Yes, That Ad Is Full Of Crap

This new ad from conservative group Americans for Prosperity is up with a $6.1 million ad buy in a number of swing states, including Colorado. You’ve probably seen it by now, by off-air or cable. We haven’t seen any of our local fact-checking operations review this ad yet, but if national reviews are any indication, it’s one of the more blatantly false ads in some time.

The New York Times late last week:

In making the general assertion that “billions of taxpayer dollars spent on green energy went to jobs in foreign countries,” the ad cites as evidence $1.2 billion that went “to a solar company that’s building a plant in Mexico.” In fact, the company involved in the plant, SunPower, said that the $1.2 billion federal loan guarantee was for its solar ranch in California, and that while some of the panels for the ranch will be coming from a plant in Mexico, most were coming from its California operations…

Loans under the agency’s alternative vehicle program went to Fisker Automotive, an American electric car company based in California that has facilities in Finland, as well as China and Germany. The agency provided $169 million for engineering and tooling work, all carried out in the United States, an energy department official said. The vehicles themselves are being assembled in Fisker’s existing plant in Finland, but the federal money was used only for the U.S. operations, according to the energy department.

The agency also says that the ad’s claim that stimulus money was spent to build traffic lights in China is false. The department said that it provided money to install new traffic lights in communities across the United States, creating jobs in this country.

Based on that, Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler concludes today:

One can certainly raise questions about how stimulus funding was used and whether it was effective. But there is no excuse for these kinds of ads, which take facts out of context or simply invent them. [Pols emphasis] These groups should be especially ashamed, given that these claims have been previously debunked…

Unfortunately, the $500,000 AFP is reportedly spending to air this ad in Colorado assures more “low-information” voters will see AFP’s message than will ever see the comprehensive debunking of it. Short of an act of conscience on the part of broadcasters to pull the ad themselves, which happens only very rarely, it’s misinformation pretty much spread without consequence.

So you’d better get the word out yourselves or something.


6 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. JeffcoBlueJeffcoBlue says:

    That was a good one.

    What does it take to get this false ad pulled?

  2. ArapaGOPArapaGOP says:

    You lost the stimulus debate in 2010. Big time. If you wish to refight the war you lost in 2010, you will lose again like the South in a Civil War reenactment. I would just let it go and tell the voters how you’re going to spend their money THIS time! That will work out much better.

    • Sir RobinSir Robin says:

      Or just bullshitting, as usual?

      The voting public may not (probably did not) understand the stimulus, or feel and see its effects at the time. Now, my strong belief is that they understand without the stimulus everyone would be much worse off today than if the stimulus had not been enacted.

      And to answer from another post, YES, we are MUCH BETTER OFF now than with dufus at the wheel.

      Watch it everyone- It’s a classic.

      This is why Republicans are delustional. Americans are just not that stupid, although Republicans would like to think they are.

    • rocco says:

      My god, the Times AND the Washington Post’s people BOTH debunked the shitty and purposefully misinforming attack ad!

      Will you please pay attention to what is being put out for you, and know what you’re talking about when you post?

      You are exactly why it’s so frustrating dealing with your ilk. No matter what is put in front of you, what numbers, facts, data, so on and so forth, you whistle past the grave yard, denying the inevitability of the demise of the “I got mine, you go screw yourself” agenda that absolutely devastated a nation’s economy.

      I read the posts of bloggers of your stripe and seriously wonder if you’re paying any attention at all.

      If that’s the deal, why do you post when you don’t know what you’re talking about.

      Please!!!!!!!!! Get a clue. It’s always a stunner when someone literally continues to make a fool of himself, on a blog site or anywhere in general.

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