According toCBS News it was Scott Howell, (above) a protege of Lee Atwater and Karl Rove, who “produced the controversial Republican National Committee ad targeting Tennessee Democratic Senate candidate Rep. Harold Ford Jr.”
Howell wasrecruited by Atwater to work for the RNC where he “learned the game from the ground up as one of a handful of young people the RNC was training to be campaign operatives.” After 4 years at the RNC he went on to work for Rove in 1992 at his Texas direct-mailing firm.
CBS has a rundown of Howell’s history of invlovement with despicable ads…
Howell is no stranger to controversy. He was media consultant for Sen. Saxby Chambliss when his campaign ran an ad showing a picture of then-Democratic Sen. Max Cleland, who lost his legs in the Vietnam War, alongside Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein.
He also produced an ad for Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn that accused Democrat Brad Carson of being soft on welfare while showing two black hands counting cash.
Howell also worked for Republican Jerry Kilgore in last year’s Virginia gubernatorial race when Kilgore ran an ad saying that Gov. Tim Kaine wouldn’t have used the death penalty against Hitler.
For more on Howell fromSourcewatch