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Checking the claims from Americans for Prosperity

By Becky Bowers, Robert Higgs
Published on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012 at 12:00 p.m.

A TV ad running in eight states blames President Barack Obama for sending stimulus money overseas while Americans are out of work.

Americans for Prosperity, a group dedicated to "educating citizens about economic policy" that works closely with tea party activists and has been funded by the conservative Koch family, released the ad April 26, 2012.

"Tell President Obama, American tax dollars should help American taxpayers," the narrator says. Instead, $2.3 billion in tax credits funded jobs in Mexico, Finland and China, the ad claims.

We checked out the part about jobs in Mexico  — and found the ad worthy of a Pants on Fire rating.

(This is our first check on the ad, and we’ll update this item with links to the others when they’re published. We've also checked many other exaggerations about the stimulus.)


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