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 28, 2010 5:26 pm ET filed under Ad Check
The NRCC continues to attack members of Congress for their association with policies supported by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, no matter how much those policies benefit Americans. In the group's ad against Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D-ND), the NRCC once again reverses the facts, claiming that legislation such as the Recovery Act and the Affordable Care Act benefitted Nancy Pelosi more than the people of North Dakota, when in fact, the Recovery Act boosted the economy and the Affordable Care Act improved health care coverage for North Dakotans. Similarly, the NRCC seems to forget that the Bush administration is largely responsible for the explosion of debt as well as the "bailout" of Wall Street.
October 07, 2010 6:10 pm ET filed under Ad Check
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has produced multiple versions of a new ad attacking Reps. Earl Pomeroy (D-ND) and Leonard Boswell (D-IA) by claiming health care reform hurts the economy. The legislation actually helps the economy and reduces the national deficit, but that's not the worst of it. The ad propagates the old, tired lies that health care reform will "gut Medicare by $500 billion" and cause benefit reductions for seniors. In fact, the 7,000 North Dakota seniors and 60,000 Iowa seniors the Chamber is trying to scare aren't going to see their benefits cut. The Affordable Care Act will strengthen Medicare for seniors, not cut it, and provide them with additional benefits.
December 02, 2009 12:15 pm ET filed under Blog
November 12, 2009 2:20 pm ET filed under Fact Check
In a series of three very similar ads, the right-wing group 60 Plus has attacked the pro-reform votes of Congressmen Snyder (D-AR), Hill (D-IN), and Pomeroy (D-ND). Just like their other ads, however, this series is full of misleading information and scare tactics.