Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - October 24, 2010

October 25, 2010 10:03 am ET — Media Matters Action Network

It says a lot about these midterm elections that the most notable conservative lies on yesterday's political shows came not from a Republican candidate for office, but from the men who masterminded the anonymously-funded attack ad machine that is boosting right-wing candidates around the country.

The Sunday talk shows featured former RNC chairman Ed Gillespie lying to ABC viewers about voter attitudes toward outside groups like his brainchild, American Crossroads, and then misleading about jobs and the economy. In fact, over 70 percent of respondents in this month's NBC/Wall Street Journal poll are concerned about outside spending making lawmakers "beholden" to outside groups. On Face the Nation, Gillespie's colleague Karl Rove claimed conservatives are only just catching up to liberals in outside spending, when it's been a dead heat for a couple cycles now, and studies show conservative groups are less likely to disclose donors than their liberal counterparts.

Meanwhile, on Fox News Sunday, Republican senate candidate Pat Toomey (PA) forgot that American companies pay less tax than our statutory corporate tax rates, and forgot that President Reagan raised taxes 11 times between the famous 1981 tax cut and the rampant economic growth for which Reagan is remembered.

Read our complete fact check HERE.