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With the 2012 presidential election rapidly approaching, the oil lobby is pushing harder than ever to frame the Keystone XL Pipeline (KXL) as a "job creator." However, TransCanada (the Canadian company behind the pipeline), the American Petroleum Institute (API), and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have used massively inflated statistics. In fact, KXL would create few permanent jobs.
November 22, 2011 10:30 am ET filed under Blog
November 16, 2011 2:03 pm ET filed under Ad Check
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is getting an early start on its 2012 attack ads with a spot going after Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) for his votes on domestic energy policy. The ad claims that Brown "had the chance to help cut energy costs" for Ohio families — but that's nothing more than spin. Brown voted to eliminate tax breaks for oil companies and against speeding the permitting process for offshore drilling, but experts explain that even increasing domestic energy production on a far larger scale would have no impact whatsoever on the price of energy.
November 16, 2011 12:50 pm ET filed under Ad Check
One new ad from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce attacks Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) in particularly uncreative fashion. The ad accuses Tester of giving families reason to fear higher energy taxes, basing the claim on two votes from 2007 and 2008 on comprehensive climate change bills. The only vote from this year is Tester's opposition to billions in tax giveaways to oil companies that have made nearly a trillion dollars in profit in the past decade, but which still receive government tax breaks. The ad also trots out the old falsehoods about "Obamacare," including PolitiFact's 2010 "Lie of the Year." The Chamber appears more interested in defeating Senator Tester than in telling Montanans the truth.
October 14, 2011 10:21 am ET filed under Blog
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Last week, Grace-Marie Turner, founder and president of the conservative Galen Institute, penned an op-ed in which she claimed that repealing the health care law would create jobs. She backs this claim up by twisting statistics from anti-health care reform groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Heritage Foundation and the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) to fit her goal of proving that the law is discouraging hiring and increasing job losses. But the fact remains that despite the often repeated claim that "the health law is killing jobs," health care employment has grown over the past year and repealing the law would actually reduce employment.
September 01, 2011 11:12 am ET filed under Blog
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Congressional Republicans continue to insist that any deal to raise the debt ceiling and reduce the federal deficit must not include revenue increases. So steadfast and inflexible is their position that they'd rather see the economy plunge than raise taxes or eliminate subsidies. But behind the Republican Party's uncompromising position lays another reality: A higher interest rate caused by a default would increase the cost of borrowing and acquiring capital. For a small business looking to expand or hire additional workers, such an increase in interest rates has the same impact as a tax increase. But unlike the elimination of specific tax benefits proposed by the Obama administration, the de facto tax increase that would come as a result of default would have an impact directly on the small businesses that Republicans claim to be protecting. And unlike a targeted revenue increase, the higher cost imposed on businesses will not go towards reducing the deficit.
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January 28, 2011 10:53 am ET filed under Fact Check
Yesterday, the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission released its final report on the causes of the financial crisis. The report concluded that recklessness and greed on the part of Wall Street, bad analysis by credit rating agencies, and a failure on the part of government regulators created an otherwise avoidable crisis. Almost immediately, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce attacked the report's conclusion. In a press release, the Chamber slammed the commission's report, writing, "The failure of this commission to do its job is more bad news for workers and businesses who depend on robust, well-regulated, world-leading capital markets to fund growth and job creation." Of course, the commission did exactly what it was tasked to do. The Chamber — which is paid to shill for Wall Street — just doesn't want to accept the facts. Not only do the Chamber's complaints about the Commission hold no water, but time and time again, the Chamber has been at the very center of problems that the commission concluded was responsible for the crisis.
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October 22, 2010 5:02 pm ET filed under Ad Check
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce continues to baselessly malign policies supported by Democrats, this time targeting Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (AZ). The Chamber of Commerce criticizes Giffords for supporting so-called "government-run health care" and "an energy bill that would raise taxes" and kill jobs in Arizona. Neither of the Chamber's assertions about these bills are true — the Affordable Care Act left the private health care system intact, while clean energy legislation would actually create jobs in Arizona and boost the economy.
October 22, 2010 11:31 am ET filed under Ad Check
In a new version of its "Worse" ad, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce takes aim at Reps. Bruce Braley (D-IA) and Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) over their support for health care reform. The Chamber's ads claims that Braley and Grijalva have made problems such as unemployment, spending, and debt worse by supporting "big-government health care." The ads follow up this falsehood by asserting that Braley and Grijalva voted to "gut Medicare," and are therefore hurting families in the states they represent. Contrary to the Chamber's accusations, the Affordable Care Act actually strengthens Medicare without reducing seniors' benefits.
October 21, 2010 6:56 pm ET filed under Ad Check
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's new ad seeks to taint voters' opinions of Illinois Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias (D) by attacking him over his leadership of Illinois' Bright Start program and at Broadway Bank, his family's company. But Giannoulias wasn't responsible for Bright Start's losses: The program was managed by OppenheimerFunds, whose investment went awry, and Giannoulias actually negotiated to recoup a significant amount of investors' money. Furthermore, the ad's claims that Giannoulias was dishonest in telling the public when he left Broadway Bank are unfounded. Giannoulias says he stopped taking clients in 2005, when he began his run for state treasurer, and logged part-time hours to wrap up old duties during 2006.
October 20, 2010 3:16 pm ET filed under Ad Check
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce released a new version of its "Worse" ad to attack Reps. Tom Perriello (D-VA) and Bill Owens (D-NY) and provide viewers with misleading information on Medicare. The Chamber's ad claims that Perriello and Owens have made problems such as unemployment, spending, and debt worse by supporting "big-government health care." The ad further states that Perriello and Owens voted to "gut Medicare," and are therefore hurting the families in their respective states. In reality, the Affordable Care Act strengthens Medicare without reducing seniors' benefits.
October 18, 2010 1:48 pm ET filed under Blog
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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's new attack on Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-CA) makes the absurd accusation that McNerney is "hurting California families" by supporting the health care reform bill. The ad mischaracterizes the Affordable Care Act as "government run health care," and propagates the lie that McNerney "voted to gut Medicare by $500 billion." Despite the Chamber's ridiculous assertions, not only was there no takeover of the private health care system, but the Affordable Care Act will reduce the deficit and strengthen Medicare without cutting anyone's benefits.
October 14, 2010 10:00 am ET filed under Blog