Houston ad agency Rehak Creative Services has filed a defamation lawsuit against statehouse candidate Ann Witt, claiming that a Web site where she documents her opponent’s campaign donations amounted to libel of the agency.
A spokeswoman for Witt said that the site, How to Succeed in Government, is fact-based and will not come down. The Witt campaign has not yet filed a response to the claim.
Rehak claims in its petition filed April 30 in Harris County District Court that the “Succeed” Web site contains a number of “defamatory and illegal statements and references” with regard to Rehak including:
-- Material misstatements as to the amount of Rehak’s contributions to Jim Murphy’s campaigns, which were intended to and did create a materially false impression as to timing of such contributions.”
-- Materially false allegations of a quid pro quo between Rehak’s contributions and a contract awarded by the Westchase District to RCS."
-- Materially false implication that RSC and Rehak were unqualified ‘cronies’ of Representative Murphy, rather than being highly qualified to participate in the competitive bidding process that RCS won” in 2003.
The suit also alleges that the statements were published without an attempt to contact RCS “or attempting to verify the accuracy of the statements.”