October 13, 2010 9:54 am ET filed under Blog
October 13, 2010 9:12 am ET filed under Ad Check
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.
October 12, 2010 9:30 am ET filed under Blog
October 11, 2010 11:52 am ET filed under Ad Check
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.
October 08, 2010 5:14 pm ET filed under Blog
October 08, 2010 1:54 pm ET filed under Ad Check
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's new ad attacking Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) labels the congressman as "Pelosi's lapdog" and "extreme" to accuse him of ignoring the problems facing Florida. The ad decries Grayson's support for health care reform and a "job-killing energy tax," as well as his involvement in "union giveaways." In reality, the Affordable Care Act will reduce the deficit and strengthen the economy, and the clean energy bill passed by House Democrats would create millions of jobs while costing households only pennies a day. Furthermore, the article cited by the ad to accuse Grayson of "union giveaways" says nothing of the sort; rather, it focuses on a comment Grayson made calling unions the strongest source for "good government" in the United States.
October 08, 2010 10:43 am ET filed under Ad Check
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has taken to the airwaves with cookie-cutter ads attacking Reps. Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Mary Jo Kilroy (D-OH), and John Boccieri (D-OH), as well as Kansas House candidate Stephene Moore, with misleading information on Medicare. The Chamber's ad claims that the Representatives have made (and Moore would make) problems such as unemployment, spending, and debt worse by supporting "big-government health care." The ad follows up this falsehood by claiming that Heinrich, Boccieri, and Kilroy voted to "gut Medicare" and are therefore hurting families in their respective states. Contrary to the Chamber's accusations, the Affordable Care Act actually strengthens Medicare and improves coverage of preventative benefits.
October 07, 2010 6:23 pm ET filed under Ad Check
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has produced a new ad attacking Rep. Suzanne Kosmas (D-FL) for supporting health care reform. The ad displays the text, "government run health care" — a blatant mischaracterization of the Affordable Care Act — and bemoans the bill's "trillion dollar price tag." In reality, there was no government takeover of health care, and the Affordable Care Act will reduce the deficit and strengthen the economy.
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.
October 07, 2010 5:42 pm ET filed under Ad Check
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's new attack on Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) makes the ridiculous accusation that Feingold is "turning a blind eye to the spending he used to fight so hard against." In fact, Feingold voted against TARP, the Iraq War and the Bush tax cuts — the three policies most responsible for the growth of the deficit in recent years — while voting for the Recovery Act spending that saved the economy from a depression. Not content with fiscal dishonesty, the Chamber slips in the old "government takeover of health care" talking point using text on the screen instead of the announcer's voice. It may be subtle, but it's still a blatant lie.
October 07, 2010 4:35 pm ET filed under Ad Check
In a new campaign ad attacking Rep. Harry Teague (D-NM), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce does nothing more than parrot tired Republican talking points on Democrat-sponsored energy policy. The ad claims that Teague supported a "job-killing energy tax" that, if implemented, "would cost thousands of New Mexico jobs." In reality, the clean energy bill passed by House Democrats would create millions of jobs — including 11,000 in New Mexico — while costing households only pennies a day and making America safer by reducing our dependence on foreign oil.
October 07, 2010 3:58 pm ET filed under Ad Check
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's latest attack on Rep. Paul Hodes (D-NH) accuses him of riding Nancy Pelosi's "liberal express" down the road to financial ruin. The Chamber's ad questions Hodes' credentials as a "fiscal conservative" and suggests that "New Hampshire can't afford his big-government scheme." In reality, however, it was President Bush who left Americans with "trillions in debt" while Hodes' vote for the Affordable Care Act was a vote to reduce the deficit, create jobs, and provide thousands of New Hampshire residents with health care coverage. Likewise, Hodes' support of the Recovery Act helped create jobs and curb the rise of unemployment.
October 07, 2010 3:20 pm ET filed under Ad Check
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.
October 06, 2010 7:08 pm ET filed under Blog
October 06, 2010 3:52 pm ET filed under Ad Check
Nearly every word in a new U.S. Chamber of Commerce ad attacking Rep. Betsy Markey (D-CO) manages to introduce a falsehood. In the ad, the Chamber paints health care reform as a job-killing, small-business-crushing "government takeover," even though the Affordable Care Act creates jobs, creates a new tax credit for small businesses, and leaves the private health care system intact. The ad then takes on the Waxman-Markey American Clean Energy and Security Act — which also creates jobs — and falsely claims that it will cost American families $2,000 per year, a wild exaggeration. Finally, contrary to the implications of the ad, the efforts of Markey and other Democrats have helped turn around an economy driven downward by the legacy of Bush-era Republican economic policies.
October 04, 2010 1:38 pm ET filed under Blog
September 30, 2010 11:47 am ET filed under Ad Check
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has released a new attack ad that absurdly blames Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) for blowing up the national debt, causing "record deficits," and raising taxes. In reality, the "record deficits" are largely the result of the Bush-era policies, including tax breaks for the rich that Sen. Boxer opposed, and the Iraq War. Additionally, the Democratic tax plan would extend the tax cuts for approximately 97 percent of Americans, while saving the country $700 billion by ending tax cuts for the rich.
September 23, 2010 3:10 pm ET filed under Blog
September 15, 2010 1:44 pm ET filed under Ad Check
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has released a new ad in Kentucky attacking Jack Conway for supporting health care reform. In addition to mischaracterizing the Affordable Care Act as a "big government takeover of health care," the ad repeats just about every false conservative talking point about health care reform. In reality, the bill will reduce the deficit, create jobs, keep premiums the same or lower for most Americans, and strengthen Medicare without cutting seniors' benefits. This ad needs a check-up.
September 10, 2010 12:28 pm ET filed under Blog
August 30, 2010 6:11 pm ET filed under Ad Check
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has released a new campaign ad attacking Rep. Paul Hodes (D-NH), the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate. The ad claims that Hodes supported "a government takeover of health care" and "a job-killing energy tax," and blames the $13 trillion national debt on Hodes and the Democrats. In reality, the Affordable Care Act is not a "government takeover," the clean energy bill passed by House Democrats would create millions of American jobs, and the national debt has grown because of irresponsible policies from the Bush era.
May 04, 2010 2:09 pm ET filed under Blog
April 16, 2010 5:39 pm ET filed under Blog
April 08, 2010 11:44 am ET filed under Blog
March 19, 2010 12:13 pm ET filed under Fact Check
The health insurance industry-funded Chamber of Commerce has released a new factually inaccurate ad about health care reform. As the vote to provide millions of Americans with health care coverage they can afford draws nearer, these desperate lies are not at all surprising.
March 11, 2010 4:01 pm ET filed under Blog
Media Matters Action Network, SEIU, and Progressive Media worked together to further expose how the insurance industry has teamed up with the Chamber of Commerce to try and block health care reform.
March 09, 2010 3:33 pm ET filed under Fact Check
The Chamber of Commerce's health care group, Employers for a Healthy Economy, has created a new anti-health care reform ad. Titled "Afford," the Chamber of Commerce clearly didn't pony up the dough for any actual facts in the short spot.
March 09, 2010 2:32 pm ET filed under Fact Check
On March 9, 2010, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce published a blog post falsely claiming the Democratic plan for reforming health care would increase premiums, increase the deficit, and kill jobs. In reality, the plan would reduce the deficit, lower premiums, and create up to 4 million American jobs.
February 16, 2010 3:27 pm ET filed under Blog
January 25, 2010 2:09 pm ET filed under Blog