Congressman Hanna Accused of Using Ad Dollars to Sway Campaign Coverage
Democratic Congressional Candidate Dan Lamb who is looking to unseat Republican incumbent Richard Hanna has released emails from a Utica Television Station that accuses Hanna of using his paid advertising to bribe the station in order to prevent coverage of an upcoming debate in Syracuse.
Lamb sent out a press release yesterday that says Congressman Richard Hanna threatened to pull his advertising from WUTR-TV, an ABC affiliate in Utica if the station did not comply with his demand to cancel coverage of an upcoming debate at WSYR-TV in Syracuse.
Hanna has refused to participate in the upcoming debate in Syracuse and Lamb is planning to debate an empty chair at the event.
According to Lamb, the Utica TV Stations Vice President and General Manager Stephen Merren disclosed in an email to the Lamb camp that he received an “angry” call from Hanna, during which the Congressman threatened to pull his advertising if the station covered the event in Syracuse.
Lamb says Hanna should be ashamed of himself for using his money to influence the journalistic decisions of a local news station,” Lamb says the Congressman’s move should be a violation of FCC rules.
Last Saturday Lamb and Hanna met in their first an possible only debate here in Cortland.