New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was wrong when he claimed in a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference that no “pro-life Democrat” has ever been allowed to speak at a Democratic National Convention.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wrongly blamed the conservative group Americans for Prosperity for promoting a “false” story of a woman whose insurance premiums went up $700 per month. AFP didn’t feature that woman’s story in any of its ads.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel blames Congress — and absolves President Obama — for the automatic budget cuts known as the sequester. But Obama supported and signed the bill that stipulated that the cuts to defense and discretionary domestic spending would occur if members of Congress did not come up with an alternative plan to reduce spending.
A new radio ad from Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett boasts that he “created 150,000 new private sector jobs,” a feat called “remarkable” in a Web ad on his campaign website. Not really.
Pennsylvania ranks 46th out of 50 states in the rate of private sector job growth during the three years Corbett has been in office. In fact, the growth rate is less than half the national average.
Who’s trying to influence your vote?
Here are some of the groups we profile on our 2014 Players Guide page — all new to our site since we launched the project on Feb. 7:
Rep. Chris Van Hollen claims the Affordable Care Act “has resulted in significantly reducing the per capita cost of health care.” To be clear, the per capita cost of health care is rising. Van Hollen’s office says he meant that the ACA has significantly reduced the growth in health care costs.
We explain the difference here: “ACA Impact on Per Capita Cost of Health Care.”
A super PAC supporting Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran is trying to turn the tables on his tea-party-backed challenger in the GOP primary, accusing state Sen. Chris McDaniel of being (of all things) soft on public debt. But to do that, the PAC’s TV ad is twisting the facts.
The full analysis is available here: “Distortions in Mississippi GOP Primary.”
A TV ad from the conservative Americans for Prosperity recycles an old — and inaccurate — clip of Florida Rep. Steve Southerland blaming the Affordable Care Act for a “$1,200 increase” in health care premiums for the average American family.
That was wrong when Southerland said it in July 2012. And it remains so now.
Who are the people and groups that seek to influence your vote in the 2014 federal elections? Visit our new “2014 Players Guide” page to find out. There you will find profiles of political action committees (PACs), super PACs, 501(c)4s and other groups that have been active or are expected to be active in raising and spending money on TV ads in 2014.
Today we published 10 profiles. But that’s just the start. We plan to write and publish at least two dozen more over the next few weeks. So bookmark the page and visit us again.
Here are the groups that we profiled so far:
Senate Majority PAC — A Democratic super PAC created to “protect and expand the Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate.”
FreedomWorks for America — A conservative super PAC that helped foster the tea party movement.
Club for Growth Action — The super PAC of the conservative Club for Growth, which advocates for limited government.
Americans for Prosperity — A major force behind the tea party movement, this conservative/libertarian group was founded by billionaire businessman David Koch.
American Crossroads/Crossroads GPS — Affiliated Republican advocacy groups formed with the help of Ed Gillespie, former chairman of the Republican National Committee, and Karl Rove, an adviser to President George W. Bush
House Majority PAC — A super PAC focused on returning Democrats to the majority in the House.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce — A nonprofit trade group that advocates a pro-business agenda.
Congressional Leadership Fund — A super PAC focused on maintaining and expanding the Republican majority in the House of Representatives.
Independence USA — A left-leaning super PAC founded and financed by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Senate Conservatives Fund/Senate Conservatives Action — Conservative PACs aiming to elect “true” conservatives to Congress and defeat incumbent Republicans that fall short of that standard
Sen. Tim Scott claims that the Affordable Care Act’s taxes of $800 billion hit small businesses and families. But that’s misleading on several levels: It overlooks the tax credits available to both; much of the 10-year tax figure Scott cited affects individuals earning more than $200,000, a small fraction of all taxpayers; and there are few taxes directly affecting small businesses.
Read the full story here: “Tim Scott’s Misleading Tax Claims.”