Independent Watchdogs Condemn Anti-Grayson Ad as a Lie

May 17, 2012

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is saturating the airwaves in Orlando with an anti-Grayson, anti-Bill Nelson ad that independent, nonpartisan watchdog groups have condemned as a lie.

The Chamber ad charges that the Affordable Healthcare Act, which Alan Grayson voted for when he was in Congress, “could cause 20 million people to lose their current coverage.” On the first day that the Chamber of Commerce aired this flagrant fiction against Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Alan Grayson, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalism website Politifact.com provided a detailed report, and concluded: “We rate the statement Pants on Fire!” Politifact is run by the Tampa Bay Times.

Factcheck.org, another independent, non-partisan authority, then rated the Chamber’s argument false. Under the headline “Chamber Continues to Mislead on Health Care Law,Factcheck.org stated: “The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s latest onslaught of television ads continues to miseducate voters about the potential impact of the heath care law.”

The Affordable Healthcare Act extends healthcare to more than 30 million people who don’t have now it – precisely the opposite of what the Chamber of Commerce is saying. Senator Nelson has called on TV stations to refuse to run the ad.

“It’s very revealing that in order to attack Senator Nelson and me, the Chamber of Commerce has to lie,” said Alan Grayson. “If they stuck to the truth, they would have nothing to say against us.”