Frazier ad says one thing: facts say another

If people look to television advertising to decide how to vote, we’re in trouble. Still, someone must think that at the very least the 5 percent to 15 percent of undecideds in the middle must look to the telly for smart information or campaigns would spend their money elsewhere.

It is with that in mind, that we bring you Republican Ryan Frazier’s latest ad, where he accused 7th District incumbent Democrat Ed Perlmutter of voting to spend enormous amounts of money bolstering the Chinese economy, while doing nothing to help hungry Americans.

Specifically, he says Perlmutter supported a bill spending billions on wind turbines from China.

The American Wind Energy Association says it’s just not true. According to Laura Stevens, doing PR for the Wind Association, “One hundred percent of wind projects that have received stimulus funds are built in the United States.”

In fact, the stimulus bill generally requires that almost all the money goes to Americans or American companies.

Stevens said that prior to passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the wind industry feared that would drop as the economy faltered, instead the industry grew by more than 17 percent in the United States in 2009.

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Scot Kersgaard has been managing editor of a political newspaper, editor and co-owner of a ski town newspaper, executive editor of eight high-tech magazines (where he worked with current Apple CEO Tim Cook), deputy press secretary to a U.S. Senator, and an outdoors columnist at the Rocky Mountain News. He has an English degree from the University of Washington. He was awarded a fellowship to study internet journalism at the University of Maryland's Knight Center for Specialized Journalism. He was student body president in college. He spends his free time hiking and skiing.

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