Campaign 2010

Oct 05, 2010

Fact Check: Republicans Fabricate Attacks To Distract From Their Support of Tax Breaks for Outsourci

In an effort to distract from their support of corporate tax breaks for outsourcing American jobs, Republicans across the country have launched blatantly false attacks on Democrats. The most recent attack incorrectly claims that funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act have gone to build windmills in China. News outlets and independent organizations agree: the latest Republican attack is completely false.

In reality, it is Republicans who have consistently defended tax breaks for big corporations who ship American jobs overseas.

FALSE Republican Claim: “The stimulus bill sent more than a billion American tax dollars overseas. Many to China, where Chinese workers were paid to build wind turbines.” [National Republican Congressional Committee Ad

FACT: Incorrect to Say Any Money Has Gone to Chinese. The Pulitzer Prize winning Politifact stated flatly: “It's incorrect to say that any stimulus money has gone to Chinese turbine manufacturers, let alone 80 percent of the $2 billion spent on renewable energy projects.” [Politifact, 2/17/10]

FACT: Wind Farm NRCC Attacked Has Not Received Any Recovery Act Funding. The proposed wind farm the NRCC criticized has never received any Recovery Act funds and hasn’t even applied for funding. As the Charleston Daily Mail reported that the Department of Energy confirmed that, “the wind farm had yet to file an application for stimulus funds.” [Charleston Daily Mail, 9/30/10]

FACT: 100% of Money Goes to Wind Projects Built in the US. The American Wind Energy Association found that, “100% of Recovery Act money goes to wind projects built in the US” and, “Every penny of the money from the Recovery Act is provided as a tax credit for investment in American wind projects built in the U.S.” [American Wind Energy Association]

FACT: By Law, Wind Projects Funded by Recovery Act Built in US. By law, 100% of wind projects that receive incentives through Recovery Act are built in the United States by American workers to provide power for U.S. homes and businesses. According to Department of Treasury guidance, “Property which is used predominantly outside the United States does not qualify for a payment under section 1603.” [US Treasury Department]

FACT: Republicans Fought to Protect Tax Breaks for Corporations who Ship American Jobs Overseas. Republican Leader John Boehner led near unanimous Republican opposition to legislation that paid for protecting the jobs of police, firefighters, and teachers through closing tax loopholes that encourage companies to move American jobs overseas. Americans for Tax Reform stated that all candidates who signed their pledge were required to oppose this crackdown on outsourcing tax breaks. [HR 1586, #518, 8/10/10; Citizens for Tax Justice, 8/25/10; Americans for Tax Reform, 8/9/10]