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April 13, 2011 5:35 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Fortenberry Wrongly Blames High Gas Prices On Federal Reserve Policy

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April 06, 2011 11:01 am ET filed under Blog

Sen. Paul: Regulation To Reduce Black-Lung Is Too "Burdensome"

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March 28, 2011 1:46 pm ET filed under Blog

Holtz-Eakin Debunks GOP Attacks On President Obama Over Oil Prices

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March 24, 2011 9:45 am ET filed under Blog

Campaign Contributions Undermine Rep. Issa's Investigative Integrity Once Again

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March 16, 2011 5:05 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Nunes Wants 200 Nuclear Plants, Says Meltdown Is 'Least Of Our Worries' If Tsunami Hits

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March 14, 2011 9:57 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - March 13, 2011

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March 14, 2011 9:50 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - March 13, 2011

Natural disasters nearly crowded out political chatter on the Sunday talk shows, but conservative guests dutifully plugged talking points into the spaces between stories about leaking reactors and coastal devastation in Japan. Sens. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Jon Kyl (R-AZ) are still clinging to the notion that the Recovery Act didn't lead to the current economy recovery, and each man blamed President Obama for the spike in gas prices that's followed recent political turmoil in the Middle East. McConnell also claimed the government's done nothing to address entitlement costs, although the Affordable Care Act took a number of steps to reign in the health care spending that's darkening our fiscal horizon. Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-TN) falsely insisted that tax cuts increase revenues on Fox News Sunday, while Gov. Mitch Daniels (R-IN) misled Meet the Press viewers about Gov. Scott Walker's (R-WI) campaign rhetoric.

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February 02, 2011 1:28 pm ET filed under Blog

Sen. Mark Kirk Blames His Anti-Science Evolution On Al Gore

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January 05, 2011 6:00 pm ET filed under Video

Rep. Upton Struggles To Explain His Carbon Backpedal

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January 03, 2011 11:41 am ET filed under Blog

Rep. Upton Struggles To Explain His Carbon Backpedal

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October 29, 2010 6:32 pm ET filed under Ad Check

Despite American Crossroads' Claims, Shuler's Clean Energy Vote Was Job Friendly

The Rove-linked American Crossroads is out with an ad blasting Rep. Heath Shuler (D-NC) over his vote in favor of clean energy legislation, claiming that cap-and-trade would kill over 60,000 jobs in North Carolina. In reality, clean energy legislation would create over 50,000 jobs in North Carolina and millions across the nation. In addition, it would boost the economy while costing only about a postage stamp per day, to boot.

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October 29, 2010 3:51 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Mark Kirk Blames His Vote For Cap-And-Trade On His Own "Ignorance"

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October 29, 2010 2:46 pm ET filed under Ad Check

Despite His Conservative Record, NRCC Absurdly Suggests Minnick Is Rampantly Liberal

In a new ad attacking Rep. Walt Minnick (D-ID), the National Republican Congressional Committee all but outright lies when it says that Minnick is "part of the problem" with "out of control spending, national energy tax, government takeover of health care." You see, Rep. Minnick, who can lay claim to the title of most conservative Democrat in the House, voted against the Recovery Act (and all other forms of fiscal stimulus), clean energy legislation, and health care reform. Furthermore, holding up the statistic that Minnick votes with Speaker Pelosi 70 percent of the time as evidence that Minnick votes the party line is absurd: Minnick bucks his own party more often then any of the 435 House members, Republicans included. 

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October 28, 2010 5:07 pm ET filed under Ad Check

In Attack On Rep. Kind, NRCC Swings And Misses

The NRCC is out with a new attack ad against Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI), accusing him of becoming a "rubber stamp" for Nancy Pelosi and President Obama. The group goes after Kind for supporting a "cap-and-trade energy tax," the Wall Street "bailout," the "wasteful" stimulus package, and health care reform, but fails to note any specifics about these initiatives — perhaps because they actually benefit voters. For example, clean energy legislation would create millions of American jobs — including 35,000 in Wisconsin — and the Recovery Act provided a vital boost to the economy, helping stave off another Great Depression. Additionally, the Wall Street "bailout" was instrumental in stabilizing the economy, and the Affordable Care Act will provide access to insurance for Americans with pre-existing conditions as well as require insurers to provide free preventive care services, among other things. 

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October 28, 2010 3:31 pm ET filed under Ad Check

The NRCC's Attack On Rep. Chandler Loses Out To The Facts

The National Republican Congressional Committee's attack ad against Rep. Ben Chandler (D-KY) aims to tie the congressman to President Obama and the policies he supports. The NRCC casts the Recovery Act as a "wasteful stimulus" before mentioning Chandler's votes for clean energy legislation and raising the debt ceiling. However, while the NRCC tries to portray these votes in a negative light, each piece of legislation was actually beneficial — the Recovery Act prevented the economy from slipping into a second Great Depression, raising the debt limit prevented the country from effectively entering into default, and clean energy legislation would create jobs and boost the economy at minimal cost to taxpayers.

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October 28, 2010 2:28 pm ET filed under Ad Check

NRCC Attack On Rep. Scott Murphy (D-NY) Doesn't Add Up

The National Republican Congressional Committee's latest calculated attack on Rep. Scott Murphy (D-NY) just doesn't add up. In an ad depicting a clipboard, squeaky markers, and faulty arithmetic, the NRCC attempts to spin Murphy's voting record into a nonsensical math problem. The NRCC claims Murphy supported "higher insurance premiums for hard-hit families," when insurance premiums for most Americans stay the same or decrease under the Affordable Care Act. The ad seeks to divide voters by saying "147 thousand jobs" could be lost on clean energy taxes, when in fact, new energy legislation would multiply job growth, creating 109,000 New York jobs, and nearly two million jobs across the country.

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October 28, 2010 2:03 pm ET filed under Ad Check

New NRCC Ad Attacks Boccieri Over Voting Record

The National Republican Congressional Committee proves to be a "party" pooper in its latest ad attacking Rep. John Boccieri (D-OH). The NRCC attacks Boccieri's support for the Recovery Act, which it bills as "wasteful spending" that "increase[d] the national debt," despite the fact that it created millions of jobs and boosted the economy. Besides, Republican policies are responsible for the vast majority of the exploding debt. The NRCC also criticizes Boccieri over clean energy legislation, which would have created jobs and helped the economy at minimal cost to taxpayers; and over health care reform, which did not actually involve a "government takeover." Furthermore, the ad brazenly misrepresents Ohio's unemployment, which has actually fallen by 7 percent since the Recovery Act took effect.

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October 28, 2010 1:44 pm ET filed under Ad Check

NRCC's New Ad Is "Reckless" With Its Falsehoods

In an ad attacking conservative Democrat Rep. Chris Carney (PA), the National Republican Congressional Committee bashes Carney for voting with Speaker Pelosi "over 90 percent of the time" but never mentions that Carney actually broke with Democrats on major legislation like cap-and-trade. The NRCC is also misguided in criticizing Carney for his vote in favor of the Recovery Act, which boosted the economy and created millions of jobs in America — not in China, as the ad asserts.

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October 28, 2010 12:13 pm ET filed under Ad Check

The NRCC's Lies Are Costing New Mexico's Voters

The NRCC continually blames Democrats for the financial woes facing the country. In its latest ad, the organization asks New Mexico's voters "What has Harry Teague cost us in his two years?" and suggests that his votes are responsible for the trillions in debt racked up under the Bush administration and the job losses in New Mexico that resulted from the recession. However, Teague's vote for what the NRCC calls "wasteful stimulus spending" actually helped stave off another Great Depression. Likewise, the NRCC tries to scare voters about a "cap-and-trade tax," that would cost jobs, but clean energy legislation would actually bring thousands of new jobs to New Mexico.

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October 28, 2010 10:16 am ET filed under Ad Check

NRCC Attacks Rep. Walz With Clean Energy Falsehoods

Clean energy legislation is the focus of the National Republican Congressional Committee's ad attacking Rep. Tim Walz (D-MN). The NRCC accuses Walz and Speaker Nancy Pelosi of "making it worse" for struggling families by supporting cap-and-trade policies that would "hit farmers, small businesses and seniors hard." But clean energy legislation would boost the economy, create jobs, and help farmers, all while costing less than a quarter a day.

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October 27, 2010 8:05 pm ET filed under Ad Check

NRCC Doesn't Leave 'Space' For The Truth

In a new ad, the NRCC uses a quote from 2006 to suggest Rep. Zach Space is out of touch with economic hardships in 2010.  It's an especially dirty trick since unemployment in Ohio was dropping in 2006.   The ad immediately ups the misinformation ante by claiming that the "failed" stimulus "created renewable energy jobs in China."  Not surprisingly, this statement is also a distortion of the facts.  The Recovery Act boosted the economy and created millions of American jobs — not "jobs in China."

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October 27, 2010 6:50 pm ET filed under Ad Check

The NRCC's Lies Still Haven't "Changed"

The NRCC has released a torrent of unoriginal and misleading ads this election cycle, and their latest attack ad against Rep. Ike Skelton (D-MO) is no exception. In addition to recycling long-debunked claims about the "failed stimulus" and "job-killing energy taxes," the NRCC attempts to put blame on Skelton and the Democrats for our nation's debt. In reality though, the Recovery Act provided a vital boost to the economy, and clean energy legislation would create — not kill — millions of American jobs. Furthermore, the exploding debt is a result of ill-conceived Bush-era policies and the recession. 

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October 26, 2010 7:31 pm ET filed under Ad Check

NRCC Targets Heck In Its Ongoing War On The Facts

The National Republican Congressional Committee pulls out all the stops in a newly released ad attacking Washington House candidate Denny Heck (D), hitting three major Democratic initiatives — the Recovery Act, health care reform and clean energy legislation — in under a minute. The NRCC isn't telling voters this, but the Affordable Care Act actually strengthens Medicare without reducing seniors' benefits, and the Recovery Act, rather than exploding the debt — that's a Bush-era legacy — has created millions of jobs and spurred economic growth. Additionally, had clean energy legislation been enacted into law, millions of American jobs would have been created while costing taxpayers only pennies a day. 

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October 26, 2010 6:15 pm ET filed under Ad Check

NRCC's Latest Attack On Rep. Boucher Not Grounded In Reality

In a new ad titled "True Loyalty," the National Republican Congressional Committee takes aim at Rep. Rick Boucher (D-VA) over his support for policies that have allegedly "cost us too much." Despite the NRCC's claims, the Recovery Act was instrumental in stimulating economic growth, and the clean energy bill passed by House Democrats would create millions of American jobs at minimal cost to families. Moreover, the Wall Street "bailout" stabilized the economy and industry, and our current debt problems are legacies of Bush-era policies and the recession. 

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October 26, 2010 6:07 pm ET filed under Ad Check

It's Time To "Put The Brakes" On The NRCC's Baseless Attacks

The NRCC has recycled a stale ad featuring an even staler car analogy to attack Rep. Mark Schauer (D-MI). In the advertisement, the NRCC claims that the Democrats hold "absolute power" and that Schauer has has gone "too far, too fast." The ad criticizes Schauer for voting for "out of control spending," a "national energy tax," and a "government takeover of health care." However, the Recovery Act provided a vital boost to the economy and clean energy legislation would create tens of thousands of jobs in Michigan alone.

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October 26, 2010 3:15 pm ET filed under Ad Check

NRCC Isn't "Fighting For" The Truth

The National Republican Congressional Committee is up to their usual tricks in a new attack ad against Rep. Tom Perriello (D-VA), attempting to malign the congressman by questioning whether he has acted in the best interest of Virginians and plugging misleading claims about the national debt and clean energy legislation. The NRCC's ad criticizes Perriello for voting to raise the national debt limit, but conveniently ignores that a higher debt ceiling was needed to prevent the U.S. from entering into default. The ad follows up this piece of misinformation by claiming that a "national energy tax would eliminate" Virginia jobs, when clean energy legislation would bolster the economy and create millions of jobs across the country — including 45,000 in Virginia. 

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October 26, 2010 11:56 am ET filed under Ad Check

Americans For Prosperity Misleads Virginians On Clean Energy

In an effort to squeeze as many lies about Virginia job loss into 30 seconds as possible, Americans for Prosperity is targeting clean energy legislation in a new ad.  AFP slings mud at Rep. Rick Boucher's (D-VA) energy policies in a vain attempt to scapegoat Boucher for Virginia job loss, which began long before Obama policies went into effect.  Unfortunately for AFP and its coal industry backers, none of these claims stick.  Clean energy legislation creates jobs — up to four times as many jobs as investing in fossil fuels — and would boost the American economy at a minimal cost to families.

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October 25, 2010 5:05 pm ET filed under Ad Check

Despite AFF's Distortions, Rep. Braley Uses Iowa's "One Vote" To Benefit Constituents

American Future Fund distorts Rep. Bruce Braley's (D-IA) voting record, citing votes on the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act, the Affordable Care Act, the Recovery Act, and the American Clean Energy and Security Act. Although the ad suggests that Braley's votes in favor of these programs amounted to giving away Iowa's single congressional vote to "Wall Street executives," "liberals" and "Nancy Pelosi," in reality the programs were essential for stabilizing industry, bolstering the economy against further downturn, and protecting Americans — including seniors — from the abuses of the health insurance industry without weakening Medicare benefits. Had clean energy legislation been enacted into law, it would have created millions of American jobs and boosted the economy at minimal cost to taxpayers.

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October 25, 2010 2:43 pm ET filed under Ad Check

Arizona Can't Afford 60 Plus' Tired Falsehoods

The 60 Plus Association is on the attack again, this time employing more than just their false and misleading claims about the Affordable Care Act. 60 Plus criticizes two of Arizona's Democratic members of Congress — Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and Rep. Raul Grijalva — for their votes on the health care reform law, the Recovery Act, and clean energy legislation. In addition, the organization insinuates that Giffords' and Grijalva's votes for "Pelosi's budget" are responsible for the debt, when in reality it was President Bush's policies that piled on massive amounts of debt.

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October 21, 2010 6:19 pm ET filed under Ad Check

Nothing Has "Changed" For The NRCC — They're Still Ignoring The Facts

In a new, grossly misleading ad, the National Republican Congressional Committee attacks Rep. Rich Boucher (D-VA) for supporting a cap-and-trade policy that "could kill 56,000 Virginia jobs." In reality, clean energy legislation would create, not kill, millions of American jobs — including 45,000 in Virginia — while costing taxpayers only pennies a day. 

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