Treasurer Candidate Due Equal Time For Ads

CLEVELAND (AP) - Democratic treasurer candidate Mary Boyle has been offered free radio time to balance out the time her opponent, state Treasurer Joe Deters, was given to promote a series of seminars.

Deters' ads for his offices' free "Women and Money" seminars have been pulled from Clear Channel Communicaions stations in Cleveland and Columbus. Clear Channel spokeswoman Diane Warren said that Boyle will be given the free air time to meet the federal equal-time rule.

The rule says if a station gives free air time to one political candidate, it must give equal time to the candidate's opponent.

Clear Channel is a corporate sponsor of the Women and Money program and produced Deters' ads for free.

Boyle said that she's pleased by Clear Channel's response.

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