29 Jun '12, 4am

Unprecedented Cash Pours Into Deceptive Campaign Ads

This is the new reality: 85% of the dollars spent on presidential ads by the top conservative political action committee were spent on "ads containing at least one claim ruled deceptive by fact-checkers." That's from an analysis carried out by the Annenberg Public Policy Center, which in other words found that 85% of the $25 million worth of ads bankrolled by political action committees contain lies. This probably isn't exceptionally surprising, except for the sheer scale and the magnitude to which the lies are being broadcast. For an idea of that scale, here are the four top donors and how much they spent on ads that contained at least one verifiable falsehood: American Energy Alliance, which champions free market energy policies: $3.3 million ($3,269,000) Americans for Prosperity, the David Koch-founded Tea Party vehicle: $5 million ($5,018,000) American Future Fund, a R...

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