"Fact-checking" means that an independent news/political organization examines
statements made in campaign advertising or in poltiical debates, to see if they are objectively true or not.
The first fact-checking organization was called FactCheck.org (described below) but in recent years many other organizations have joined in.
Some that we use are:
Fact-checking has become commonplace in recent years; but originally we used only FactCheck.org.
They are often accused of partisanship (as are all fact-checking services, so we attempt to balance them against each other and report only non-partisan facts here).
Following is FactCheck.org's self-description; all of the other services are linked from above so you can check out their similar self-descriptions:
| OnTheIssues.org excerpts: (click on issues for details)
Steve Daines: No exceptions for rape nor incest, but no criminalization.
Chris Christie: FactCheck: No, Dems allow plenty of pro-life speakers.
Cory Booker: No restrictions before viability; exceptions after viability.
Budget & Economy|
Steve Daines: Obama stimulus shipped American jobs to China.
Barack Obama: FactCheck: Deficits cut in half, but still higher than 2008.
Terri Lynn Land: Equal pay good; but Paycheck Fairness Act bad.
Barack Obama: FactCheck: Gender wage gap is $0.19, not $0.23.
Ben Sasse: FactCheck: stretched truth on job as management consultant.
Thom Tillis: FactCheck: Passed school budget of $23.1B, but no cuts.
Sam Clovis: FactCheck: Common Core originated with governors, not feds.
Energy & Oil|
Gary Peters: FactCheck: Mich. gets back more in gas tax than it collects.
Barack Obama: FactCheck: Yes, US reduced CO2 tonnage, but that's only 6%.
Barack Obama: FactCheck: Yes, more domestic oil, but due to new technology.
Cathy McMorris-Rodgers: FactCheck: Natural gas lowered CO2 only temporarily.
Brian Schatz: FactCheck: Yes, 97% of Greenland ice surface melted in 2012.
John Walsh: Don't ship American jobs to China.
Steve Daines: Worked for 6 years bringing U.S. consumer products to China.
Cathy McMorris-Rodgers: FactCheck: US #1 for FDI, but #14 or #22 on other measures.
Cory Booker: Campaign PAC money shouldn't speak louder than people.
Paul Broun: FactCheck: Guns cause more deaths than bats & hammers.
Barack Obama: FactCheck: Some Medicare premiums went up under ObamaCare.
Barack Obama: FactCheck: Yes, 9M signed up, but only 3M are newly insured.
Mike Ross: Voted for ObamaCare early on but now consistently against it.
Mike Ross: Voted against individuals keeping health insurance plans.
Todd Tiahrt: FactCheck: Yes, ObamaCare levies some taxes before services.
Cathy McMorris-Rodgers: FactCheck: Iran's nuke program is set back, but not "halted".
Mark Udall: FactCheck: Yes, NSA can collect phone records on Americans.
Dan Sullivan: No way should Obama give "executive amnesty" to illegals.
Mark Begich: Only Congress can grant amnesty, not President.
Robert Sarvis: Liberalize immigration; population growth lowest since 1930s.
Jeff Sessions: FactCheck: Immigration bill requires 700 mile border fence.
Rick Scott: FactCheck: Yes, unemployment up; but stimulus has helped.
Barack Obama: FactCheck: $10.10 minimum wage only affects 200,000 workers.
Barack Obama: FactCheck: Yes, 8M new jobs, but net 1.2M lost in recession.
Cathy McMorris-Rodgers: FactCheck: Net gain of 3.2M jobs under Obama presidency.
Cathy McMorris-Rodgers: FactCheck: Workforce participation decline due to Baby Boom.
Chris Christie: Bridgegate FactCheck: Ft.Lee doesn't have 3 dedicated lanes.
Principles & Values|
Joni Ernst: FactCheck: Missed half of state Senate votes for campaigning.
Paul Ryan: The left offers people a full stomach and an empty soul.
Michael Enzi: FactCheck: Gets higher percent from PACs than any Senator.
Joni Ernst: Something like personal savings accounts for younger workers.
Steve Daines: AdWatch: Accuses opponent of considering privatization.
John Walsh: Consider privatization for new employees entering workforce.
Thom Tillis: FactCheck: Kept sales tax at 3% on yachts & jet owners.
Heritage Foundation: FHA highway funds are skewed because strings are attached.
Barack Obama: FactCheck: Money stops infrastructure projects, not red tape.
Welfare & Poverty|
Barack Obama: FactCheck: Upward mobility hasn't stalled; US always was low.