In our first "Buying a Voice" of the gubernatorial campaign we take a close look at an ad already generating some controversy.
The ad paid for by Republican Ken Cuccinelli's campaign for governor takes aim at a business deal from his opponent Terry McAuliffe's past- Global Crossing.
The ad features former employees of the company that the Democrat McAuliffe invested $100 thousand in-- but saw a return in the millions of dollars- anywhere from $8 million to $18 million.
But while McAuliffe and others made money- the company itself went belly up leaving many-- like those featured in ad without a job.
"I got walked out and that was it,” said Deb Goehring in the ad. “My career was over."
The problem is the two of the three stars of the ad-- have told multiple media outlets-- including the liberal web site Mother Jones, that they had no idea they were going to be a part of a political ad-- and that their problems with the company had nothing to do with McAuliffe.
The ad is paid for directly by the Cuccinelli campaign.
The Cuccinelli campaign stands by the facts in the ad. Top adviser Chris LaCivita said the people interviewed signed waivers agreeing for the interviews to be used in a number of different ways.
Despite calls from the McAuliffe campaign to pull the ad, the Cuccinelli team said the ad will quote "run it's course."