The Manchin campaign does not cite another instance of failure to pay.
"Well, it's typical Manchin - it doesn't deal with the issues and it's a bunch of half-truths," Dornan said of the ad.
Raese has been going after Manchin for being a "rubber stamp" for President Barack Obama and attacking the president's policies and the governor's support for them
Manchin campaign director Sara Payne Scarbro said the Manchin ad is meant to show who Raese is.
"I think that minimum wage and workers' comp and taxes are current issues, very much so, and individuals know who Joe Manchin is and what he stands for, and they deserve to know what Mr. Raese stands for," she said.
Mike Stuart, the chairman of the state Republican Party, said the ad shows Manchin is "scared" of Raese.
"I think he's very scared of John Raese. I've got to say that most political observers from both sides of the aisle are pretty surprised by the obvious fear by the Manchin campaign of the Raese campaign," he said.
Stuart said Manchin's latest ad "only builds the name ID of John Raese" by showing his image and repeating his name.
Isaac Wood, an editor at Sabato's Crystal Ball, a political forecasting website, said Manchin, like Democrats across the country, is going negative early in the race. (Raese, for his part, released his ads first and went negative first.)
Wood said the governor is "clearly worried that even his considerable popularity and name recognition could be moot if a large Republican wave breaks across West Virginia in November.
"At the same time, he is focusing his attacks squarely on Raese's policies and record, not on anything personal," Wood said.
"By staying away from overly personal attacks, Manchin is working to define Raese in a negative light but to avoid backlash from voters who decry attack ads that cross the line."
Contact writer Ry Rivard at ry.riv...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1796.