Barry Hinckley's file:
Hinckley

Republican from Rhode Island

Barry Hinckley ran an unsuccessful race, as a Republican running, for the U.S. Senate in Rhode Island in 2012. A graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder, he is the founder and former president of Bullhorn Software in Boston. He is also an aviator and has raced sailboats professionally.

Recent statements involving Barry Hinckley

Sheldon Whitehouse voted for a "$525-billion tax increase on the middle class."

U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse "rewarded Wall Street executives with millions in bonuses."

A poll conducted in Egypt revealed that 80 percent of Egyptians oppose receiving foreign aid from the United States.

"Thirty percent of [Sheldon Whitehouse' campaign] money is coming from special interests."

President Obama’s health-care law will "add trillions of dollars in debt."

Recent stories featuring Barry Hinckley

PolitiFact Rhode Island's Top 10 for 2012:

Over the last 12 months, PolitiFact Rhode Island issued 117 Truth-O-Meter rulings, on claims ranging from Obamacare to school prayer to foreign aid.

All had some Rhode Island connection, but many of the most-read items -- based on traffic on our PolitiFact Rhode Island website -- focused on issues far beyond the state’s borders.

Thanks to the reach of the Internet, many have remained popular long after publication, in part because PolitiFact, with affiliates in 11 states, has become a go-to reference for people seeking to separate fact from fiction.

So as a farewell to the year, we thought we’d share with you the PolitiFact Rhode Island Top Ten Most Widely Read rulings for 2012:

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Over the last several months, candidates have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to build themselves up and knock their opponents down.

There have been attacks and counterattacks, scary TV ads, robo-calls and oversized campaign fliers clogging our mailboxes -- in other words, the fuel that sent our Truth-O-Meter into overdrive.

Just in the weeks since the September primary, we issued two dozen rulings on claims made by candidates for federal and statewide offices. Not surprisingly, many were way off base. And -- perhaps surprisingly -- many were true.

With the election just two days away, we decided to take a look back at some of our campaign rulings to help voters make up their minds.  Here’s a sampling from key races:

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