UPDATE: Firm Says Candidate Knew Voice Was Freeman Impersonator

A Los Angeles political firm denies it misled a congressional candidate in North Carolina about a radio ad using an actor who sounded like actor Morgan Freeman. MEI Political says it made clear verbally and in writing to Republican B.J. Lawson's campaign that it was using a voice double of Freeman for the ad.

Lawson's campaign said Monday night the campaign was scammed by the political firm into believing that Freeman had done the narration for an ad.

Freeman said in a statement through his publicist Monday that he never recorded any ads for North Carolina candidate B.J. Lawson and that he does not support Lawson's candidacy.

The advertisement features a narrator with a voice that resembles Freeman's. The narrator says at the conclusion of that ad, "It's time that you and I had a voice in Washington. Vote B.J. Lawson for Congress."

Lawson and campaign manager Martin Avila initially said Freeman did the ad. Avila later backed off that claim, saying the campaign had a contract signed for a Freeman ad with Los Angeles-based agency M.E.I. Political. The agency did not return a call seeking comment.

Lawson is running against Democrat incumbent David Price in the Fourth District. That includes parts of Chatham, Durham, Orange and Wake counties.

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  • by Facts? on Nov 2, 2010 at 03:12 PM
    How did I just KNOW that people would somehow blame the democrats when it was a republican commercial? And Russ, where are your "documented facts?" Maybe that's why your first post was taken off, because you don't realize he doesn't even have a granddaughter. So is this the pattern? When democrats screw up, blame the republicans and when republicans screw up, blame the democrats? Am I the only one noticing the hypocracy?
  • by Earl Location: Pitt County on Nov 2, 2010 at 12:00 PM
    This is news?!? Why don't you discuss David Price's voting record, which is much more of an issue in this campaign. Was that page left out of the media handbook on re-electing democrats?
  • by just saying on Nov 2, 2010 at 11:19 AM
    David, Like I said, to many followers in this country! People need to educate themselves on what they are voting for!
  • by David on Nov 2, 2010 at 09:32 AM
    Pulled a page from the demorats book. Fake a fanous black voice in the ad and you get the black vote.
  • by Another Anonymous on Nov 2, 2010 at 09:13 AM
    teacher, why capitalization of before?That does not make any sense.Quit your job please before our kids type like that.
  • by just saying on Nov 2, 2010 at 09:04 AM
    Why would ANYONE vote for someone just because of a voice anyway? Way to many FOLLOWERS in this country! We need more leaders, that can and will think for themselves!
  • by Whodat on Nov 2, 2010 at 09:03 AM
    Teacher is correcting the world.....one mispeeelllled wurd at a tyme! Get a life and leave mine alone!
  • by Jimbo Location: Pirate Nation on Nov 2, 2010 at 08:29 AM
    Crap like this from all parties is why I will be sooooooooo happy when the polls close tonight.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 2, 2010 at 08:25 AM
    Teacher, go back to class and teach, we the tax payers are not paying you to be on the internet during school hours.
  • by Russ Location: Henderson on Nov 2, 2010 at 08:04 AM
    What happened to my post? He cheated on his wife and had sex wih his granddaughter, both documented facts. Also made a big deal saying he would move out of the country if Bush was elected President. Which he didn't do so he is a liar as well.
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