Chamber Ad Misleadingly Attacks Sen. Sherrod Brown For Energy Votes

November 16, 2011 2:03 pm ET

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is getting an early start on its 2012 attack ads with a spot going after Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) for his votes on domestic energy policy. The ad claims that Brown "had the chance to help cut energy costs" for Ohio families — but that's nothing more than spin. Brown voted to eliminate tax breaks for oil companies and against speeding the permitting process for offshore drilling, but experts explain that even increasing domestic energy production on a far larger scale would have no impact whatsoever on the price of energy.

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U.S. Chamber Of Commerce Uses Old Health Care And Tax Lies To Attack Sen. Tester

November 16, 2011 12:50 pm ET

One new ad from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce attacks Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) in particularly uncreative fashion. The ad accuses Tester of giving families reason to fear higher energy taxes, basing the claim on two votes from 2007 and 2008 on comprehensive climate change bills. The only vote from this year is Tester's opposition to billions in tax giveaways to oil companies that have made nearly a trillion dollars in profit in the past decade, but which still receive government tax breaks. The ad also trots out the old falsehoods about "Obamacare," including PolitiFact's 2010 "Lie of the Year." The Chamber appears more interested in defeating Senator Tester than in telling Montanans the truth.

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Ain't That A Shame: Pat Boone And 60 Plus Attack Sen. Sherrod Brown With Recycled Health Care Lies

November 09, 2011 10:56 am ET

In a new ad from the 60 Plus Association, renowned Top 40 crooner Pat Boone misrepresents the role, responsibilities, and powers of the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) set up by the Affordable Care Act to slow the dangerous rise of health care costs. But Boone, whose cover of Fats Domino's "Ain't That A Shame" was a No. 1 hit in 1955, is behind the times. It's been well established for a year now that IPAB doesn't have the power to ration care or change Medicare benefits, and the board's members have to be confirmed by the Senate. Furthermore, while Boone claims IPAB's savings will "fund more wasteful spending" and accuses Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) of "ignoring the problem" with Medicare's finances, the changes in the health care law actually extended the life of Medicare. Boone leaves one golden oldie about $500 billion in Medicare cuts to the narrator — but it's still not true.

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Coalition To Protect Patients' Rights Lies About Health Care Law, Pushes For IPAB Repeal

August 10, 2011 12:31 pm ET

The Coalition to Protect Patients' Rights (CPPR) is out with a new 30-second television ad attacking the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) created by the Affordable Care Act. The ad begins by taking a quote from then-Speaker Pelosi (D-CA) out of context and moves on to the worn-out lie that the health care law cuts billions from Medicare. CPPR continues with its distortions by falsely claiming that IPAB will deny care to seniors and be "like a Medicare IRS," when the truth is that the law prohibits IPAB from rationing care or increasing taxes. And far from IPAB being "unaccountable," Congress retains the authority to make final decisions on the board's recommendations. Rather than contributing to "more wasteful Washington spending," IPAB's ultimate goal is to reduce Medicare costs, saving the government money, while protecting the quality of care and benefits for seniors.

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Liz Cheney's New Ad Distorts Military Leaders' Testimony To Accuse President Obama Of Not Supporting The Troops

July 12, 2011 5:41 pm ET

In a new ad attacking President Obama's timeline for withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, Liz Cheney's "Keep America Safe" PAC edits testimony from General David Petraeus and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, to claim that "President Obama ignore[d] his generals' advice." In fact, both Petraeus and Mullen repeatedly indicated support for the president's drawdown schedule in their testimony, and both men described the long, deliberative and inclusive process behind the decision in terms that make the "ignore his generals" charge downright silly. The president's job as Commander in Chief is to exercise his own judgment based on the advice he receives, not to simply sign off on the recommendations of his military advisers.

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Crossroads GPS Ad Uses Cheap Tricks To Mislead On President Obama's Economic Record

June 27, 2011 12:35 pm ET

In a new ad titled "Shovel Ready," the misinformation mechanics at Crossroads GPS use an edited video of President Obama and a basic statistical swindle to support the claim that "Obama's $830 billion stimulus failed." The ad opens with President Obama speaking last summer at the 10,000th road project funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and it snips out 11 crucial words from his statement about the economy, thereby erasing the catastrophic recession that President Bush and supply-side, deregulatory economics left for Obama to clean up. Crossroads GPS follows up the editing tricks with a trio of claims about debt, unemployment and gas prices spiking during Obama's tenure, but that only holds water if you make Obama responsible for the months he held office before his policies could impact the economy. Economists and fact-checkers agree that that's dishonest.

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NRCC Lies About Democratic Plan For Medicare

June 08, 2011 6:01 pm ET

Amid complaints that Democrats are scaring seniors about the GOP Medicare plan, the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) jumped into the fray with an ad clearly aimed at scaring seniors about the Democratic plan for Medicare, otherwise known as the Affordable Care Act. The NRCC attacks the Affordable Care Act by taking media quotes out of context to claim it would “decimate Medicare” and will lead to “political rationing.” These are straight-up lies considering the health care law extends the life of the Medicare Trust Fund and prohibits rationing care. The health care law also protects and expands Medicare by cutting down on waste, fraud and abuse in the system, and by closing the prescription drug “donut hole” and providing additional preventive and wellness care to seniors.

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60 Plus Association Ad Lies About The GOP Medicare Plan, Again

June 06, 2011 5:19 pm ET

With a new web ad, 60 Plus Association is peddling the same lies about the Republican Medicare plan as it's done before. This time they are claiming the GOP plan fulfills the "promise" made to seniors and that it will "save Medicare." But the fact is the GOP plan for Medicare breaks the promise to seniors of a guaranteed benefit by replacing Medicare with an underfunded voucher system. Additionally, despite 60 Plus' claim, the GOP plan does not provide seniors with the same care members of Congress receive because it does not adjust for rising health care costs. And even though they say that there is "no disruption in benefits to those in or near retirement," the GOP Medicare plan negatively impacts benefits for current seniors by reopening the prescription drug "donut hole" and by eliminating preventative services provided by the Affordable Care.

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Crossroads GPS Misleads Viewers On Health Care Waivers

May 19, 2011 2:48 pm ET

The Karl Rove-backed group, Crossroads GPS, is out with a new misleading ad attacking unions and the Affordable Care Act. This time Crossroads GPS is claiming political cronyism is why the administration has granted unions waivers for the health care law. The ad makes it seem that unions are the only employers that have received waivers and that they received the waivers because of their ties to the White House. This could not be further from the truth. Waivers have been granted to all types of employers — including small and large businesses, health insurance companies, and city and state governments — not just unions. There are clear standards set up by the Department of Health and Human Services for reviewing waiver applications, and administrators have testified that the waiver process is administered fairly regardless of what organization is applying. Additionally, the waivers only temporarily exempt companies from just one provision of the health care law. This is done as a stop-gap measure so that individuals will not lose their health coverage while the Affordable Care Act is being fully implemented.

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NTU Ad Wastes Energy On Misinformation About Gas Prices And Oil Subsidies

May 05, 2011 12:19 pm ET

The anti-tax hardliners at the National Taxpayers Union are pumping $1.25 million into an ad campaign that blames President Obama for high gas prices. But the White House hasn't "banned" fossil fuel production in the U.S. as the ad claims, and the $4 billion in taxpayer money we spend every year to subsidize oil companies isn't doing anything to hold gas prices down. According to NTU, Obama's proposal to end those subsidies is merely "new energy taxes that would drive up prices even more," but energy experts say that ending taxpayer giveaways to oil companies won't impact pump prices.

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