Democratic U.S. Rep. Donna Shalala has sent a cease-and-desist letter to the Maria Elvira Salazar campaign over an ad accusing Shalala of profiting off the COVID-19 outbreak.
The two are facing off in the race for Florida’s 27th Congressional District.
The ad targets Shalala over a series of stock sales Shalala did not disclose. Shalala argues Salazar is making false claims as the Miami Herald reports Shalala has once again failed to report two sales in violation of the 2012 STOCK Act.
Salazar’s ad, however, goes further, and asserts Shalala “broke the law to enrich herself off coronavirus.” The Salazar campaign has not given evidence to support that claim, and none of Shalala’s STOCK Act violations imply that she is making money off the outbreak.
That misleading claim has led Shalala to send a cease-and-desist letter demanding the ad be taken down.
“The allegation stems from the fact that in April 2020, Representative Shalala admitted that she mistakenly failed to timely file periodic transaction reports for stock her broker sold in 2019,” Shalala’s letter reads.
“Yet, your advertisement has alleged that Rep. Shalala ‘broke the law to enrich herself off coronavirus.’ This false accusation is