Josh Mandel's first negative ad about U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown has been on the air for five days.
The 30-second spot is entitled "Change."
It features stark black and white images of Brown and claims about his voting record.
It features full-color pictures of Mandel serving in Iraq, talking with a voter, and brags about his accomplishments as State Treasurer.
The ad opens asking the question, "What is 37-year politician Sherrod Brown hiding with his negative ads?"
The narrator continues, "Brown bailed out Wall Street, gave huge bonuses to executives, sent billions of our tax dollars to foreign countries and cast the deciding vote on the government takeover of health care. Time for a change?"
"Marine veteran Josh Mandel earned the highest possible credit ratings as State Treasurer. He cut the budget and protected tax dollars," the narrator goes on.
Mandel's claim about Sherrod Brown's 37-year career of running and holding office is correct. Brown has spent most of his grown-up life in a political career.
Brown did vote for the TARP bailouts. So did many Republicans.
He did not give the AIG bonuses, the campaign refers to in back-up articles. He later demanded they be returned or taxed at a high level.
The ad features flags of South Korea, Spain and China. The campaign refers to an article describing how 11 U.S. windfarms used funding from the 2009 stimulus package to buy wind turbines from the aforementioned countries.
Brown was not involved in buying that equipment. He later introduced a bill to stop future purchases from foreign companies.
A Mandel campaign spokesman also said the ad is meant to be critical of Brown's votes for foreign aid to certain countries, like Pakistan.
Sixty Senators voted "Yes" on the measure that allowed passage the President's Health Care Plan.
Experts say each of them could be said to have cast the "deciding" vote. Mandel's campaign said only Brown must answer to Ohio voters.
The ad claims Josh Mandel earned the highest credit ratings as Treasurer. He did. But the fund the campaign references earned the same ratings for the previous 16 years.
The broad-brush ad gives Brown more power than he has, omits significant facts, and overstates many of its conclusions.
We rate it "Mostly False" on the Truth Test meter.