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Mailbag: A Hedge Fund Manager’s Perspective

This week, a reader sent us a letter about the tax rates paid by hedge fund managers.
In the FactCheck Mailbag, we feature some of the email we receive. Readers can send comments to editor@factcheck.org. Letters may be edited for length.
 
 ‘Carried Interest Argument Is Moot’
Recently you posted an article checking the facts on Bernie Sanders’ statements regarding effective tax rates for hedge fund managers versus firemen, truck drivers, etc. [“Hedge Fund Managers’

Biden Pads Economic Stats

In a speech in Miami, Vice President Joe Biden puffed up two statistics related to bringing manufacturing jobs back to the U.S. from overseas.

Spinning ‘Tax Breaks’ for Outsourcing

Who says Congress can’t get anything done? As a new TV spot in New Hampshire once again demonstrates, it excels at grinding out symbolic votes that become fodder for political attack ads.

Palin Off on Glaciers and Global Warming

Sarah Palin says man isn’t to blame for climate change, citing the fact that some glaciers in Alaska are expanding. But an individual glacier’s growth does not disprove the existence or causes of global warming. The vast majority of glaciers are losing ice rapidly.

More Spin on Clinton Emails

Hillary Clinton directly addressed questions in recent interviews about her exclusive use of a personal email account and server to conduct government business as secretary of state. But her answers only reveal part of the story.

Hedge Fund Managers’ Tax Rates

Sen. Bernie Sanders says firefighters, police officers, nurses and truck drivers all pay higher effective tax rates than hedge fund managers. That’s accurate for some in those occupations, but it’s not the case across the board.

Planned Parenthood’s Services

Congressional Republicans have made versions of the claim that abortions make up 94 percent of Planned Parenthood’s “pregnancy services.” That misleading figure only counts certain direct services to pregnant clients.

Santorum’s Climate Consensus Claims

Rick Santorum made two false claims regarding the scientific consensus on climate change in an interview with HBO’s Bill Maher.

Walker’s Economic Spin

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican candidate for president, strained the facts when he compared his state’s economic performance with that of the United States.