A Project of The Annenberg Public Policy Center

No ‘Special Subsidy’ for Congress

Rep. Robert Pittenger is misleading his constituents by saying that he will decline the health insurance offered to members of Congress next year because it includes a “special subsidy” from the president that “exempted” Congress from the Affordable Care Act.

‘Train Wreck’ Ad Goes Off the Rails

A conservative TV ad misconstrues Sen. Max Baucus’ infamous “train wreck” statement to claim “there’s bipartisan agreement that Obamacare isn’t working.”

Attack-Ad Alchemy

In the Virginia race for governor, Republican candidate Ken Cuccinelli is running a TV spot that practices the dark art of political alchemy — turning facts into falsehoods. And it does so while claiming to be telling “the truth.”

NRCC Distorts McIntyre’s Fiscal Record

The National Republican Congressional Committee distorts Rep. Mike McIntyre’s record on balanced budgets and congressional pay in a new TV ad.

Environmentalists Misuse GOP Quote

The League of Conservation Voters misuses a quote by a Republican congressman to portray him as “extreme” on climate change.

McConnell Fudges Facts in Attacks on Bevin

Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has gone to great lengths in ads — both Web and paid — to discredit the conservative credentials of his Republican primary challenger Matt Bevin. But his attacks have often stretched the truth or outright misled viewers.

Louie Gohmert’s Health Care Hooey

Rep. Louie Gohmert is wrong when he says a “poor guy out there making $14,000” is “going to pay extra income tax if he cannot afford to pay the several thousand dollars for an Obamacare policy.”

Obama Overpromises on Premiums

President Obama claimed that all of the currently uninsured would be able to get coverage on the exchanges “at a significantly cheaper rate than what they can get right now on the individual market” even without federal tax credits.

Immigration Group Twists Ryan’s Words

A group that opposes the Senate’s “Gang of Eight” immigration bill claims that Rep. Paul Ryan said “we have a labor shortage in Wisconsin.”

Arkansas Race Off to Misleading Start

The Arkansas Senate race got off to a dubious start as both major party candidates found themselves under attack in misleading TV ads.