Local nonprofit formed to combat untruthful political ads in county races
by Daniel Gaddy
May 01, 2012 | 1797 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In response to an infamous series of election ads, two local political figures have filed a complaint with the state attorney general’s office and formed a nonprofit to combat untruthful claims made in Walker County races.

The founders of the nonprofit, the Walker County Truth Alliance, are Lanny Capps, director of Walker Web TV, and his wife, Deb Capps, a former Republican candidate for county district judge.

The two say their efforts are in direct response to an ad campaign paid for by the Montgomery-based Conservative Truth Alliance, LLC.

The Montgomery group purchased advertisements that warned Republican primary voters in Walker County that three Republican candidates were indeed liberals — one of them being Deb Capps.

The ads also stated that Republican candidates Davey Reed and Patrick Suchey were closeted progressives.

The claims made in the advertisements were denounced by the candidates as either outright lies or flagrant distortions of the truth.

For example, one ad stated that Reed lived off a government check for years — referring to the candidate’s time as a teacher for Carbon Hill High School.

While Reed won the primary race for District 2 County Commission seat, Suchey lost to Keith Davis for the District 1 County Commission seat. And Capps lost to attorney Greg Williams in the Republican primary for district judge.

According to a press release issued by Walker County Truth Alliance, the Conservative Truth Alliance was not legally formed and should have been registered as a political action committee. A spokesperson for Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange’s office said they could not comment on the complaint.

Deb Capps said the new nonprofit and the complaint against the Montgomery group are not an effort to disqualify Williams’ candidacy.

The release stated, “We accept that he is the Republican candidate, but we do believe our citizens deserve to know who has such disrespect for our county that they will launch such attacks under a veil of secrecy.”

Lanny Capps said the Walker County Truth Alliance will also work to combat voter apathy in the area.

During the March 13 primary elections, only 11,785 of the county’s 43,648 registered voters cast a ballot, leaving the participation rate at 27 percent.

Capps said the group will work to strengthen voting numbers by a public information campaign on the group’s website at www.truthalliance.info.