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RGA ad attacks Walter Dalton for third time on sales tax proposal

The Republican Governors Association is airing a TV ad in North Carolina that attacks Walter Dalton for his one-time support for a sales tax hike -- the third such commercial from the group on the issue.

The 30-second spot starts with a clip of the Democratic candidate for governor criticizing Pat McCrory's tax plan, saying it could lead to higher sales taxes. And then hits Dalton for previously supporting a three-quarter of a penny sales tax for schools pitched by Gov. Bev Perdue earlier this year.

The RGA hit the same theme in a previous ad we ruled false in a fact-check. But this time the Washington-based group tweaked the wording to more accurately reflect that Dalton did support the tax hike; he doesn't anymore.

Still, the new RGA ad incorrectly cites a UNC business school student about the effect of a sales tax hike, saying that it would kill 8,000 jobs. The study says no such thing.

It also calls the tax hike the "Perdue-Dalton" plan when such classification is misleading because it was not a joint proposal and many more Democrats supported increasing the sales tax in the state budget to boost education funding.

(McCrory hasn't said how he would pay for his plan to reduce corporate and personal income taxes but vowed not to touch the sales tax rate.)

Another RGA ad criticized Dalton on the sales tax in May.

The newest commercial began running in North Carolina on Oct. 5 but the RGA never advertised the spot until Dome spotted it on TV and began to ask questions. The group is spending millions  to air TV commercials attacking Dalton through the election in an uncoordinated effort to boost Republican Pat McCrory.

McCrory touted in Tuesday night's debate that his TV commercials are all positive -- but he has refused to acknowledge that the RGA is acting his attack dog. Even though he criticized negative advertising in the campaign, McCrory has not called upon RGA to take the ads off TV. 


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