Allen West's file:

Republican from Florida

Allen West, a retired U.S. Army Colonel, was elected to the U.S. House on Nov. 2, 2010. He took office Jan. 5, 2011 and served one term. He now is a contributor for Fox News.

Recent statements involving Allen West

"Back door gun control is in full effect in the United States" due to "Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency."

"Black people kill more black people every six months than the KKK did in 86 years."

"More Americans receive food aid than work in (the) private sector."

"This week the House of Representatives voted to remove the word ‘lunatic’ from federal law."

A precinct in the Allen West-Patrick Murphy recount has "7 registered voters in Guatemalan community and the tally showed 900 voted!!!!!"

Recent stories featuring Allen West

Fact-checking the debate over food stamps:

Democrats assailed a Republican decision to pass a farm bill in the House without addressing food stamps, breaking a tradition dating back to the 1970s. We checked a claim related to food stamps -- that "more Americans receive food aid than work in (the) private sector." We found multiple problems with the comparison.

The veep-stakes:

With the question of who will be at the top of the Republican presidential ticket looking more and more settled, attention is turning to the No. 2 spot. Who will be the vice presidential pick?

Looking back at trues and falses in debt ceiling debate:

The debt ceiling debate appears to be slouching toward a conclusion -- at least for now. We look back at some of the fact-checks that PolitiFact and its state affiliates have done on the issue.

Truth-O-Meter works hard during federal debt debate:

The daily back-and-forth in Washington over the federal government’s finances has provided numerous opportunities for the Truth-O-Meter and PolitiFact researchers.

Fact-checking the West-Wasserman Schultz feud:

Allen West called Debbie Wasserman Schultz "the most vile, unprofessional, and despicable member of the U.S. House of Representatives."

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