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Davis Enters "General Betray Us" Fray

Tim Craig

Rep. Thomas M. Davis III, a possible Republican Senate candidate in 2008, is requesting a inquiry into whether the New York Times allowed Moveon.org to run its controversial "General Betray Us" ad at a discounted rate.

In a letter to Henry A. Waxman (D-Ca), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Davis said the "committee should hold a hearing to examine whether the advertising rates and practices of media companies conceal unlawful campaign contributions."

Davis is the ranking member of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee. In his letter, Davis cites a published report that said Moveon paid $65,000 for the ad. Davis said the New York Times admitted that the open rate for such an ad is $181,000.

"The discount for political advertising could constitute an unlawful campaign contribution," Davis wrote.

On September 10, Moveon published the full page ad that accused General David Petraeus of misleading the public about the military progress in Iraq. The ad included a picture of Petraeus under the caption "General Betray Us."

Republicans and conservative activists have widely condemned Moveon for the ad, which they say disrespected a highly decorated military commander.

Davis's entry in the fray comes as he trying to burnish his conservative credentials as he prepares for a possible nomination battle with former Virginia Gov. James S. Gilmore III (R) for the Senate seat being vacated by John W. Warner (R-Va).

By Tim Craig  |  September 18, 2007; 12:17 PM ET
Categories:  Election 2008/U.S. Senate , Thomas M. Davis III , Tim Craig  
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