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October 23, 2014, 4:17 pm
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Campaigns Make No Apologies For Fake Press Releases


Neither major party campaign for governor is apologizing for releasing fake media advisories this week. 

 

Governor Pat Quinn’s campaign started it with a press release telling reporters that opponent Bruce Rauner was “coming out of hiding” to answer media questions.  Then the Illinois GOP responded with its own fake release that claimed U.S. Senator Dick Durbin was pressuring Quinn to testify about his troubled anti-violence program. That release even included a fake Durbin quote and the name and phone number of a Durbin press staffer. 

 

Durbin calls the stunt, quote, “a new low,” and says the campaigns risk losing credibility with the press and public.

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