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October 29, 2010 6:21 pm ET filed under Ad Check
The Rove-associated Crossroads GPS and its anonymous funders are at it again with an attack ad that misleads voters and disparages Democratic-supported economic policies. This time, however, GPS targets not one, but eight Congressmen — Reps. Jim Oberstar (MN), Russ Carnahan (MO), Joe Donnelly (IN), Earl Pomeroy (ND), Lincoln Davis (TN), John Boccieri (OH), Ciro Rodriguez (TX), and Jim Costa (CA) — associating them with Nancy Pelosi and her "failed agenda." The ad specifically targets these members' support of the Recovery Act, repeating the oft-cited claim that the bill was "wasteful" and also suggesting that it included "sweetheart deals" for special interests. In fact, the Recovery Act created millions of jobs and staved off higher unemployment, while also providing billions of dollars worth of tax cuts and limiting bonuses for executives of companies receiving TARP money — so much for those "handouts to special interests."
October 27, 2010 6:50 pm ET filed under Ad Check
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.
October 25, 2010 2:48 pm ET filed under Ad Check
American Crossroads frequently attacks the Recovery Act and a variety of projects funded by the legislation. In its latest attack on Missouri Senate candidate Robin Carnahan, before criticizing the "failed stimulus" as a whole, Crossroads goes after a grant received by Carnahan's brother, claiming that "his family name helped" him obtain funding for his company. In reality though, the grant that Carnahan's brother's company received was from a non-competitive program that has provided payments to over 1,300 alternative energy companies in lieu of tax credits — tax credits that Carnahan's opponent, Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO) has supported numerous times in Congress.
October 21, 2010 10:37 am ET filed under Ad Check
In a new version of its "Staggering" ad, Campaign for Working Families goes after Reps. Glenn Nye (D-VA), Ike Skelton (D-MO) and Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) for the alleged damage caused by the Democratic policies they supported. The ad makes the absurd suggestion that Nye, Skelton, Giffords and the Democrats are wholly responsible for "record deficits, a failed stimulus, reckless bailouts, the destruction of our health care, and tragic unemployment." In reality, however, had these policies not been implemented, the state of the economy would have been much worse and millions more Americans would have remained unemployed and without health insurance. Furthermore, the debt and deficit skyrocketed because of Bush policies and the economic downturn, and those "reckless bailouts" actually helped us avoid another Great Depression.
October 20, 2010 4:11 pm ET filed under Blog
October 15, 2010 11:04 am ET filed under Ad Check
American Crossroads has released a new ad that relies solely on clean energy falsehoods to impugn Senate candidate Robin Carnahan (D-MO). The Karl Rove-associated group laments "vast new energy taxes" that will cost Missouri families thousands of dollars in taxes and cause a significant number of job losses. In reality, clean energy legislation will strengthen the economy and create millions of jobs across the country while costing American families only pennies a day.
October 12, 2010 9:30 am ET filed under Blog
September 22, 2010 4:08 pm ET filed under Fact Check
Sen. Kit Bond (R-MO) took to the Senate floor this morning to criticize "job-killing tax increases," attack the stimulus and health care bills, and make misleading claims about the impact of the Bush tax cuts. Bond falsely claimed that Democrats were trying to institute the "largest tax increase in history" and would "raise taxes on seniors," "small businesses," and "our family farmers." In reality, Bond's claims are wildly exaggerated. President Obama and congressional Democrats have proposed extending the Bush tax cuts to 97% of Americans -- the vast majority of farmers, seniors, and small business owners.
September 17, 2010 12:33 pm ET filed under Ad Check
The Karl Rove-associated group American Crossroads GPS is out with yet another attack ad aimed at Senate candidate Robin Carnahan (D-MO) over her support for the Recovery Act and the Affordable Care Act. Suggesting that Obama, Pelosi and Reid need Carnahan's vote in order to wreak additional havoc, the ad claims that health care reform cuts Medicare and raises premiums, and that the stimulus package failed. In reality, the health care bill strengthens Medicare without cutting seniors' benefits and premiums will go down or stay the same for the majority of Americans. Additionally, the Recovery Act created jobs, lowered unemployment and boosted the GDP.
September 02, 2010 7:08 pm ET filed under Ad Check
American Crossroads GPS, the "shadow RNC" 527 group tied to Karl Rove, has produced a second attack ad against Robin Carnahan that recycles familiar lies about the Affordable Care Act. This time, the lies are cleverly couched in soft-focus images of a baby and a woman's voice warns that the baby might not have health care because of "the Obamacare law that could raise our health insurance premiums and cuts billions from Medicare." Cute babies don't change the facts, though. The Affordable Care Act will lower premiums for most people, and far from cutting Medicare, it strengthens the program — all while lowering the federal debt by hundreds of billions of dollars.
August 25, 2010 4:56 pm ET filed under Ad Check
American Crossroads, a conservative 527 group linked to Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie, has produced a new ad attacking Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan for supporting the Affordable Care Act and for not supporting a lawsuit the state's Lt. Governor has brought forth aimed at stopping the implementation of reform. The ad accuses Carnahan going against the wishes of "71% of Missouri voters" who opposed the individual mandate. But the figure is highly misleading — only 23% of voters participated in the primaries and Republicans outnumbered Democrats two to one — and takes away from the larger issue: the mandate is both constitutional and vital to reform.
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July 15, 2010 10:48 am ET filed under Fact Check
Like his work in other cities across the country, Kris Kobach injected himself into the immigration debate of the small town of Valley Park, MO. After his legislation was written, challenged, and appealed, Kobach left the town of 6,300 with a legal bill of $270,000.
May 13, 2010 1:39 pm ET filed under Fact Check
Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) took to the House floor on Wednesday night to argue that the Democratic Party and President Obama are turning the current recession into another Great Depression. Akin claimed that the Recovery Act has failed, that any and all good news about the economy is part of a bubble created by the Federal Reserve and that Democratic legislation to address climate change will tax anyone who touches a light switch. The facts show that the Missouri Republican is wrong on all three counts.
April 15, 2010 5:58 pm ET filed under Blog
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March 10, 2010 6:12 pm ET filed under Fact Check
During a March 10, 2010 appearance on CNN's Rick's List, Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO) painted a deceptively rosy picture of the Republicans' health care alternative. Despite Blunt's claims, the Republican plan leaves 52 million Americans without health coverage, allows insurers to deny coverage for preexisting conditions, and does less than the Democratic bill to reduce the federal budget deficit.
February 25, 2010 12:05 pm ET filed under Video
February 23, 2010 12:18 pm ET filed under Fact Check
The "Energy Independence" section of Rep. Roy Blunt's Senate campaign website, RoyBlunt.com, makes a slew of false claims about clean energy legislation. Contrary to Blunt's claims, investing in clean energy would boost America's economy by $111 billion and create up to 1.9 million jobs.