(Erie County, N.Y.) – Beth Parlato pulled an attack ad from the air today after a story published by WNYmedia Network indicated that Parlato faced the possibility of “a hefty fine and/or up to six months in jail” for violating federal laws related to misuse of IRS logos and hiring an actor to portray an IRS official.
“Parlato’s attack ad misses the mark in many ways, but most importantly, the ad prominently features the official IRS logo behind a really bad actor portraying himself as an IRS official. The use of the logo is a direct violation of Federal laws.” (WNYmedia Network, 5/14/20)
According to WNYmedia Network, “Parlato now finds herself facing the possibility of a hefty fine and/or up to six months in jail if the ad is not immediately removed.”
The report cited IRS guidelines that specifically indicate that “Failure to comply with or knowingly violate IRS Design Standards, or using any logo in an unethical way are subject to any of the legal ramifications denoted in IRM 126.96.36.199, Legal Authority.”
Parlato pulled the illegal ad from the air, just two days the Republicans chairs in the 27th district have demanded that Parlato “suspend (her) negative campaign and promote your own candidacy rather than viciously attacking others.” (Buffalo News, 5/13/20)
One county chair described Parlato’s negative campaign as “the continuation of a destructive behavior pattern for her own self-promotion,” and said it seems “like she’s working with Nate McMurray.” (Buffalo News, 5/13/20)
But Parlato replaced the illegal IRS ad with another negative attack ad that also uses an actor to make fake and misleading claims.