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On Wednesday, the campaign of Republican Ken Cuccinelli, who is running for governor in Virginia, released a new TV ad hammering Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe for investing in the fiber-optics company Global Crossing. When Global Crossing filed for bankruptcy in January 2002, hundreds of workers were laid off and many current and former employees saw their 401(k) accounts and severance pay packages wiped out. “Yet political insider and investor Terry McAuliffe cashed in,” Cuccinelli’s ad says. McAuliffe banked $8 million on an investment of $100,000.
The new ad features three former Global Crossing workers. Like last year’s powerful ads featuring middle-class workers talking about Mitt Romney’s business record, the ex-Global Crossing employees give the ad its emotional resonance. But here’s the catch: Two of the three employees tell Mother Jones that they were never told their words would be used in a political attack ad appearing in a state some 400 miles away.
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