August 12, 2010 11:55 am ET filed under Blog
August 12, 2010 11:54 am ET filed under Fact Check
In an email to supporters yesterday, Newt Gingrich blamed Democrats for high unemployment and argued that "the extension of unemployment benefits has given people a perverse incentive to stay on unemployment rather than accept a job." Gingrich cynically warns that Democrats are making jobless Americans "get so used to being unproductive that they are willing to accept welfare indefinitely instead of taking a job." Gingrich is just the latest in a long line of Republicans to attack the unemployed for political gain. In reality, unemployment checks average about $300 per week, and cherry-picked anecdotes about "indefinite welfare" ignore the real source of high unemployment: a severe economic crisis brought about by Republican mismanagement.
April 29, 2010 3:53 pm ET filed under Blog
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March 17, 2010 3:34 pm ET filed under Fact Check
On March 17, 2010, Newt Gingrich's American Solutions for Winning the Future sent an email to supporters blasting self-executing rules as "blatantly unconstitutional." Yet as Speaker of the House, Gingrich "set new records" for the amount of self-executing rules, using them up 35% of the time in the 105th Congress.
March 15, 2010 11:31 am ET filed under Fact Check
In a "Solutions Insider" published on March 15, 2010, Newt Gingrich's American Solutions for Winning the Future repeated the rightwing myth that clean energy legislation would "kill millions of jobs and raise costs for American families by thousands of dollars per year." In reality, investing in clean energy would boost America's economy by $111 billion and create up to 1.9 million jobs.
March 05, 2010 12:40 pm ET filed under Fact Check
On March 3, 2010, Newt Gingrich's American Solutions for Winning the Future falsely stated a report published by Harvard University's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs claimed "the price of gas will rise to $7 per gallon" to meet emissions reduction targets. In reality, the Belfer Center was recommending additional fuel taxes in order to facilitate reductions in carbon emissions, not analyzing the impact of current proposals.
February 25, 2010 9:04 am ET filed under Blog
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October 08, 2009 4:54 pm ET filed under Blog
Attempting to spin the facts in their direction, conservative groups throw logic out the window.
September 30, 2009 3:58 pm ET filed under Blog
Former Speaker Newt Gingrich seems to have gotten into the habit of leading companies in the adult entertainment industry to believe they won awards, then telling them "no."
September 11, 2009 2:41 pm ET filed under Blog
August 31, 2009 1:32 pm ET filed under Fact Check
On August 31, 2009, Newt Gingrich's American Solutions for Winning the Future claimed cap-and-trade "would raise costs for an average family by roughly $3,000 per year." In reality, the American Clean Energy and Security Act would create 1.7 million American jobs, reduce harmful emissions and help America become more energy independent, all for less than a quarter a day.
August 14, 2009 9:27 am ET filed under Blog
August 06, 2009 2:00 pm ET filed under Fact Check
During the congressional recess, Democratic lawmakers have been facing unruly mobs at town hall meetings in their districts. However, the protestors' outrage has been largely manufactured by front groups tied to the oil and energy industries.
August 05, 2009 1:44 pm ET filed under Blog
On August 5, 2009, the Center for Public Integrity released new analysis regarding Newt Gingrich's American Solutions for Winning the Future. What did it find? The group's anti-American Clean Energy and Security Act crusade attracted another $250,000 donation from Peabody Energy.
July 31, 2009 2:37 pm ET filed under Blog
A new exposé from Politico finds that Newt Gingrich's American Solutions for Winning the Future is bankrolled by special interests and huge corporations while it fights to enact their agenda.
July 30, 2009 11:31 am ET filed under Blog
On July 29, 2009, former Speaker Newt Gingrich's American Solutions for Winning the Future published a piece opposing new regulations for oil speculators. In reality, American families deserve a government that will protect their interests against the looming greed of Wall Street and Big Oil.
June 25, 2009 12:21 pm ET filed under Fact Check
Attempting to rebut a Media Matters Action Network fact check, Newt Gingrich's coal-funded American Solutions for Winning the Future gets its facts - and our name - wrong.
June 22, 2009 4:51 pm ET filed under Fact Check
On June 22, 2009, Newt Gingrich's organization, American Solutions for Winning the Future, launched a new ad attacking the American Clean Energy and Security Act. Featuring shaky black-and-white footage of a bridge collapsing, the ad clearly intends to frighten the public about the costs of the Democrats' cap-and-trade plan. But, predictably, Gingrich's group has its facts all wrong.
June 01, 2009 10:49 am ET filed under Fact Check
On May 28, 2009, Newt Gingrich's organization, American Solutions for Winning the Future, posted a video asking its members to "Stop the Energy Tax." What the group should really do is stop spreading misinformation about the American Clean Energy and Security Act.
May 15, 2009 4:06 pm ET filed under Fact Check
Former Speaker Newt Gingrich's organization, American Solutions for Winning the Future, has put forth an economic recovery plan. They suggest "eliminating Congressional earmarks and wasteful pork-barrel spending." Yet as Speaker of the House, Gingrich openly used well-placed pet projects to boost the GOP's electoral prospects.
April 22, 2009 12:52 pm ET filed under Fact Check
On April 22, 2009, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich wrote an op-ed in Politico arguing against the Employee Free Choice Act, which earlier this year he called "a mortal threat to American freedom." However, Gingrich's fear mongering ignores the facts: The Employee Free Choice Act will protect the rights of American workers and give the economy a much-needed boost.