Jason Altmire is PolitiFact's Democratic guest columnist and a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives serving Pennsylvania’s 4th congressional district from 2007-13. Altmire worked as senior vice president of Public Policy, Government and Community Affairs at health insurer Florida Blue. Recently, he published a book, “Dead Center: How Political Polarization Divided America and What We Can Do.”

Jason is not part of the PolitiFact staff and will not write fact-checks and have no say in what or who we fact-check. Instead, his role is to use their expertise to provide additional insight about our work. This work is being funded by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.


Recent stories from Jason Altmire

Sorting out the facts about nearly 1,500 lost children, Trump family separation policy

The hashtag #WhereAreTheChildren has been trending on Twitter, bringing attention to nearly 1,500 "lost" immigrant children and whether the Trump administration is to blame for it. Readers asked us to clarify what exactly happened with the children and how they got here. Here are the facts.

Guest column: Fact-checking made easy

Sometimes fact-checking is painfully difficult, evaluating nuance and weighing the relative merit of half-truths and accurate but misleading statements. Sometimes, however, fact checking is easy, especially when the source is openly lying or the story is an outright hoax. Two recent PolitiFact columns provide excellent examples.

Guest column: False attack against Ron DeSantis shows how political attack ads are often crafted

A March 29 fact-check of an accusation about U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., was justifiably rated Pants on Fire by PolitiFact. The claim is ludicrous on its face, and the final determination was easy. However, the episode gives an excellent example of how political attack ads are crafted, and how little substance is often behind them.