Facebook Twitter Tumblr Close Skip to main content
A Project of The Annenberg Public Policy Center

Loans to Mobsters, Ties to BP? Kirk’s Attack Ads Go Too Far

Republican Rep. Mark Kirk is attacking his Democratic opponent in the Illinois race for the U.S. Senate with two ads that go beyond what the facts support. The ads make unsupported claims about the role Giannoulias played at his family’s troubled bank and strain  to tie him to BP, among other dubious statements.
Kirk released the new ads less than a day after he apologized for embellishing his own military record.
Bank Shot
According to one of the ads,

Obama’s Legislative Record

Q: How many times did Obama vote 'present' as a state senator?
A:  He did so 129 times, which represents a little more than 3 percent of his total votes.