The richly funded Republican Governors Association is again making a big ad buy in Arkansas to say Mike Ross voted “against taxpayers” and with Nancy Pelosi. It’s slightly altered, but essentially the same message as an ad it circulated in Arkansas last month.
On that occasion, the independent FactCheck.org made it clear that the ad is a thoroughly dishonest accounting of Ross’ record. To cite just one example: Republicans construed it as a vote “against taxpayers” when Ross voted for a bill that lowered taxes for 27.5 percent of taxpayers and raised them for .1 percent of taxpayers. You can guess which tiny group of taxpayers felt the pinch.
TV viewers, of course, will see only the lie, not the facts. Which the RGA understands all too well.
That careful dissection of the record by FactCheck? It is “just an opinion piece by one individual,” says an RGA spokesman. They stand by their lie, er, ad.