Given the tense political environment leading up to the 2018 midterm elections, voters might rightfully wonder: Can political candidates really say whatever they want about an opponent to sway an election? And can they keep their seat if they lie and win?
Rhode Island’s race for governor offers a current example. Democratic candidate Matt Brown recently issued a cease and desist letter to his opponent, incumbent Republican Gov. Gina Raimondo, over statements her campaign made in several attack ads against him. Raimondo’s campaign accused Brown of money laundering, concealing debts and refusing to pay his workers, and claimed that Brown’s last election race in 2006 ended in a criminal investigation.
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