Jul 4, 2014, 2:30 PM EDT
Perhaps they should have just kept the cute dog on the hood.
Phil Parsons Racing, which runs the No. 98 for Josh Wise that sometimes features DogeCoin (and images of its Shiba Inu mascot), was set to have ads for Florida Democrat and gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist on that car for Saturday’s Coke Zero 400 at Daytona.
However, that didn’t sit well with the state’s Republican Party, which filed a complaint with the Florida Elections Commission on the grounds that the ad was a violation of the $3,000 limit on campaign contributions.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, a spokesman for Crist’s campaign said that the ad was “an in-kind donation” from a supporter and that the campaign spent no money themselves.
But the matter has become moot as of this morning. PPR has chosen to remove the Crist stickers from the car, with Parsons himself saying that the decision was made not because of the Florida Republicans’ complaint but out of respect to business partner Mike Curb.
Curb, a former Lieutenant Governor of California, happens to be a Republican.
In comments to Bob Pockrass of the Sporting News, Parsons said Curb “didn’t feel comfortable” about the Crist ad and noted his support of the team. Additionally, the team will return the money earned from the Crist ad.
“I’m going to give it back,” Parsons said according to Pockrass. “Mike’s been a huge supporter of us and Josh for years. We just felt like it was the right thing to do.”
Parsons also added that he had no intent on creating a ruckus with the ad, insisting that all he had in mind was “trying to keep the doors open any way we can” for his small team.
While Crist will not be on the No. 98 this weekend, Curb has told the Daytona Beach News-Journal that he’s reached an agreement with Parsons to have his record label, Curb Records, step in to be its primary sponsor.
“We tried to turn it into a positive,” Curb said to the N-J. “Crist will not be on the car in any capacity.”
The N-J story also sheds light on where the Crist ad came from. Former Sprint Cup team owner James Finch said to the paper that he made a deal worth around $25,000 to have Parsons promote Crist’s campaign (Curb himself pegged the deal’s value at $50,000, while Parsons declined to comment on that matter).
In yesterday’s first practice session at Daytona, Wise was 22nd on the time sheets.
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