John Ashcroft supporters are irate over the conduct of the Carnahan campaign committee. The campaign released months of research material for attack ads to liberal special interest groups to use in their opposition of Ashcroft’s nomination as U.S. attorney general. Jean Carnahan, who has publicly suggested she hasn’t decided how to vote during Ashcroft’s nomination, claims she had no knowledge of what happened. She attributes the action to Democratic consultant Mark Farinella, who managed her late husband’s senate campaign.