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TV stations pull erroneous ads criticizing Galloway

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Nine television stations have pulled an ad criticizing Democratic candidate for Missouri governor Nicole Galloway.

The ads were pulled after Galloway’s campaign sent cease-and-desist letters arguing that the ads falsely accused her of committing a crime.

The original ad by Uniting Missouri, an independent political action committee that supports Gov. Mike Parson, a Republican, said Galloway “flagrantly ignored ethics laws, failing to disclose her husband lobbied for state tax credits.”

An attorney for Galloway’s campaign said her husband never lobbied for state tax credits.

Jon Galloway, the auditor’s husband, was a registered lobbyist for the Mortgage Research Center, also known as Veterans United Home Loans, from September 2013 to March 2015.

In 2013, the company received $11 million in state tax credits from the Missouri Works and Quality Jobs programs.

“The PDFs were filed correctly with the information, it just didn’t display correctly when produced,” spokesman Eric Slusher said in an email. “It got cut off. So, amended reports were filed that did produce information correctly in the interest of transparency.”

A Uniting Missouri spokesman says the PAC was making “minor semantic changes” to the ad, which now says: “Galloway ignored ethics laws, failing to disclose her husband lobbied for a company that got state tax credits.”

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