Monday, April 30, 2012
CONTACT: Joanne Kron, executive director at 303-991-1900

DENVER: After a scathing fact-check report by The Washington Post today repudiated nearly every claim made in a new Americans for Prosperity television ad airing in Colorado, ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest online progressive advocacy organization, called on media outlets in the state to immediately stop running the ad.

“Blatantly false political ads have no place in Colorado politics,” said Joanne Kron, executive director of ProgressNow Colorado. “But every election year, it seems there is always a dishonest politician or attack group willing to brazenly lie to the people of Colorado for political gain. Media outlets in our state need to send a strong message that this kind of dirty politics won’t be tolerated in Colorado.”

Americans for Prosperity’s newest ad claims that several renewable energy investments paid for by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act resulted in Americans “sending their own jobs to foreign countries.” The facts, as reported by The Washington Post, show that these funds did indeed invest in American companies, and funded development and manufacturing performed in the United States whenever it was feasible to do so. In each case cited, The Washington Post reveals how the true facts have been distorted, omitted, and even fabricated. 1

“One can certainly raise questions about how stimulus funding was used and whether it was effective,” wrote The Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler. “But there is no excuse for these kinds of ads, which take facts out of context or simply invent them.”

“In 2010, a Denver television station pulled an ad off the air that made similarly false claims about a congressional candidate,” said ProgressNow’s Kron. 2 “Now that Americans for Prosperity’s latest multimillion-dollar campaign against President Obama has been shown to be a pack of lies, it’s time to prove again that Coloradans are smarter than they think.”