A Project of The Annenberg Public Policy Center

The Whoppers of 2007

We review some notable political falsehoods and distortions of the year.

Pork-barrel Spending

Q: What percentage of the national spending is pork?
A: About 1 percent.

More Mitt Malarkey

Romney repeats misleading claims about McCain’s stand on immigration and his own record on taxes.

Abortions: Comparing Catholic and Protestant Women

Q: Do Catholic women get abortions more frequently than Protestant women?
A: Catholics are slightly more likely to get an abortion than Protestants, according to a 2000-2001 survey.

Congressional Pensions

Q: Does a United States senator receive his full pay upon retiring?
A: No. A member of Congress can’t receive more than 80 percent of his or her final salary upon retirement, and the average is much less.

The Obamas’ Chicago Home

Q: Does Obama have a real estate problem?
A: A political patron from whom he bought a strip of land is under federal indictment, but there’s no evidence Obama did anything improper.

Exaggerating Help for Troops

Clinton falsely claims guardsmen and reservists didn’t have health insurance before she went to work.