February 16, 2011 6:21 pm ET filed under Blog
April 19, 2010 2:12 pm ET filed under Fact Check
During the Tax Day protests in Washington, Dick Armey's FreedomWorks passed out misleading fliers lying to Tea Partiers about clean energy legislation. Despite FreedomWorks' false claims, investing in clean energy would boost America's economy by $111 billion and create up to 1.9 million jobs.
February 18, 2010 10:23 am ET filed under Fact Check
On February 17, 2010, former House Majority Leader Dick Armey's FreedomWorks falsely claimed clean energy legislation would "stifle economic growth and worsen unemployment levels." In reality, investing in clean energy would boost America's economy by $111 billion and create up to 1.9 million jobs.
January 06, 2010 4:35 pm ET filed under Fact Check
On December 6, 2010, FreedomWorks announced a new radio ad campaign in Arizona. Unsurprisingly, the conservative organization relies on worn out, disproven talking points to criticize clean energy legislation making its way through Congress.
December 11, 2009 1:02 pm ET filed under Blog
December 08, 2009 11:33 am ET filed under Fact Check
Over the past decade, oil giant Exxon Mobil has paid millions to organizations and "think tanks" in an attempt to deceive the public about the science behind global climate change. It's no surprise that those very same organizations are now doing everything in their power to please their benefactor by drawing attention to the so-called "Climategate" scandal involving hacked emails from the University of East Anglia in England.
December 07, 2009 12:07 pm ET filed under Fact Check
Over the past decade, oil giant Exxon Mobil has paid millions to organizations and "think tanks" in an attempt to deceive the public about the science behind global climate change. Below is a compilation of Exxon Mobil funding accepted by the nation's leading climate change skeptics.
November 06, 2009 12:02 pm ET filed under Fact Check
On November 5, 2009, FreedomWorks published a blog post claiming the "House Call" promoted by Rep. Michele Bachmann attracted "25-30 thousand" health care protesters. However, Capitol Police estimated the crowd to number around 4,000.
November 04, 2009 3:39 pm ET filed under Blog
Who is the real Dick Armey? A self-proclaimed "big shot" who refuses to order off the menu at restaurants and believes the real health crisis is that too many people have health insurance.
October 20, 2009 12:26 pm ET filed under Fact Check
Amid the litany of standard conservative accusations and made up words (like "Obamalosireidcus"), FreedomWorks blogger "Rossputin" attacks progressive health care reform. No matter how many weak arguments and analogies are made, FreedomWorks still can't stand up to the facts.
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.
August 27, 2009 2:25 pm ET filed under Blog
During an audio interview with The Economist, FreedomWorks chairman Dick Armey seemingly endorsed the idea of a public option.
August 27, 2009 10:59 am ET filed under Blog
Orly Taitz teams up with FreedomWorks Chairman Dick Armey to promote the "9.12 March on Washington."
August 14, 2009 3:19 pm ET filed under Blog
Yesterday, it was revealed that the American Petroleum Institute asked oil companies to dispatch employees to "Energy Citizen" rallies to protest the American Clean Energy and Security Act. The very next day, the astroturfing experts at FreedomWorks issued a press release promoting the very same events. They're not even trying to hide it anymore.
August 14, 2009 10:06 am ET filed under Fact Check
During an August 13, 2009 appearance on PBS's NewsHour, FreedomWorks chairman Dick Armey falsely claimed the Congressional Budget Office said health insurance reform would result in 100 million losing their employer-provided coverage. In reality, Armey's figures originated from the flawed interpretation of analysis by the insurance company-owned Lewin Group.
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 06, 2009 10:20 am ET filed under Fact Check
On August 5, 2009, FreedomWorks released an "August Recess Action Kit" directing supporters to attend town hall meetings and express opposition to health insurance reform and cap-and-trade. Unsurprisingly, FreedomWorks relies on worn-out conservative talking points lacking basis in truth.
August 06, 2009 10:19 am ET filed under Fact Check
On August 5, 2009, FreedomWorks released an action kit for its astroturfing work during the August recess. This packet contains misinformation not only on health insurance reform but also cap-and-trade. Clearly lacking facts that support their claims, FreedomWorks is resorting to fear mongering to activate their members.
August 05, 2009 10:34 am ET filed under Fact Check
FreedomWorks board member Richard J. Stephenson has spent much of his career in the health care industry. Not only is he the founder of the Cancer Centers of America but he was also the president of International Capital & Management Co., an organization specializing in making hospitals more efficient and cost-effective.
July 15, 2009 12:18 pm ET filed under Blog
FreedomWorks has published "Issue Analysis Number 126," titled "The Sources of Insurance: Private, Public, the Uninsured, and Reforms for the Future." The nine page document allegedly examines the state of health insurance in the United States and "finds" that the uninsured population in America is much less than the figure used by other reputable sources (like the Census Bureau).
July 14, 2009 4:40 pm ET filed under Blog
On July 8, 2009, FreedomWorks released a new "Issue Analysis" that takes aim at efforts to provide affordable health care coverage for all Americans. However, the authors of the report routinely cite the wrong data and use that data incorrectly to support their thesis, thus invalidating the thesis altogether.
July 07, 2009 10:53 am ET filed under Blog
In Conservatives for Patients Rights' July 2, 2009 "Daily Dose" email, CPR highlighted a FreedomWorks "interactive map that lists anti-government-run health care events and protests throughout the country that will be taking place during the month of July." Campaign for America's Future also released an interactive map highlighting the high costs of health care and health insurance across the country. When viewed together the maps clearly show that while Americans are enduring a growing health care crisis, FreedomWorks continues to host protests against the very legislation that could ease hardship across the country.
July 07, 2009 9:53 am ET filed under Blog
On July 4, 2009, FreedomWorks published a blog post attacking lobbyists, among other things, as "the antithesis of this nation's founding." FreedomWorks, of course, is chaired by Dick Armey... a lobbyist.
June 19, 2009 6:12 pm ET filed under Fact Check
On June 19, 2009, Joseph Onorati wrote a blog post on the FreedomWorks site titled "Obamacare Translator: Comparative Effectiveness Research." Mr. Onorati, however, is unaware of how unprofitable it would be for private firms to conduct comparative effectiveness research.
June 16, 2009 11:46 am ET filed under Fact Check
On June 16, 2009, FreedomWorks issued a press release in which it decried IMF funding. However, less than a week prior, the Secretaries of Defense and State wrote a letter to Congress in which they insisted IMF funding reduced the threat of terrorism.
May 28, 2009 6:27 pm ET filed under Fact Check
On May 28, 2009, FreedomWorks issued a press release in which it nearly quoted Frank Luntz's infamous health care memo word-for-word.
May 05, 2009 6:06 pm ET filed under Fact Check
In a blog post on May 5, 2009, FreedomWorks took a firm stand against "universal pre-k." They ignore the well-established fact that "by attending high quality universal preschool, students increase their chances of succeeding for the remainder of their academic career--which, in turn, translates into better career opportunities and higher living standards as they age."
May 01, 2009 4:13 pm ET filed under Fact Check
Earlier this week, FreedomWorks president Matt Kibbe told a tale of tea party triumph in an article for the libertarian magazine Reason. According to Kibbe, the protests - which drew a meager 700,000 people nationwide by his own count - are a reason to "take pity on the left as it grapples with the tea party revolt." But no matter how badly Kibbe wants to believe the American people are on his side, his "facts" just aren't right.
April 16, 2009 3:22 pm ET filed under Fact Check
On April 16th, 2009, FreedomWorks announced it would host a "March on Washington" Tea Party in September of 2009. Rather than relying on a passionate citizenry to organize the protest, the September Tea Party is organized and funded by large corporations opposed to President Obama's brand of change. FreedomWorks Chairman Dick Armey's lobbying firm, DLA Piper, represents a host of clients intent on maintaining the Bush-era status quo.