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Yesterday my fellow American Spectator contributor David Bass reported that actor Morgan Freeman recorded a campaign adfor Republican congressional candidate B.J. Lawson, who is challenging longtime liberal incumbent Rep. David Price in North Carolina’s 4th District. Freeman subsequently denied voicing the ad, which Bass reported in an update. Price, who faces the toughest challenge he’s had as an incumbent since 1994, jumped all over Lawson with accusations of lies and deceit.
Turns out apparently Lawson was himself deceived by a shady political consultant in Los Angeles:
On the eve of the election, the Lawson for Congress campaign apologized to Morgan Freeman for the misattribution of its latest advertisements and announced today that they have been tricked by a political mercenary based out of California.
“This is terribly unfortunate and we apologize profusely to Morgan Freeman for what has happened. This is obviously not something we ever would want to misrepresent. Once we found out that our contracted advertisement was not narrated by Morgan Freeman, we immediately pulled our ads. Our campaign is comprised almost entirely of volunteers and we were presented with an opportunity to make a great ad — unfortunately these political mercenaries completely misrepresented their offering and contract with us to take our money,” said B.J. Lawson.
If there’s any doubt that Lawson was scammed by Benjamin Mathis of MEI Political, you can view their email exchange here and the contract that promised a Morgan Freeman ad here. He might want to remove Lawson from his client list. In his emails Mathis claims to have several other well-known Hollywood actors at his disposal to record ads. Maybe he has a real good impressionist.