Dome obtained a production copy of the pro-Justice Paul Newby attack ad on Saturday, and noted that in a title page before the ad begins the company, Innovative Advertising (which also produced the infamous “banjo ad”) lists the client as “Paul Newby for Supreme Court” and not Justice for All N.C.
Independent expenditure committees aren’t allowed to coordinate with a candidate’s campaign. Bob Rosser, a spokesman for the super PAC, re-iterated Saturday that the ad is from Justice for All, and said the reference to the client must be for the company’s internal tracking.
Paul Shumaker, Newby’s campaign strategist, said the campaign had nothing to do with the ad. He added that neither he nor Newby has even seen it.
Newby’s committee is called “Newby for Court.”