Attorneys for Democratic congressional candidate Randy Perkins have sent a letter to local TV stations threatening litigation if they don’t immediately stop airing a “false, misleading and deceptive” attack ad by the National Republican Congressional Committee.
The NRCC ad, which began airing Tuesday, accuses Perkins of &8220;scamming a school district.&8221;
Perkins faces Republican Brian Mast for the Palm Beach-Treasure Coast congressional District 18 seat in one of the nation&8217;s most closely watched House races. Perkins is founder and CEO of Ashbritt Inc., a disaster recovery business that has been paid billions of dollars for overseeing cleanup projects after such storms as Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy.
In 2009, auditors said the Broward County school district overpaid Ashbritt $765,608 for repairs to portable classrooms damaged by Hurricane Wilma in 2005. Ashbritt filed a 2010 lawsuit disputing the claim and reached a settlement in 2014 in which it paid the district $200,000 and the school board stated that Ashbritt &8220;committed no wrong doing.&8221; The settlement states that language in the Wilma contract was &8220;ambiguous and there is a good faith disagreement over its interpretation.&8221;
The &8220;Dear Station Manager&8221; letter today from attorneys Kate S. Keane and David J. Lazarus lays out the settlement terms and concludes that Perkins and his campaign &8220;stand prepared to pursue all legal remedies available to cease the distribution of this advertisement.&8221;