January 11, 2011 3:20 pm ET filed under Blog
November 01, 2010 1:43 pm ET filed under Ad Check
Dick Morris' Super PAC for America is on the air promoting falsehoods about policies supported by Democratic members of Congress in seven districts across the country. The ads bill themselves as "voter guides" purporting to give voters the "facts" about candidates, when in fact they deride legislation like the "healthcare takeover" and the Recovery Act, while flat-out lying about a "$500 billion Medicare cut" — the Affordable Care Act actually strengthened the program. For the two representatives targeted by Super PAC who didn't vote for health care reform, the ad highlights their refusal to advocate for repeal of the law, without mentioning that repeal would cost millions of Americans their coverage and add billions to the deficit.
October 25, 2010 12:08 pm ET filed under Ad Check
Americans for Job Security's attacks on West Virginia governor Joe Manchin, who is running for Senate, are, without exception, ludicrous. Each attack is based on the premise that Manchin's support for the Recovery Act amounted to authorization of wasteful spending on "turtle tunnels," "ant research," "cocaine for monkeys," "studying the atmosphere of Neptune," "hunting for dinosaur eggs," and an "accordion festival." Yet Governor Manchin had no opportunity to vote on the Recovery Act (which also helped keep Americans out of an economic depression). Furthermore, many of the projects named benefit people — not just animals — and most were not directly included in the Recovery Act but rather were grants distributed by organizations like the National Science Foundation.
October 22, 2010 6:30 pm ET filed under Ad Check
In its newest ad, Americans for Job Security's only line of attack against Governor Joe Manchin (D-WV) is to try to link him to outlandish-sounding projects via his support for the Recovery Act — despite the fact that, as governor, Manchin did not have the opportunity to vote on the Recovery Act. The ad suggests that recovery spending went to useless projects that benefit turtles, study ants, and subject monkeys to cocaine. In fact, all three projects the ad mentions helped improve employment, safety and health for people — not just animals. Furthermore, the Recovery Act as a whole created jobs and bolstered the economy against further downturn.
October 19, 2010 4:02 pm ET filed under Ad Check
In a new ad attacking House hopeful Mike Oliverio (D-WV), Norm Coleman's American Action Network trades the truth for "truthiness." Not content to repeat the "$500 billion in Medicare cuts" lie, AAN pretends Oliverio is a Pelosi loyalist when in fact Oliverio said in April that he didn't particularly want to vote for Nancy Pelosi as House Speaker. Yet AAN's ad warps a Politico article to suggest Oliverio would follow Pelosi's orders. AAN is correct that Oliverio voted to raise legislators' pay in 2008, but they don't tell you that West Virginia's lawmakers hadn't had a raise since 1994, and after the raise in question they were only making $20,000 a year.
October 19, 2010 12:28 pm ET filed under Blog
October 15, 2010 11:45 am ET filed under Ad Check
Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) has latched on to Stephen Colbert's congressional testimony with great zeal, launching a series of ads attempting to draw into question the seriousness and competence of various House Democrats by linking them to the comedian. Without fail, however, the Democrats ATR has chosen to attack are not on the committee that asked Colbert to testify and therefore have nothing whatsoever to do with his appearance before Congress. In addition, the ads accuse the Democrats of "helping Nancy Pelosi set the stage for one of the biggest tax increases in history." In reality, leading Democrats have proposed to extend tax increases to 97 percent of Americans when Congress resumes session in November.
October 11, 2010 2:55 pm ET filed under Blog
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June 04, 2009 1:04 pm ET filed under Fact Check
On June 4, 2009, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) called in to a West Virginia radio show to discuss the cap-and-trade bill making its way through the House. During the interview, Rep. Cantor falsely claimed that cap-and-trade is a job-killer that could cost families "as much as $3,000 per year."