Rokita Ad Appears to Violate VA Rules

It features military cemetery footage.

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Kimberly Railey
March 1, 2018, 9:51 a.m.

Rep. Todd Rokita (R-04) "appears to have improperly included footage of a military cemetery in the plethora of images" he included in his first TV ad. "The problem with showing rows of headstones as an announcer accuses 'liberal elites' of disrespecting 'the sacrifices of our soldiers' is that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs does not allow campaign ads to be filmed in national cemeteries."

"Rokita campaign spokesman Nathan Brand said the ad 'does not violate any rules' because the campaign purchased stock footage, rather than shooting the images themselves. But Brand said Rokita would 'happily swap out the footage' if requested to by the VA 'because Todd Rokita has the utmost respect for our veterans.'" (Indianapolis Star)

Rokita faces Rep. Luke Messer (R-06) and former state Rep. Mike Braun (R) for the right to take on Sen. Joe Donnelly (D).


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