Robinson sues DeFazio over Ore. billboards

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Associated Press

Posted on October 23, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 23 at 9:31 AM

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Republican 4th District congressional candidate Art Robinson has sued Democratic incumbent Peter DeFazio, alleging that several recent billboards mislead voters and violate federal election laws.

The Register-Guard reports (http://is.gd/bHkBoQ ) that the billboards show a prominent picture of Robinson with the words "Art Robinson says" followed by various comments such as "Public schools should be abolished" and "Social Security should be ended through attrition."

In the Circuit Court lawsuit filed Monday, Robinson alleges that some of the billboards have no disclaimer as required by law, and that others do have it but in such small type that no motorist would be able to see that the DeFazio campaign is responsible for the signs. He seeks more than $1 million in damages.

Robinson also accuses DeFazio of taking his words out of context.

DeFazio says the missing disclaimers were a billboard company error that he is fixing. He says he stands by the content of the ads.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com

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