- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 6, 2014

A look at key claims being made in TV ads that are being aired in Pennsylvania by candidates for governor ahead of the May 20 primary.

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THEME: Democrat Allyson Schwartz attacks Democrat Tom Wolf

TITLE: “Know”

LENGTH: 30 seconds

AIRING: TV stations statewide starting May 2

KEY CLAIM: “Yes, Wolf ran his family business, but in order to sell it he forced it deep into debt. Wolf walked away with $20 million for himself. The result? Hundreds of employees lost their jobs.”

ANALYSIS: In 2006, Wolf moved to give up day-to-day control of his building-products business, the Wolf Organization. He and two cousins each reduced their ownership stakes from about 33 percent to 11 percent and each received a $20 million buyout, part of which was financed by a bank loan.

The company shrank in the years afterward from about 600 employees in the York area to just over 200 in 2009. In 2009, Tom Wolf bought back a controlling stake in the business and re-assumed day-to-day control, he said, in order to help the company avoid bankruptcy because it could not make payments on its debt. At the time, company officials said their moves to close and sell stores were forced by the slowdown in housing construction during the recession, which began in December 2007.

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THEME: Democrat Rob McCord attacks Wolf

TITLE: “No Good Answer”

LENGTH: 30 seconds

AIRING: TV stations in Philadelphia starting May 2

KEY CLAIM: “Why would he chair the campaign of a man arrested for his role in a race riot? One that left a black woman dead. Why would Wolf stand by a man charged with first-degree murder, an admitted racist who handed out ammunition and shouted ‘white power’?”

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