Sunday, October 12, 2008

Assembly -- Blanchfield and Amadore

The Times Union blog Capital Confidential reports on recents ads involving candidates for the State Assemlby:
Business Review: Stop using our video

The Business Review has posted a story about how it has demanded 105th Assembly Democratic candidate Mark Blanchfield stop using a Review video in Blanchfield’s attack TV and radio ads against Assembly Republican incumbent George Amedore.

The newspaper was contacted earlier in the day about such rumors, but had no comment. The Internet story was posted at 2:24 p.m.

The video, filmed of the Review’s top 40 under 40 business people, shows Amedore talking about his home building business, and his first year in the Assembly. Amedore’s campaign has protested that the clip is unfairly edited to make it sound like Amedore isn’t committed to his elected post. The ad quotes Amedore as saying he doesn’t look at the Assembly position as a job. The rest of the statement, which can be seen on You Tube, shows him adding that he looks at the Assembly seat as serving the community.

“The Business Review owns the exclusive copyright in the 2008 “Forty Under 40” video,” said Business Review Publisher Carolyn Jones in the article. “Our newspaper never granted Mr. Blanchfield permission to use the video for any purpose, including for a commercial for his political campaign.”

“We have demanded that Mr. Blanchfield cease the use of the video immediately,” Jones said in the story.