The Alaska Democratic Party says it plans to file an APOC complaint against the Republican Governors Association and against Palin. The Democrats say the RGA ads about Palin are not "issues" ads at all but can only be seen as a call for people to vote for her. They also say it appears the Palin campaign and the RGA coordinated on the ad, which isn't allowed. The RGA says the complaint is a political stunt, that the Democrats know the ad is legal, and that there was no coordination involved.
In today’s story on third parties and campaign funding, Palin argues that it’s inconsistent for Knowles to blast her for tolerating soft-money ads on her behalf because he benefited from such ads in his 2004 U.S. Senate race. The Knowles campaign said that the national Senate race resonates outside the state - unlike the governor’s race - so you can’t compare the two elections. (They also say Knowles spoke out against soft-money ads in the 2004 race too.)
Whether you believe it matters or not (Palin’s people say it does, Knowles’ people say it doesn’t), here’s an example of a “527” group that did spend money on Knowles' behalf in the 2004 race:
Citizens for a Strong Senate paid for about $305,000 in TV ads, according to a post-race analysis by University of Alaska professors Carl Shepro and Clive Thomas.
I’d wanted to include that number in today’s story, but left it out because I didn’t have a solid source for it at the time. (Shepro sent over a copy of the report today.)