not, in fact, eliminate the secret ballot and in a WCCO Reality Check, Pat Kessler reported:

“While it seems as if the ad supports unions, it’s actually produced by a coalition of national business groups called the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace, who are lobbying to kill the bill.”

The AFL-CIO writes that “Coleman Doesn’t Get It” on their newsblog, and Brian Melendez, Chairman of the Minnesota DFL party stated:

“…In Minnesota, we don’t tolerate intentionally false statements in paid political advertising; in fact, such statements are a crime, and rightly so. We are therefore holding legally accountable the two groups that have knowingly and intentionally spread these false statements in Minnesota. A judge will hold those groups accountable. And Minnesota voters will hold Norm Coleman accountable.”


3 thoughts on “Coleman Campaign in Trouble over False Advertising

  1. EFCA does, in fact, effectively eliminate the secret ballot by allowing the union organizers to have the union certified if a majority of employees publicly sign the union card. This means in order to achieve that majority, union organizers can pressure those who haven’t signed the card. Secret ballot is therefore, effectively eliminated because it is not needed in order the union to be certified.


    Posted by bowhuntdude | 25 July, 2008, 4:32 pm
  2. The EFCA does not, in fact, eliminate the secret ballot but does provide that option.

    Posted by draabe | 27 July, 2008, 1:45 pm
  3. This is the danger of these quick attack ads that only give part of the story ( in this case a fictitious one). People are not always truly listening, and by the time the truth is told the damage is done.

    Posted by gretchenleebourquin | 31 July, 2008, 9:37 pm

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