Super PAC ad targets Gingrich in Florida
By Angie Drobnic Holan
Published on Wednesday, December 21st, 2011 at 4:26 p.m.
A pro-Mitt Romney "Super PAC" is flexing its muscles in the Republican race for president, telling conservative voters not to fall for Barack Obama’s plan to hand Newt Gingrich the GOP nomination. The group, called Restore our Future, is running television ads in Iowa and Florida.
"Barack Obama’s plan is working: Destroy Mitt Romney, run against Newt Gingrich," the ad says. "Newt has a ton of baggage. He was fined $300,000 for ethics violations and took $1.6 million from Freddie Mac, before it helped cause the economic meltdown. Newt supports amnesty for illegal immigrants, and teamed with Nancy Pelosi and Al Gore on global warming. Maybe that’s why George Will calls him the least conservative candidate. Check the facts at NewtFacts.com."
Super PACs aren’t formally affiliated with campaigns, but they can still spend money to try to influence elections, and they don’t face the same disclosure requirements as official campaigns. In this case, Restore our Future is run by supporters of Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts.
The ad makes a lot of claims. We've checked two: Whether Gingrich "was fined $300,000 for ethics violations," and whether Gingrich "teamed with Nancy Pelosi and Al Gore on global warming."
Both turn out to be True.
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Researchers: Angie Drobnic Holan