Political Correction

"Shadow RNC" Dishonestly Attacks Senator Reid In New Ad

July 16, 2010 12:13 pm ET - by Matt Finkelstein

In June, American Crossroads — the Republican fundraising outfit established to rival the flailing RNC — reported a cash haul of more than $8 million.  The large total has fueled speculation that the group's high-profile advisers, former Bush strategists Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie, could play a central role in reviving the GOP. 

Based on its latest ad, however, American Crossroads doesn't appear to be much different than any number of right-wing groups contributing to the fight against Democrats.  In the ad, the so-called "shadow RNC" attacks Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) over the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, claiming that "Nevada ranks 50th in the money received from Harry's stimulus bill."


"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 [including Washington, DC].  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."

Like so many Republican attack ads, the claim in this one is demonstrably false.  Beyond the irony of self-professed "conservatives" blasting Reid for, in essence, not bringing home enough pork, at least 11 states have received less stimulus money than Nevada. 

Read our full fact check of American Crossroads' new ad HERE    

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