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Attack Ad Leaves Misleading Impression on Vance’s View of Trump Voters

Attack Ad Leaves Misleading Impression on Vance’s View of Trump Voters

It’s well known that JD Vance — Donald Trump’s endorsed candidate in the Ohio Republican primary for U.S. Senate — was no fan of the former president just a few years back. Vance’s past quotes practically write his opponents’ attack ads for them. But the truth isn’t enough in political campaigns.

Context for Ohio GOP Senate Race Spat on Taxes

Context for Ohio GOP Senate Race Spat on Taxes

In the crowded Republican primary field for a U.S. Senate seat in Ohio, candidate Mike Gibbons charges in a TV ad that his cohorts have taken his words on taxes “out of context” — but his ad leaves out context and stretches the facts on their positions, too.

Attorney General Never Called Concerned Parents ‘Domestic Terrorists’

Attorney General Never Called Concerned Parents ‘Domestic Terrorists’

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said that he couldn’t even “imagine a circumstance” where “parents complaining” at a school board meeting would be “labeled as domestic terrorism.” Yet, several Republicans have continued to falsely claim Garland called such parents “terrorists.” 

Mark Walker Voted Against Impeaching Trump, Contrary to a Misleading Ad

Mark Walker Voted Against Impeaching Trump, Contrary to a Misleading Ad

Republican Mark Walker voted against former President Donald Trump’s first impeachment in 2019, and he was no longer a congressman when the House voted to impeach Trump a second time in 2021. Yet, a misleading TV ad claims Walker, who is running for U.S. Senate in North Carolina, “abandoned” Trump on a vote “to block a Democrat bill” impeaching Trump.

Distorted Graphic in Georgia Governor Race

Distorted Graphic in Georgia Governor Race

When it comes to political images, seeing shouldn’t always be believing. Case in point is an image recently tweeted by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp that is misleadingly presented to make his polling advantage over Republican rival David Perdue appear larger than it actually is in a hypothetical general election matchup with Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams.

TV Ad Attacking Brian Kemp Makes Unsubstantiated Georgia Election Claim

TV Ad Attacking Brian Kemp Makes Unsubstantiated Georgia Election Claim

The Georgia secretary of state’s office is investigating a conservative watchdog group’s claims of illegal “ballot harvesting” in the state during the November 2020 general election and a special election runoff in January 2021. But the pending investigation is not evidence that “widespread illegal ballot harvesting” elected Georgia’s two Democratic U.S. senators, as a conservative super PAC’s TV ad claims. 

Josh Mandel Campaign Ad Was Not Photoshopped, Contrary to Social Media Posts

Josh Mandel Campaign Ad Was Not Photoshopped, Contrary to Social Media Posts

In a campaign ad, Josh Mandel, a Republican Senate candidate from Ohio, shared an image of himself as a Marine with a group of Black troops. Social media posts falsely claim that Mandel photoshopped his head onto the body of a Black Marine. The Mandel campaign denied the claim and provided the media with a copy of the original image.