(CNN) – Parts of a 2007 infomercial that features Arizona Senate hopeful J.D. Hayworth are hitting Arizona airwaves today – but this time as part of a McCain campaign ad that slams Hayworth over his involvement with a company called National Grants Conferences.
Hayworth, a radio host and former congressman, recorded the infomercial in 2007. The ad promised free information about "hundreds of billions of dollars in government funding" to individuals who attend a conference on the topic.
But the company behind the meetings – National Grants Conferences – has been criticized by the attorneys general of multiple states for deceptive marketing. A simple internet search brings back legions of complaints about the company.
Hayworth is seen in the spot saying, "Now you may think that what you've heard is too good to be true, but let me assure you, it is real."
Fast forward to 2010, and the McCain ad hitting airwaves statewide Wednesday uses the same language, but this time, a narrator's voice slams Hayworth after he delivers his pitch.
"Well, it was too good to be true. Twenty four attorneys general condemned this company for promising people free government money, and then ripping them off," the narrator says.
The 30-second spot ends with a graphic questioning whether Hayworth is a "huckster."
When the ad first surfaced earlier this week, the Hayworth camp says the McCain campaign is engaged in "politics as usual."
Hayworth served six terms in Congress before being defeated in 2006. Arizona's GOP primary will be held on August 24.