By Bedford, DCNF
Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton has a problem with a nationwide ad a pro-Trump SuperPAC began airing this week.
The Clinton campaign reportedly pressured TV stations across the country to pull the Rebuilding America Now ad, according to the New York Post.
The ad claims Clinton went to India to make a speech that was pro-outsourcing and received a $5 million donation from Indian businessman Amar Singh later in 2008.
The Clinton campaign claims the ad is false on the grounds the donation didn’t occur in 2008 — ultimately admitting the donation did take place. The political ad “is well within the scope of important public discourse,” according to Rebuilding America Now’s legal counsel Cleta Mitchell.
Rebuilding America Now vowed to begin a massive ad campaign during the convention. The group went into the convention with limited funds, but held a 25-person fundraiser dinner at the Ritz Carlton in Cleveland, Ohio. Although the exact figure the group raised has not been revealed, staffers said there was at least a single donation to the group of $3 million from Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus.
Rebuilding America Now PAC spent $2.2 million in ads the week during the convention, the majority of which were in key battleground states, according to CNN.
The massive spending buy is far greater than anything the group spent in the past, having only spent $1.7 million in advertising since the group started. The majority of the spending centered in Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania during the days of the Democratic National Convention.
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