We checked 26 new attack ads in the last week, including a trio that appeared late last Friday afternoon. The heavy volume makes sense given that the campaign is entering the home stretch, and it was powered by 15 new U.S. Chamber of Commerce ads, all of them in House races. Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS (3 ads) and American Crossroads (2) combined to come in a distant second, and the remaining six came from the arch-conservative Club for Growth, the anti-immigration obsessives at NumbersUSA, the Iowa-based American Future Fund, Restore Our Future, and the abortion-focused Susan B. Anthony List’s new “Women Speak Out PAC.”Read more after the jump.
From Rep. Paul Broun’s (R-GA) remarks at the Liberty Baptist Church Sportsman’s Banquet on September 27, 2012, in Hartwell, Georgia:
BROUN: God’s word is true. I’ve come to understand that. All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and the Big Bang Theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of Hell. And it’s lies to try to keep me and all the folks who were taught that from understanding that they need a savior. You see, there are a lot of scientific data that I’ve found out as a scientist that actually show that this is really a young Earth. I don’t believe that the Earth’s but about 9,000 years old. I believe it was created in six days as we know them. That’s what the Bible says.
And what I’ve come to learn is that it’s the manufacturer’s handbook, is what I call it. It teaches us how to run our lives individually, how to run our families, how to run our churches. But it teaches us how to run all of public policy and everything in society. And that’s the reason as your congressman I hold the Holy Bible as being the major directions to me of how I vote in Washington, D.C., and I’ll continue to do that.
The American Unity PAC attacks Democratic congressional candidate Raul Ruiz (CA) for supporting the Affordable Care Act in an ad that claims the legislation raises taxes on “millions of middle- and lower-income families” by forcing them to buy health insurance. In reality, the health care law provides more tax relief than tax burden for the middle class, and lower- and middle-income families are eligible for tax credits that will help them afford premium payments. The ad also claims the ACA cuts $700 billion from Medicare and will kill jobs, both conservative attack lines that have been debunked.Read more after the jump.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce uses vague buzzwords about regulations and health care to suggest Rep. Dan Maffei (D-NY) doesn’t “understand how tough it’s been for New York small businesses.” Dig into the ad’s fine print, though, and you’ll see the Chamber is talking about Wall Street regulations written to forestall another catastrophic collapse like the one that closed out the Bush years. The ads’ claims about taxes in the Affordable Care Act are similarly misleading.Read more after the jump.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce attacks Rep. Kathy Hochul (D-NY) for voting for the Affordable Care Act, claiming that the legislation raises taxes on small business and impose a $1,200 per year tax on “millions of middle class families.” In reality, millions of small businesses are eligible for tax credits under the health care law, and the ACA reduces the overall burden on the middle class.Read more after the jump.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce attacks Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) over her vote for the Affordable Care Act and against a bill to extend the Bush tax cuts for top earners. What the ad doesn’t mention is that the health care law, which doesn’t raise taxes on most Americans, makes tax credits available to millions of small businesses. Meanwhile, although Slaughter opposed tax giveaways for the top 2 percent of earners, she has since supported extending the Bush tax cuts for the middle class.Read more after the jump.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a conservative group that received millions of dollars from insurance companies to fight health care reform, has released an ad attacking New York House candidate Sean Maloney for supporting the Affordable Care Act. However, despite the ad’s claims about “more spending and higher taxes,” millions of families and small businesses across the country are now eligible for tax credits because of the health care law. In addition, the ACA reduces the deficit.Read more after the jump.
American Future Fund suggests President Obama has been negligent on his national security duties, claiming he “skips 50 percent of his national security briefings” and insinuating that he blew off a meeting with the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he was in New York for the U.N. General Assembly meeting. In reality, President Obama reads his security briefing each day and is regularly updated by intelligence personnel, and while there was never any in-person meeting scheduled with Netanyahu, they did speak on the phone.Read more after the jump.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s attack on Rep. Bill Owens for supporting the Affordable Care Act is premised on misrepresentations of the law’s tax, spending, and Medicare provisions. In reality, the law expands services for seniors and provides tax credits to small businesses.Read more after the jump.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce attacks Rep. Tim Bishop (D-NY) for voting for the Affordable Care Act and cap-and-trade legislation, misrepresenting the bills’ impact on small businesses and families. In fact, millions of small businesses are eligible for tax credits under the health care law, while clean energy legislation would have boosted the economy at minimal cost to households.Read more after the jump.