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Fact Checkers: Senate Majority PAC Continues To Have Trouble With The Truth

- May 14, 2014

In April, The Washington Post's The Fact Checker Described The Senate Majority PAC's Fact Check Record As "Pretty Dreadful," Doing "Little For The Organization's Credibility. "This is the third time in a month that the Fact Checker has given Four Pinocchios to an ad sponsored by Senate Majority PAC. That's a pretty dreadful track record, and does little for the organization's credibility more than six months before the midterm elections." (Glenn Kessler, "Senate Majority PAC's Nonsensical Attack Ad In Louisiana," The Washington Post's The Fact Checker , 4/8/14)

 

The Washington Post's The Fact Checker On Senate Majority PAC's False Ad Attacking GOP North Carolina Senate Candidate Thom Tillis: "Senate Majority PAC Should Have Checked The Facts Before Rushing On The Air With This Ad." "On its face, it is pretty absurd to think that a tax reform bill that cut rates and eliminated tax loopholes ended up raising taxes on 80 percent of the people in the state. Broadly speaking, the wealthy do appear to gain more from the 2013 tax overhaul, but they also pay the lion's share of income taxes. And 39 percent of the people appear to face a tax increase, including some of the wealthiest people in the state-not 80 percent, all at the bottom. Our old adage applies: If a factoid sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Senate Majority PAC should have checked the facts before rushing on the air with this ad." (Glenn Kessler, "Senate Majority PAC's Faulty Tax Math In The N.C. Senate Race," The Washington Post's The Fact Checker , 5/14/14)

The Washington Post's The Fact Checker Awarded Four Pinocchios To The Senate Majority PAC's Ad Regarding Their False Flood Insurance Ad In Louisiana, Calling It "Highly Misleading." "Television stations in Louisiana should be ashamed of falling for such an obvious gambit. Individual lines may be true, but the net effect is highly misleading. Surely, the standards for political advertising in Louisiana need to be higher if residents are going to have a civil political debate. (Glenn Kessler, "Senate Majority PAC's Nonsensical Attack Ad In Louisiana," The Washington Post's The Fact Checker , 4/8/14)

The Washington Post's The Fact Checker Awarded Four Pinocchios To A Senate Majority PAC Ad Attacking Rep. Tom Cotton (R-AR), Saying "None Of The Allegations Made About Cotton Or His Policies Are Factually Correct." "None of the allegations made about Cotton or his policies are factually correct. In straining to somehow tie Cotton to insurance companies, Senate Majority PAC has managed to turn a job that Democrats might celebrate (developing a better functioning government program!) into a negative. The Medicare claims are so stale-and so repeatedly discredited-we can assume that polling indicates that the language is effective in moving voters, despite its falsity." (Glenn Kessler, "A Democratic Attack Ad Tries To Connect The Dots, And Earns 4 Pinocchios," The Washington Post's The Fact Checker , 4/1/14)

The Washington Post's The Fact Checker Gave The Senate Majority PAC's Ad Regarding Koch Ad In Louisiana Four Pinnochios, Noting That "This Claim Crumbles To Dust." "Upon examination, this claim crumbles into dust. The ad not only mischaracterizes an ordinary tax deduction as a special 'tax cut' but then it falsely asserts that 'protecting' this tax break is part of the Koch agenda. It turns out this claim is based on a tenuous link to an organization that never even took a position on the legislation in question. We often have been critical of AFP ads, and we realize Democrats want to fight back against an onslaught of attacks. But if you want to join a gun fight, don't fire blanks." (Glenn Kessler, "Democrats Claim The Koch Brothers Want To 'Protect Tax Cuts For Companies That Ship Our Jobs Overseas,'" The Washington Post's The Fact Checker , 3/14/14)

PoltiFact Rated The Senate Majority PAC's Ad Claiming That "Koch Brothers Support Tax Breaks For Outsourcing Jobs" As "False." "Senate Majority PAC claimed the Koch brothers sought to 'protect tax cuts for companies that ship our jobs overseas.' The ad is misleading in two ways. For starters, there are no carved-out tax cuts for companies that outsource work. There is a standard deduction companies can utilize when they move, but it can be used at home and abroad. Secondly, the organization pinned the Koch brothers' opposition to a statement from Americans for Tax Reform, a conservative group that has received only limited funding from the Koch network and never took an official position on the legislation. Americans for Prosperity, a group closer to the Koch brothers, also took no position. A note to ad makers: Supporting negative claims with flimsy evidence won't win you points on the Truth-O-Meter. We rate the statement False." (Steve Contorno, "Senate Dem Group Claims Koch Brothers Support Tax For Outsourcing Jobs," PolitiFact , 4/11/14)

PolitFact Gave Senate Majority PAC's Ad In Arkansas A "False" Rating. "The Senate Majority PAC ad claimed, 'Before Congress, Cotton got paid handsomely working for insurance companies and corporate interests.' Cotton's never worked for an insurance company, nor has he served as a consultant for one. We rate the statement False." (Julie Kliegman, "Democratic PAC Says Tom Cotton 'Got Paid Handsomely Working For Insurance Companies," PolitiFact , 4/9/14)

PolitFact Gave Senate Majority PAC's Ad In Louisiana A "Mostly False" Rating. "The Senate Majority PAC ad said the Koch brothers 'funded the fight to let flood insurance premiums soar … Now they're spending millions to buy a Senate seat for Bill Cassidy so he can fight for them.' Two major Koch-funded groups opposed the legislative rewrite of the flood-insurance law, and AFP has been airing a lot of ads attacking Cassidy's opponent. But the ad's message is significantly undermined by its suggestion that Cassidy is a puppet of the Kochs, particularly on flood insurance. The reality is that Cassidy sided with constituents and against the AFP position on flood insurance as recently as last month. … We rate it Mostly False." (Louis Jacobson, "Democratic Group Assails Koch Brothers' Role In Louisiana Senate Race," PolitiFact , 4/8/14)

PolitiFact Rated The Senate Majority PAC's Ad In New Hampshire "Mostly False." "Brown might have "delivered" for Wall Street by opposing a specific $19 billion tax proposal that would have been part of Dodd-Frank, but his support for the law -- which proved pivotal for its passage, and which drew Brown significant flak from the financial-services industry -- still helped bring about billions worth of new taxes and fees on the financial sector, not to mention additional regulation. The claim has an element of truth, but ignores important details that would give a different impression. So we rate it Mostly False." (Jim Haddadin, "Pro-Democratic PAC Says Scott Brown 'Delivered For Wall Street, Saving Big Banks $19 Billion In Taxes,'" PolitiFact , 2/11/14)


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