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.
“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.”