Thompson chided over radio ad gig

July 6, 2007 at 4:24 PM
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WASHINGTON, July 6 (UPI) -- U.S. presidential hopeful Fred Thompson is taking flak for his role as pitchman for a firm whose president has been accused of shady dealings.

The New York Daily News said Friday Democrats were appalled at radio commercials featuring Thompson that tout LifeLock, an identity protection company whose co-founder was once accused of stealing personal information from his clients.

"He's lobbying for the powerful special interests ... serving as the pitchman for a company whose owner is accused of fraud," said Democratic National Committee spokeswoman Stacie Paxton, adding, "It's pretty clear that Fred Thompson stands for what's best for him and his special interest friends, not the American people."

LifeLock's Robert Maynard was accused by the Federal Trade Commission in 1996 of collecting account numbers from clients of his credit-fixing business. He settled the case, the Daily News said, by agreeing get out of the business.

A spokesman for Thompson said the former senator and expected GOP candidate did the ads as part of his contract with the ABC Radio Networks and LifeLock appeared to be legitimate.

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