Ad Check: American Crossroads Smears Sen. Reid Over Stimulus

July 16, 2010 10:44 am ET

A new ad from American Crossroads — the so-called "shadow RNC" launched by Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie — attacks Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) over the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  Specifically, the ad claims that Nevada received less stimulus money than "every other state but one."  However, data from Recovery.gov and ProPublica.org unequivocally shows the claim to be false.

American Crossroads: "Really Harry?"

It's bad enough that Nevada has THE HIGHEST unemployment in the nation.  And Harry Reid claims to be helping the job situation?  Really Harry?  Recent data show Nevada ranks 50th in the money received from Harry's stimulus bill.  That's right. Senate Leader Harry Reid has gotten his own state less help than every other state but one.  And along with bailouts, deficits and Obamacare THAT'S what Harry Reid's done for Nevada.  Really Harry. That's not the kind of help Nevada needs." [American Crossroads Ad: "Really Harry Reprise" via YouTube, 7/15/10]

No, Not Really

13 States Were Awarded Less Money From The Recovery Act Than Nevada.  According to data from Recovery.gov, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act awarded 13 states less money than Nevada.  [Recovery.gov, accessed 7/16/10]

11 States Have Reported Less Money Received To Date Than Nevada.  According to data from Recovery.gov, 11 states have reported less money received to date from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act than Nevada.  [Recovery.gov, accessed 7/16/10]

ProPublica: Including Unreported Funds, 14 States Have Received Less Money From The Recovery Act Than Nevada.  ProPublica.org, "an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest," sought out recovery funds that went unreported because "the law doesn't require all recipients to report to Recovery.gov." It found that 14 states have received less money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act than Nevada.  [ProPublica.org, accessed 7/16/10

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