A political committee supporting Republican Scott Franklin for Florida’s 15th Congressional District is out with a new television ad contrasting Franklin’s platform with his Democratic opponent, Alan Cohn.
The ad, “Contrast” paints Cohn as a tax and spend liberal who would hurt Florida families, while boosting Franklin as a small business owner who knows how to get the economy to work.
The Wingaman PAC, established by a group of Franklin’s personal friends, is behind the ad.
“In Florida, we’re working to get back on track, but liberal Alan Cohn would make it harder on us,” the ad begins. “Alan Cohn supports the largest tax hike in history, increasing taxes by four trillion dollars, costing Florida jobs, hurting the economy and our families. We can’t afford Alan Cohn.”
“Scott Franklin is a small business owner who knows how to restart our economy without raising taxes.”
The ad drops Wednesday on broadcast, cable and digital in CD 15, which includes parts of Hillsborough, Lake and Polk counties.
The ad’s references to a $4 trillion tax hike are based on former Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential campaign platform, which includes higher taxes on large businesses and those earning more than $400,000 a year.
The group praises Franklin, a current Lakeland City Commissioner, for never having voted to increase taxes.
“The choice in this race could not be more clear. Franklin, a Navy veteran, proven businessman and local leader who believes in lowering taxes to stimulate job growth that fuels Florida’s economy, or Alan Cohn, who has yet to return nearly a quarter of a million dollars in illegal campaign contributions,” said Christina Johnson, spokesperson for Wingman PAC.
Her comment references a campaign contribution Cohn’s campaign accepted more than $235,000 from the political committee House Victory Project 2020 on Sept. 30. Political committees often can dump tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars into campaigns, but to do so they have to be authorized committees for the campaigns. House Victory Project 2020 was not, at the time of the six-figure transfer, an authorized committee for Cohn for Congress, constituting a potentially illegal campaign contribution in excess of limits.
Wingman PAC previously called on Cohn’s campaign to return the contribution, which it has not done. Instead, the campaign listed the House Victory Project 2020 as an authorized committee after the fact.