Fact Checking President Obama: Unprecedented Cronyism

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AFP Shows that fact-checkers disagree with Obama's newest ad, and announces the release of 30+ pages of Solyndra research backing up their own newest ad.

Yesterday President Obama released his first campaign ad of 2012, titled “Unprecedented,” in which he renewed old attacks on Americans for Prosperity, and attempted to defend his record on energy and jobs. But fact checkers at Politifact labeled his ad ‘Half True,’ while the Washington Post gave his claims ‘Three Pinocchios.

The Politifact article even stated, "The ad accurately quoted one of our promise checks in saying that Obama 'kept a campaign promise to toughen ethics rules.' However, it ignored at least 10 other ethics-related promise checks that showed a more mixed record."

AFP President Tim Phillips said, “President Obama named his attack ad ‘Unprecedented,’ and it turns out he’s right; the facts surrounding the Solyndra scandal continue to reveal an unprecedented level of government cronyism and interference with normal free market enterprise.”

“While President Obama’s ad seems to contain several unsupported claims,” continued Phillips, “Americans have a right to the irrefutable facts surrounding the Solyndra scandal.”

Today Americans for Prosperity will release over 30 pages of research that shows:

  •          Shareholders and executives at Solyndra had close ties to President Obama
  •          The Obama Administration was well aware that Solyndra was headed for bankruptcy
  •          The DOE took steps to ensure Solyndra kept quiet about worker layoffs until after the November midterm elections

The research on Solyndra released today can be viewed by clicking here.
To view AFP's latest Solyndra ad, please click here.

“President Obama may try to attack us and distort his own record, but Americans have demanded transparency and deserve to know the truth,” concluded Phillips.

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