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August 23, 2011 3:00 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Guinta "Not Familiar" With Right-Wing Group Spending Big Money In NH

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November 18, 2010 10:03 am ET filed under Blog

How Many Anonymously-Funded Campaign Ads Does It Take To Sweep Republicans Into A House Majority?

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November 09, 2010 10:03 am ET filed under Blog

Astroturfing The Airwaves: 20 Largest Right-Wing Groups Bought 144,000 TV Ads, 77% Anonymously Funded

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October 31, 2010 6:26 pm ET filed under Ad Check

AAN Ad Takes "Stripped" Ad To Virginia

American Action Network is out with an ad identical to five others it previously released. Featuring partially-undressed actors, this version of the ad attacks Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) and suggests that he "stripped us with a wasteful stimulus" and "spent the shirts off our backs." Yet the Recovery Act wasn't a waste — it created millions of jobs and boosted the economy, helping to prevent a second Great Depression. 

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October 31, 2010 4:58 pm ET filed under Ad Check

AAN Peddles Well-Worn Health Care Lies In Anti-Herseth Sandlin Ad

The American Action Network (AAN) has released another ad that disparages the Affordable Care Act and urges Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-SD) to vote for repeal of the bill. In addition to disingenuously painting the Affordable Care Act as a "job-killing" initiative, AAN's ad stokes fears of harmful provisions that do not appear anywhere in the text of the bill. These non-existent provisions include cuts to seniors' Medicare benefits and expanding health care reform to undocumented immigrants. 

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October 29, 2010 7:12 pm ET filed under Blog

Astroturfing The Airwaves: 10,000 Right-Wing TV Ads In 5 Days Push Total To Nearly 110,000

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October 29, 2010 5:06 pm ET filed under Ad Check

No "Relief" From Falsehoods In AAN's New Ad

A new American Action Network ad suggests that Rep. Mark Critz (D-PA), as the late Rep. Murtha's economic development director, is responsible for Pennsylvania's unemployment rate. Yet this is tantamount to blaming one state official for the effects of a global recession; the ups and downs of Pennsylvania's unemployment rate closely mirror those of the national unemployment rate. The ad also accuses Rep. Critz of voting "to quit working and leave town" instead of extending tax cuts. In reality, Democrats are committed to addressing the expiring tax cuts when Congress resumes after the election, and they support extending the tax cuts for 97 percent of Americans. 

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October 26, 2010 10:04 am ET filed under Ad Check

American Action Network Aims Stimulus Misinformation At Rep. Wilson (D-OH)

The American Action Network (AAN) is peddling old distortions in a new attack ad on Rep. Charlie Wilson (D-OH).  With dizzying clown music and a long list of misleading claims, the ad attempts to confuse viewers into thinking Wilson supports expenditures like "150,000 to watch monkeys on drugs" when funding really went to research on human drug addiction treatment. At the end of this misleading litany the ad tells viewers the stimulus didn't help Ohio's economy, when unemployment in the state has fallen and the economy continues to improve. Time to leave the funhouse — AAN isn't fooling anyone.

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October 25, 2010 7:19 pm ET filed under Ad Check

AAN's Bogus Attack On Health Care Reform Is A Complete "Mess"

Norm Coleman's American Action Network has set the standard for deceptive advertising this election season, and the organization's latest ad against Rep. Chris Murphy (D-CT) is no exception. In attacking Murphy's support of the Affordable Care Act, AAN's attacks range from the ludicrous to the flat-out false. Contrary to AAN's assertions, the law does not provide "free health care for illegal immigrants," "jail time for anyone without coverage," or $500 billion in cuts to Medicare. Likewise, AAN's attempts to scare voters about higher premiums and increased government intervention ring hollow.

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October 25, 2010 2:50 pm ET filed under Ad Check

American Action Network Impugns Herseth Sandlin In Latest Attack On Stimulus

The American Action Network (AAN) is out with a new attack ad aimed at Rep. Herseth Sandlin (D-SD) over her support for the Recovery Act. AAN's ad decries stimulus projects involving "African ants" and "road crossings for turtles" that were funded by the Recovery Act, but ignores the fact that specific projects such as these were not directly included in the bill. Moreover, the supposedly "wasteful" Recovery Act helped us avoid another Great Depression and created millions of new American jobs. 

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October 25, 2010 12:03 pm ET filed under Blog

Astroturfing The Airwaves: Anonymous Donor Groups Drive Total Right-Wing TV Ads Above 100,000 Since Aug. 1

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October 25, 2010 10:31 am ET filed under Blog

Norm Coleman's American Action Network Responsible For Sleaziest Ad Of The Cycle

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October 24, 2010 6:37 pm ET filed under Ad Check

American Action Network Ad Blames Rep. Critz For Republicans' Tax Folly

Rep. Mark Critz (D-PA) is subject to the American Action Network's distorting tactics in a new political ad. The ad primarily hits Critz over the impending expiration of the Bush-era tax cuts, suggesting that he will be responsible for raising taxes on small businesses and for failing to extend the child tax credits. In fact, Democrats have pledged to act on the tax cuts when Congress resumes session in November, and it was Republicans who originally wrote the tax hikes into law. Moreover, Democrats' proposals would affect only 3 percent of small businesses and would actually make the child tax credits permanent.

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October 23, 2010 4:51 pm ET filed under Ad Check

American Action Network Continues To Lie About Rep. Perlmutter

Norm Coleman's American Action Network is taking one of its most fallacious attack ads to Colorado. The ad accuses Rep. Earl Perlmutter (D) of having voted to give convicted sex offenders access to free Viagra. Not only did Perlmutter do no such thing, but the issue being raised in the ad concerns the Senate, not the House, where Perlmutter serves. In reality, an amendment that would have forbidden access to Viagra for sex offenders was only introduced in the Senate and was widely regarded as a slick political ploy on the part of Republican Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) to defeat health care reform.

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October 21, 2010 6:41 pm ET filed under Ad Check

It's "Not So Tough To Spot" AAN's Bogus Attacks

Norm Coleman's American Action Network must think its ads featuring taxpayers with their clothes — literally — "stripped" from their backs by "wasteful" spending are pretty clever, because the organization has released four carbon copies of the ads to attack Reps. Steve Kagen (D-WI), Kurt Schrader (D-OR), Tom Perriello (D-VA), and Martin Heinrich (D-NM). However, the only thing that the taxpaying viewers of this ad are "stripped" of is the truth. Though AAN portrays the Recovery Act as "wasteful," the program actually saved millions of jobs and prevented further economic turmoil. Additionally, while AAN blames these congressmen for the debt, the real culprit is President Bush, who, before these representatives were even in office, ballooned both publicly and privately-held debt as well as the deficit.

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October 20, 2010 11:21 am ET filed under Ad Check

AAN Misleads Again, This Time About Taxes In Pennsylvania

American Action Network delves into Pennsylvania's 2009-2010 budget in order to attack State Rep. and congressional candidate Bryan Lentz (D-PA). In doing so, the Norm Coleman-founded organization misleads about the nature of tax increases included in the budget, fear-mongering specifically about a "new $300 million tax on health care." In reality, the budget Lentz supported avoided increasing Pennsylvania's income and sales taxes. Meanwhile, that "tax on health care" actually replaces an expiring federal tax, and will bring in matching Medicaid funds from the federal government, effectively returning money to the organizations that are subject to the tax.

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October 20, 2010 9:46 am ET filed under Ad Check

American Action Network's Stale Attack On Causey

The American Action Network's new attack ad aimed at House candidate Chad Causey (D-AR) for his support of the stimulus package and health care reform is as dishonest as it is unoriginal. Indeed, the ad relies on tired misrepresentations of Democratic policies to scare viewers, referring to the Recovery Act as "wasteful" and the Affordable Care Act as a "trillion-dollar health care takeover" that "left us a debt of $14 trillion." In reality, the stimulus put millions of Americans to work and saved the economy from the brink of a depression, and health care reform — which did not take over the private health system — will actually reduce the deficit. What's more, it was Republican policies and the economic downturn that caused deficits to explode.

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October 19, 2010 4:02 pm ET filed under Ad Check

American Action Network Takes Dishonesty To New Heights In West Virginia Ad

In a new ad attacking House hopeful Mike Oliverio (D-WV), Norm Coleman's American Action Network trades the truth for "truthiness." Not content to repeat the "$500 billion in Medicare cuts" lie, AAN pretends Oliverio is a Pelosi loyalist when in fact Oliverio said in April that he didn't particularly want to vote for Nancy Pelosi as House Speaker. Yet AAN's ad warps a Politico article to suggest Oliverio would follow Pelosi's orders. AAN is correct that Oliverio voted to raise legislators' pay in 2008, but they don't tell you that West Virginia's lawmakers hadn't had a raise since 1994, and after the raise in question they were only making $20,000 a year.

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October 19, 2010 2:29 pm ET filed under Ad Check

American Action Network Misleads On Health Care And Taxes In Attack On Keating

American Action Network (AAN) is out with a new ad attacking Bill Keating (D-MA) for supporting a supposed job-killing tax hike on small businesses and the "health care overhaul" that cut seniors' Medicare benefits "by half a trillion dollars." Despite the ad's misleading claims, the impending tax increases are the result of legislation authored by Republicans, and leading Democrats favor extending the Bush tax cuts for 97 percent of Americans. Furthermore, the Affordable Care Act strengthens Medicare without cutting seniors' benefits. 

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October 19, 2010 9:53 am ET filed under Ad Check

American Action Network's Facts Leave Voters In The Dark

The American Action Network is attacking Rep. Rick Boucher (D-VA) for supporting clean energy legislation. The ad casts Boucher as the "linchpin" for pass­ing the legislation in the House.  Unfortunately, not only is AAN wrong in attacking clean energy legislation, which will create millions of jobs and help to stave off the effects of climate change, but the attack on Boucher is vacuous and misguided.  Boucher, a 14-term congressman, is considered one of the coal industry's go-to guys in the Congress and actually inserted key provisions in the climate change bill to help coal producers in his district and state.

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October 19, 2010 8:58 am ET filed under Blog

American Action Network Doubles Down On Shameless "Viagra" Attack

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October 18, 2010 6:05 pm ET filed under Ad Check

American Action Network Lies About Rep. Titus & Viagra For Rapists

In a new, outrageously deceptive ad, the American Action Network (AAN) asserts that Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV) voted to allow convicted sex offenders to have access to free Viagra. In reality, the amendment that would have forbidden access to Viagra for sex offenders was introduced in the Senate and was widely regarded as a slick political ploy on the part of Republican Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK).

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October 18, 2010 3:57 pm ET filed under Ad Check

AAN's Attack On Donnelly Is Stripped Of The Facts

American Action Network has released a new attack ad against Rep. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) that misrepresents the stimulus as "wasteful" and disingenuously suggests that the policies the Congressman supported are responsible for the debt. In reality, the stimulus package put millions of Americans to work and helped bring the economy back from the brink of disaster, and it was Republican policies from the Bush era that caused deficits to skyrocket. 

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October 18, 2010 1:48 pm ET filed under Blog

Astroturfing The Airwaves: 81,000 Right-Wing TV Ads Since August 1

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October 18, 2010 11:22 am ET filed under Ad Check

New American Action Network Ads Are Chock-Full Of Falsehoods

Three nearly identical new American Action Network ads attacking Reps. Kurt Schrader (D-OR), Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Steve Kagen (D-WI) contain abundant false claims. The ads distort the effects of the Recovery Act, which created jobs, boosted the economy, and limited executive bonuses for TARP recipients; and they also mischaracterize health care reform — which leaves the private system intact — as a "takeover." Additionally, the ads mislead voters on the Pay-As-You-Go legislation by claiming that Schrader, Heinrich and Kagen voted to increase the debt, and to cap it off, they suggest that Congress wants to raise taxes. In fact, the upcoming tax increases are a result of legislation the Republicans authored, and leading Democrats want to extend tax cuts for 97 percent of Americans.

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October 16, 2010 3:17 pm ET filed under Ad Check

The Facts Trample All Over AAN's Bogus Attack On Murray

American Action Network's latest ad attempts to parody Washington Senator Patty Murray's persona as a "mom in tennis shoes" by portraying "Murray" — wearing tennis shoes — walking on the backs of her constituents. AAN claims that Murray is trampling over taxpayers by voting for "the largest tax increase in history" and "promising" to raise taxes on small businesses. However, the "largest tax increase" that AAN cites wasn't even close to being the largest in American history. Likewise, the "huge tax hike on small businesses" AAN claims Murray supports is actually the elimination of the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, which would have no effect on 97% of the nation's small business owners.

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October 16, 2010 2:53 pm ET filed under Ad Check

AAN Attacks Health Care Reform With Severe Misinformation

The American Action Network released an ad that tries to discredit the health care reform bill and urges Reps. Herseth Sandlin (D-SD) and Critz (D-PA) to vote for repeal of the bill.  Not only does the ad muddle several facts about the bill, it also misleads voters into believing that the bill includes certain harmful provisions that, in fact, do not exist.  These non-existent provisions include expanding health care reform to undocumented immigrants and billions in cuts to Medicare.  Both of these claims are complete lies.

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October 16, 2010 2:33 pm ET filed under Ad Check

AAN Wants Voters To "Remember" Their Lies About Health Care

The American Action Network released an ad that tries to discredit the health care reform bill and urges Reps. Perlmutter (D-CO) and Schauer (D-MI) to vote for repeal of the bill.  Not only does the ad muddle several facts about the bill, it also misleads voters into believing that the bill includes certain harmful provisions that, in fact, do not exist.  These non-existent provisions include expanding health care reform to undocumented immigrants and billions in cuts to Medicare.  Both of these claims are complete lies.

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October 15, 2010 8:04 pm ET filed under Ad Check

AAN Continues To Plug Tired Health Care Myths

American Action Network is out with a new ad aimed at House candidate Dan Seals (D-IL) over his support of the Affordable Care Act. The ad decries a "trillion dollar health care takeover," and suggests that health care reform cuts Medicare and "left us with a $14 trillion debt." In reality, the Affordable Care Act strengthens Medicare without cutting seniors' benefits and will reduce the deficit by billions. Additionally, the debt ballooned because of Bush era policies and the economic downturn. 

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October 15, 2010 8:03 pm ET filed under Ad Check

AAN's Deceptions About Spending Are Truly "Too Much"

Norm Coleman's American Action Network has released an ad accusing Reps. Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Tom Perriello (D-VA) and Tim Walz (D-MN) of endangering our children's future with trillions in "wasteful spending." The ad dishonestly casts the Affordable Care Act as adding a trillion dollars to the debt load carried by our children, when in reality, the legislation actually cuts the deficit by hundreds of billions of dollars. AAN also suggests that the stimulus was "wasteful," ignoring completely the fact that the Recovery Act stabilized the economy and created hundreds of thousands of jobs.

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