The issue of negative campaign ads quickly made its way into the second debate between two of the candidates for Illinois' 13th Congressional District aired on WICS-TV. In Springfield last night Bloomington Democrat David Gill was again accused of using funds from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Republican Rodney Davis of Taylorville says Gill broke a campaign pledge, stating there's no grass roots fund of private donors:
"It's ironic that in the same commercial, you say you won't take a penny of corporate PAC money, it's the same commercial is that's paid for by corporate PAC money. You broke your pledge, David."
Gill denied the claim, saying unlike Davis, he's taken a stand against 'corporate dominance,' accepting only small, online donations through the D-triple-C:
"I've signed a pledge that I'd like to work toward a constitutional amendment to undo the impact of Citizens United, so that we can get the money out of politics, but this is what happens when all that funding comes in from corporate America and the Wall Street banks."
Independent John Hartman has no campaign ads, saying he prefer the focus of the race shift to foreign policy or the environment:
"I think the media has been caught up in a gladiator sport of negative advertising. And I know that people expect better from us, and this is not the way it's supposed to be."
The three candidates also sparred on issues like health care, education, and energy policy.
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