SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Chamber of Commerce is pulling a TV ad that criticized Democrat Jerry Brown’s record and prompted two complaints to the state’s elections watchdog.
Chamber President Allen Zaremberg said Thursday the group accomplished its goal of drawing attention to spending and taxes after just two days. He said the chamber will replace the ad Friday.
The California Democratic Party and the Santa Monica-based group Consumer Watchdog complained Wednesday to the state’s Fair Political Practices Commission.
They said the commercial was not about issues, as the chamber claimed, but rather an attack ad against Brown, the leading Democratic gubernatorial candidate. As such, they say it directly helped the Republican candidates and therefore had to follow stringent campaign-finance reporting rules.