Friday, September 08, 2006

AP Wire | 09/07/2006 | Highlights of campaign activity
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AP Wire 09/07/2006 Highlights of campaign activity: "Highlights of campaign activity
Associated Press
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio Elections Commission dismissed a complaint Thursday by Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Blackwell accusing his Democratic opponent of running a false TV ad.
The 30-second spot by U.S. Rep. Ted Strickland attacks Blackwell's plan to expand health insurance to the poor, claiming Blackwell would force everyone to buy a private plan that could cost a family about $4,800 a year.
But a four-member commission panel ruled unanimously that there was not enough evidence to have the full commission look into the complaint, which was filed last week.
Carlo LoParo, a spokesman for Blackwell, said he's disappointed in the ruling.
Part of Blackwell's plan calls for setting up accounts for the uninsured that would allow them to accumulate money to buy private health coverage. The cost of a family insurance plan cited in the Strickland ad - $4,836 - is disingenuous because it ignores subsidies that he intends to make available to low-income families, Blackwell has argued.
Blackwell, Ohio's secretary of state, also denies that he would force Ohioans to purchase insurance plans they can't afford.
The ad is still airing around the state, said Strickland campaign spokesman Keith Dailey. The campaign stands by the ad, he said.


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