Many can't be prosecuted
Mayors Against Illegal Guns
In 2009, the FBI "referred more than 71,000" cases of people failing background checks when trying to buy a gun to another federal agency, "but U.S. attorneys ultimately prosecuted only 77 of them."
A story half told
"Thanks to Washington, nearly everyone will pay more in taxes in 2013. Somehow people think it's just the wealthy. It's not."
Projected, not created
Kohl’s Department Stores in 2012 "announced the creation of 3,000 new jobs."
$1 trillion benefits more than just those in poverty
"Over $1 trillion" was spent on anti-poverty programs in 2011, enough to "give every single poor American a check for $22,000."
Some truth in both parts of the claim
One Wisconsin Now
Says state schools superintendent candidate Don Pridemore "voted for the largest cuts to public education in our state history" and for "$2.3 billion in tax breaks for corporations and the wealthy."
Some will to some extent
Milwaukee County government employees pay "much more" for their health care than City of Milwaukee or State of Wisconsin employees.
Cratered might be a better way of describing it
Says President Barack Obama "did not come into office with the economy in a free fall."
Secular term goes too far
Freedom From Religion Foundation
"Secular Americans are the fastest-growing religious identification demographic in this country."
Said that, and more
Progressive Change Campaign Committee
Says U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Thompson "says he’ll do away with Medicare."
Partly accurate on both counts
"Tommy Thompson made millions from corporations who outsource American jobs and now he's trying to lavish huge tax breaks on them."
The mud didn't fly until after the primary
Says opponent Tammy Baldwin ‘has had not one positive ad’ in the campaign for U.S. Senate.
Partly true, with important caveats
Says Republican U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Thompson "supports massive tax cuts for corporations that outsource Wisconsin jobs."
Figures were projections; some efforts launched by Bush
"With the auto rescue," President Barack Obama "saved more than 1 million middle-class jobs all across America," including more than 28,000 in Wisconsin.
Over decades, formula tweak adds up
Says Republicans Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan support "massive cuts in Social Security for future generations."
A mixed bag on statistical accuracy
In Massachusetts under Mitt Romney, "unemployment went down, household incomes went up," and the state "saw its credit rating upgraded."
Some math checks out, some doesn’t.
Says U.S. Senate rival Tommy Thompson "wants to give a new $265,000 tax cut to millionaires like himself while raising taxes on the middle class."
Almost all, but Ryan supports one limited exception
Says "Paul Ryan supports banning all abortions, even in cases of rape or incest."
Yes, if using Obama assumptions
Says Paul Ryan "wants to cut Pell Grant scholarships for nearly 10 million students."
Not officially a lobbyist
Says U.S. Senate rival Tommy Thompson is "a big corporate lobbyist" and has been "lobbying during the middle of the campaign."
Old claim repeated, warts and all
President Obama and Nancy Pelosi said "Obamacare" would save money because "they factored in 10 years worth of tax revenue and only six and half years worth of expenses."
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