60 Plus Association Ad Lies About The GOP's "Promise" To Seniors

April 22, 2011 12:58 pm ET

60 Plus Association, a group that calls itself "the conservative alternative to the liberal AARP," is running a 60-second radio spot in over 30 congressional districts as part of a new $800,000 ad campaign. The ad thanks House Republicans for supposedly protecting Medicare, but contrary to 60 Plus' claim, a vote for the GOP budget was not a vote to 'protect and preserve' Medicare. Instead, it was a vote to end Medicare as we know it by turning it into a voucher system. And despite the group's assertion that there will be "no changes for seniors on Medicare now or those who will soon go on it," the GOP budget will negatively impact current seniors in addition to hurting future seniors.

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Ad Check: Tea Party Express Filters Old Lies Through New Front Group

April 12, 2011 12:27 pm ET

While the "Campaign to Defeat Barack Obama" sounds new, it is merely the newest name for the Tea Party Express (aka Our Country Deserves Better PAC). Similarly, their latest TV ad puts shiny video packaging around long-debunked attacks on President Obama's first two years in office. The ad only breaks new ground by using an image of a terrorist apprehended in 1999 to accompany the allegation that the current administration is soft on terror. In the alternate universe where this ad gets its facts, Barack Obama caused the recession and the growing national debt and has earned "a reputation for incompetence around the globe" while government workers earn double what the private sector pays. In reality, President Obama's policies have turned a spiraling economy into 13 straight months of private-sector job growth and improved world opinion toward the U.S. substantially, while the federal pay claim has been thoroughly debunked.

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In 60-Second Ad, National Republican Trust Rewrites Recent History On Wall Street

November 02, 2010 6:03 pm ET

A new minute-long ad from the National Republican Trust PAC accuses the Obama administration and the Democratic Party of swindling the American people to help "their friends on Wall Street." The carefully-worded ad paints a hopelessly inaccurate picture of what happened during the Wall Street collapse. You wouldn't know it from watching this ad, but the Wall Street "bailout" was initiated at the sharp insistence of the Bush administration in 2008, when then-Senator Obama was in the heat of the presidential contest. Even worse, the NRT claims that this year's landmark financial regulatory reform bill was a fraud because "the vast bulk of Wall Street money goes to fund" Democrats' campaigns. But by that same logic, the reform bill must be pretty potent stuff: Wall Street has made a dramatic shift in allegiances and is giving twice as much to Republicans as Democrats in the wake of the law's passage.

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"Enough" Is "Enough" With Club For Growth's Falsehoods

November 01, 2010 6:26 pm ET

In a new version of their "Enough" ad, the Club for Growth (CFG) goes after Rep. Harry Mitchell (D-AZ) with patent falsehoods about the Affordable Care Act as well as the government bailouts of Wall Street banks and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Contrary to the CFG's claims, the Affordable Care Act kept intact the private health system, and government intervention in the financial and mortgage industries brought the economy back from the precipice of disaster. 

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Let Freedom Ring Letting Falsehoods Fly On National Debt

November 01, 2010 5:19 pm ET

Let Freedom Ring, a 501(c)(4) run by long-time evangelical activist Colin Hanna is running a 60-second spot on national debt.  The ad advises viewers to "vote for candidates who will save us from national bankruptcy."  The message the Republican-aligned group is pushing is clear, but it's also highly inaccurate. Most of the national debt can be attributed to decisions made during the Bush administration, chiefly the misguided and costly war in Iraq and the Bush tax cuts.  The Democrats' much smaller contribution to the debt was primarily "stimulus" spending, a necessary measure to ameliorate the effects of the recession, which was the worst we've encountered since 1929.

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American Crossroads Ad Is "Baloney"

November 01, 2010 5:09 pm ET

Repeatedly using footage of Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) saying "shut up," American Crossroads tries to suggest that Hinchey is belligerent and out-of-touch with the opinions of his constituents. The ad cites "job-killing taxes," the "stimulus," and "devastating Medicare cuts," but manages to distort the truth about all of its claims. Hinchey's votes in favor of the Recovery Act and health care reform will actually create jobs, boost the economy, and strengthen Medicare without cutting benefits.

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American Crossroads' Anti-Health Care Ad Is In Bad "Condition"

November 01, 2010 3:55 pm ET

An American Crossroads advertisement attacking Rep. Scott Murphy (D-NY) focuses on the health care reform bill, misleading voters throughout. The ad claims that "Pelosi's government takeover" added $1 trillion in new spending, made $500 billion in Medicare cuts, and leads to more debt. In fact, the Affordable Care Act strengthens Medicare without cutting seniors' benefits and ultimately reduces the deficit. Moreover, there is no "government takeover" — the law leaves in place the private health care system.

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Super PAC's "Voter Guide" Leads Viewers In The Wrong Direction

November 01, 2010 1:43 pm ET

Dick Morris' Super PAC for America is on the air promoting falsehoods about policies supported by Democratic members of Congress in seven districts across the country. The ads bill themselves as "voter guides" purporting to give voters the "facts" about candidates, when in fact they deride legislation like the "healthcare takeover" and the Recovery Act, while flat-out lying about a "$500 billion Medicare cut" — the Affordable Care Act actually strengthened the program. For the two representatives targeted by Super PAC who didn't vote for health care reform, the ad highlights their refusal to advocate for repeal of the law, without mentioning that repeal would cost millions of Americans their coverage and add billions to the deficit.

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Super PAC For America Should "Stop" Misinforming Voters

November 01, 2010 1:11 pm ET

Super PAC for America, a conservative group founded by political analyst Dick Morris, has released a slew of cookie-cutter ads attacking Democratic representatives in Iowa, Maine, New York, and Arizona with well-worn Republican falsehoods. The ad misrepresents the Affordable Care Act as a "health care takeover" that cuts seniors' Medicare benefits, when the bill actually keeps the private health system in place and strengthens Medicare. In addition, the ad bills the Recovery Act as "wasteful" — though it created millions of Americans jobs and revitalized the economy — and stokes fears of tax hikes and amnesty for undocumented workers. In reality, Democrats plan to extend tax cuts for 97 percent of Americans, and comprehensive immigration reform is not amnesty but a fair and reasonable way to fix our broken immigration system. 

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National Federation Of Independent Business Trying To Put One Over On South Carolina Seniors

November 01, 2010 10:00 am ET

In a new ad titled "Pelosi Playbook," the NFIB aims to push voters away from Rep. John Spratt (D-SC) by lying about the Affordable Care Act, which Spratt supported. In reality, the reform bill doesn't cut Medicare benefits for seniors or put the government in charge of your health care. The law actually strengthens Medicare by adding new benefits for enrollees, and leaves the private health care system in place.

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