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October 25, 2010 10:03 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - October 24, 2010

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October 25, 2010 10:01 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - October 24, 2010

Sunday's political talk shows featured former RNC chairman Ed Gillespie lying to ABC viewers about voter attitudes toward outside groups like his brainchild, American Crossroads, and then misleading about jobs and the economy. In fact, over 70 percent of respondents in this month's NBC/Wall Street Journal poll are concerned about outside spending making lawmakers "beholden" to outside groups. On Face the Nation, Gillespie's colleague Karl Rove claimed conservatives are only just catching up to liberals in outside spending, when it's been a dead heat for a couple cycles now, and studies show conservative groups are less likely to disclose donors than their liberal counterparts. Meanwhile, on Fox News Sunday, Republican senate candidate Pat Toomey (PA) forgot that American companies pay less tax than our statutory corporate tax rates, and forgot that President Reagan raised taxes 11 times between the famous 1981 tax cut and the rampant economic growth for which Reagan is remembered.

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October 24, 2010 6:37 pm ET filed under Ad Check

American Action Network Ad Blames Rep. Critz For Republicans' Tax Folly

Rep. Mark Critz (D-PA) is subject to the American Action Network's distorting tactics in a new political ad. The ad primarily hits Critz over the impending expiration of the Bush-era tax cuts, suggesting that he will be responsible for raising taxes on small businesses and for failing to extend the child tax credits. In fact, Democrats have pledged to act on the tax cuts when Congress resumes session in November, and it was Republicans who originally wrote the tax hikes into law. Moreover, Democrats' proposals would affect only 3 percent of small businesses and would actually make the child tax credits permanent.

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October 21, 2010 12:47 pm ET filed under Ad Check

Campaign For Working Families Continues To "Stagger" Away From The Truth

In its latest cookie-cutter ad, Campaign for Working Families attacks Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA), who is running for Senate in Pennsylvania, for "record deficits, a failed stimulus, reckless bailouts, the destruction of our health care, and tragic unemployment." Contrary to the ad's claims, had the Democratic policies Sestak supported not been implemented, the economy would have been significantly worse and millions more Americans would have been without jobs and health insurance. What's more, the debt and deficit exploded because of Bush policies and the economic downturn, and those "reckless bailouts" helped stabilize the financial system, saving us from another Great Depression. 

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October 20, 2010 4:11 pm ET filed under Blog

Nearly Half Of Crossroads' 22,000 Ads Target — And Lie About — Health Care Reform

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October 20, 2010 11:21 am ET filed under Ad Check

AAN Misleads Again, This Time About Taxes In Pennsylvania

American Action Network delves into Pennsylvania's 2009-2010 budget in order to attack State Rep. and congressional candidate Bryan Lentz (D-PA). In doing so, the Norm Coleman-founded organization misleads about the nature of tax increases included in the budget, fear-mongering specifically about a "new $300 million tax on health care." In reality, the budget Lentz supported avoided increasing Pennsylvania's income and sales taxes. Meanwhile, that "tax on health care" actually replaces an expiring federal tax, and will bring in matching Medicaid funds from the federal government, effectively returning money to the organizations that are subject to the tax.

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October 20, 2010 10:41 am ET filed under Blog

Republican Candidates Offer Big Talk, Few Ideas On Cutting Government Spending

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October 19, 2010 12:28 pm ET filed under Blog

Sarah Palin Mixes Up Pennsylvania And West Virginia

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October 16, 2010 2:53 pm ET filed under Ad Check

AAN Attacks Health Care Reform With Severe Misinformation

The American Action Network released an ad that tries to discredit the health care reform bill and urges Reps. Herseth Sandlin (D-SD) and Critz (D-PA) to vote for repeal of the bill.  Not only does the ad muddle several facts about the bill, it also misleads voters into believing that the bill includes certain harmful provisions that, in fact, do not exist.  These non-existent provisions include expanding health care reform to undocumented immigrants and billions in cuts to Medicare.  Both of these claims are complete lies.

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October 15, 2010 5:22 pm ET filed under Ad Check

Center For Individual Freedom "Wasting" Airtime On Stale Stimulus Falsehoods

The conservative non-profit Center for Individual Freedom is using some of its undisclosed funding to run TV ads this election season, and like so many other right-wing ads, the CIF relies on a false portrayal of the Recovery Act. In new ads attacking Democratic Reps. Travis Childers (MS), Larry Kissell (NC), Paul Kanjorski (PA), Allen Boyd (FL) and Michael Arcuri (NY), CIF uses the "failed stimulus" argument that appears in so many ads this season. In reality, the Recovery Act was successful at boosting American employment by millions and avoiding another great depression. Blaming the Recovery Act for the debt means ignoring the Bush-era policies that put us in this mess. The Center for Individual Freedom is free to do so, of course — but they shouldn't force their lies on voters.

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October 15, 2010 3:14 pm ET filed under Ad Check

Americans For Tax Reform Can't Help But Distort Clean Energy Legislation

An Americans for Tax Reform ad attacking Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA), who is running for Senate in Pennsylvania, uses voters' worries over the state of the economy to falsely suggest that Sestak has "voted to make it worse" by voting in favor of clean energy legislation. In fact, over time, the American Clean Energy and Security Act would boost GDP and create millions of American jobs at minimal cost to families — meaning that Sestak is looking out for the long-term wellbeing of Pennsylvania families, not trying to hit them with insurmountable fees.

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October 15, 2010 12:46 pm ET filed under Ad Check

The NRCC Doesn't "Disappoint" With New Ad — If You're Looking For Lies And Distortions

Coupling a scolding tone and jarring music in a political ad attacking Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper (D-PA), the NRCC demonstrates yet again that it must resort to gimmicks in lieu of facts to persuade voters. Calling Dahlkemper a "disappointment," and claiming that she "let us down," the NRCC accuses Dahlkemper of contributing to a "trillion dollar deficit" when in fact the deficit exploded because of Republican policies. It goes on to dishonestly say that Dahlkemper voted to "skyrocket the death tax" by 45 percent. But it was Republicans who wrought havoc on the estate tax law; Dahlkemper and other Democrats actually voted to enact a reduction in the 55 percent estate tax rate originally set by Republicans for 2011. 

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October 13, 2010 9:12 am ET filed under Ad Check

Chamber Ad Preys On PA Voters With Misleading Statistics

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's advertisement attacking Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper (D-PA) over Pennsylvania's unemployment numbers is horribly misleading at best, preying on Pennsylvania voters' vulnerability due to a difficult economic climate. No doubt residents of the northwestern Pennsylvania counties like Mercer, Erie and Crawford — which the ad singles out — are feeling the effects of a high unemployment rate and Bush-era Republican policies that exploded the federal deficit. But the ad is wrong in its suggestion that there have been no signs of recovery in those counties. In fact, since the Recovery Act began to take effect, the unemployment rate in all three of those counties has gone down.

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October 12, 2010 11:04 am ET filed under Ad Check

Club For Growth's Attack On Sestak Is "Laughably" Dishonest

Club for Growth has released a new ad in Pennsylvania attacking Rep. Joe Sestak for supporting the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Not only does the group get several facts wrong, it misleads viewers on the goals of the stimulus and fails to point out that without the Recovery Act our economic outlook would be significantly worse. 

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October 12, 2010 9:30 am ET filed under Blog

Vast Majority Of Chamber's 27,000 Ads This Year Focus On Health Care Reform

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October 11, 2010 11:52 am ET filed under Ad Check

Voters "Still Waiting" For Chamber Of Commerce To Make Honest Ads

The Chamber of Commerce's newest attack ad takes Rep. Chris Carney (D-PA) to task for supporting "reckless" policy, and then proceeds to mislead viewers in predictable fashion about what those policies really did. The ad refers to a "reckless Washington takeover of health care" when there is no takeover. The ad decries "Nancy Pelosi's reckless budget" and then insinuates that Democratic spending created high unemployment in Pennsylvania. In fact, Democratic policies like the Recovery Act prevented us from sliding into an outright depression and the deficits that threaten our growth now are legacies of the Bush administration.

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October 07, 2010 3:20 pm ET filed under Ad Check

U.S. Chamber of Commerce's "100 Percent Pelosi" Is 100 Percent Dishonest

In a new attack ad called "100 Percent Pelosi," the U.S. Chamber of Commerce links Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA) to Speaker Pelosi and then mischaracterizes the Affordable Care Act as a "Washington takeover of health care." The ad accuses Sestak of supporting a "wasteful Washington budget worth a trillion dollar deficit," and suggests that Sestak and the Democrats are solely to blame for "nearly 600,000" unemployed Pennsylvanians. Despite the Chamber's assertions, there was no takeover of health care and Bush administration policies and the economic downturn blew up the deficit. In addition, the Recovery Act — which Sestak voted for — saved and created millions of jobs, lowered unemployment, and boosted GDP.  

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September 24, 2010 5:01 pm ET filed under Ad Check

American Crossroads Ignores The Facts In Attack On Sestak

The Karl Rove-associated group American Crossroads has produced a new ad that attacks Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA) for his support of the Affordable Care Act. The ad recycles long-debunked claims about job-killing taxes and Medicare cuts. Despite the Republican talking points, the Affordable Care Act will create jobs, strengthen Medicare without reducing benefits for seniors, improve the economy, and cut the deficit. 

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August 30, 2010 3:38 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Gerlach's Claims About Small Business Aid Don't Match His Record

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August 27, 2010 11:41 am ET filed under Blog

Republican Jewish Coalition Says Supporting Blockade Of Gaza Is A Litmus Test For Congress

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August 25, 2010 2:37 pm ET filed under Ad Check

American Crossroads' Misleading Attack On Rep. Sestak

American Crossroads, a conservative 527 group linked to Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie, has produced a new ad attacking Rep. Joe Sestak for supporting health care reform.  The ad accuses Sestak of voting to gut Medicare and allowing higher insurance premiums.  But none of that is true. Worse, the ad neglects to mention the myriad of benefits of the Affordable Care Act.

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August 24, 2010 10:41 am ET filed under Blog

Santorum: Imam Rauf "Is A Jihadist"

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August 24, 2010 10:37 am ET filed under Video

Santorum: Imam Rauf "Is A Jihadist"

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August 04, 2010 5:40 pm ET filed under Blog

Ad Check: Toomey Falsely Blames Sestak For Deficit Fueled By Policies He Supported

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August 02, 2010 5:23 pm ET filed under Blog

Uni-TEA Rally Neither Diverse Nor Well Attended

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July 15, 2010 11:05 am ET filed under Fact Check

Kobach In Hazleton, PA

In the town of Hazleton, PA, Kobach became involved in a legal case to prevent illegal immigrants from renting homes within the city limits.  After a lawsuit from the ACLU, getting overturned by a federal judge, and a pending appellate decision, the legislation has cost the town of 30,000 nearly $2.4 million.

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July 14, 2010 2:28 pm ET filed under Foreign Policy Matters

Neocons Say Pennsylvania Race Must Be About Israel

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March 25, 2010 5:28 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Shuster Links Health Care Reform To Fidel Castro

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January 26, 2010 6:52 pm ET filed under Blog

GOP Reaction To O'Keefe Arrest: "The Congressman Doesn't Know Him"

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December 15, 2009 3:36 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Shuster Observes That It's Cold In Copenhagen

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