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DNC Seeks Inquiry Into Anti-Kerry Sinclair Broadcasts

Oct 11, 2004  •  Post A Comment

The Democratic National Committee announced Monday afternoon that it will file a complaint Tuesday asking the Federal Elections Commission to investigate a plan by Sinclair Broadcast Group to air a documentary critical of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry’s antiwar record before the Nov. 2 election.

According to published reports, the documentary, “Stolen Honor: Wounds That Never Heal,” contends that Sen. Kerry’s antiwar allegations 30 years ago aggravated the ordeals of U.S. troops captured in the conflict.

“It’s a vicious personal attack,” said Joe

Sandler, DNC legal counsel, in a teleconference. Sinclair representatives did not return telephone calls. But Mr. Sandler said the DNC complaint would allege that the planned broadcast is an illegal “in-kind” contribution to President Bush’s re-election campaign.

“In this election cycle, [Sinclair executives] are putting their money where their right-wing mouths are,” said DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe. Mr. Sandler said it is unlikely that the FEC would act before a broadcast. “We still think it’s important that the company know that they’re being held accountable,” Mr. Sandler said.