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  • Heritage Calls on Obama to Pull False Ads

    The Heritage Foundation today asked Barack Obama to immediately pull two ads that misrepresent the views of Heritage’s Rea Hederman. The campaign has released a 30-second TV ad with false information and repeats it on the campaign website. The following letter was sent by Heritage lawyer Alan P. Dye to the Obama campaign.

    Dear Senator Obama:

    Two recent campaign advertisements seriously misrepresent the views of my client, The Heritage Foundation. They suggest, quite falsely, that The Heritage Foundation and one of its analysts support your tax plan.

    The print ad on your Website as well as your ad entitled “Try This” reference a quote from policy analyst Rea Hederman. In fact, Mr. Hederman never said what is quoted there. Rather, the words you quote are from a New York Sun reporter who interviewed Mr. Hederman and summarized his views erroneously.

    That the reporter’s summary is erroneous is evident from the actual quotes from Mr. Hederman presented in the article, which make it quite clear that Mr. Hederman believes your tax plan would be bad not only for the country, but for the middle class. By omitting the direct quotes from Heritage that are contained in the article and attributing to Heritage a conflicting statement not made by its analyst, the advertisement appears to be an intentional attempt to mislead.

    Surely there can be no doubt within your campaign as to how Heritage truly views your tax plan. When one of your economic advisors, Jeffrey Liebman, made this same misrepresentation in a September 4, 2008 letter to The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Hederman promptly sent a corrective and very public letter. It appeared in the September 16 issue of The Wall Street Journal under the title: “A Bad Plan That Is Less Bad Is Still Not A Very Good Plan.” In it, Mr. Hederman strenuously decried Mr. Liebman’s blatant misrepresentation and set the record straight.

    The Heritage Foundation believes that your advertisements’ use of its name is not only not a fair use of its intellectual property, but is an intentional attempt to mislead and misinform voters. As a responsible candidate, you should insist that your campaign cease to run these false advertisements immediately.

    Very truly yours,
    Alan P. Dye

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    57 Responses to Heritage Calls on Obama to Pull False Ads

    1. LogicalSC, Sunset SC says:

      Obama and his team will tell any number of whoppers knowing that they will not be called to task by their media friends. Same pattern as Obama claiming credit for bills and legislation on which he had no influence and often actually voted against the legislation.

    2. doug neufeld, doyles says:

      well put , but you are too nice — the liberal hard left radical extremists that run the federal democrat party and the liberal hard left biased media promulgate deceit and lies like this one constantly. but they are good "marketeers" so they lie under cover of a pleasant facade —like "democrats are for tax breaks for the poor and middle class" . of course their intent is to mis-lead. but he is NOT a "responsible" candidate. please hammer these liars HARDER !!!

    3. Melissa,Salem,Oregon says:

      What can you expect from someone who presents himself as God but really is the devil?

    4. gigi says:

      Wonderful! I salute you in confronting Obama and his campaign!

    5. Parker C. Wiseman, C says:

      I was outraged to read about Obama's false advertisements

      and your lawyers message to him. I would like to see his

      reply and ask why in the world he wasn't asked to print a

      retraction and correction.

    6. Joe "Not the pl says:

      After McCain's campaign's use of false info & out of context quotes in ads, what's the difference?

      It's a man's game, if you can't stand the heat…get out of the kitchen.

    7. Sandy, NC says:

      Obama is a fraud and will stop at nothing to win this election! He cannot be trusted as a person, nevermind the president of this country!

    8. Paul from Florida says:

      Obama. Man's World.

      Snicker.

      A skinny, word parsing, shape changing, affirmative action liberal pet, Oprah metro, latte sipping lawyer and adolescent girl writer of dreams.

      Yeah. Real tough guy.

    9. goon, grand forks, n says:

      Bravo, it is nice to see you stand up to the NOBAMA campaign. It is about time someone did.

      NOBAMA is going to redistribute wealth and it is wrong and you guys called him on it. I pray that this moron doesn't get elected because he scares the heck out of me with his marxist world views.

    10. Obama's Pitbull says:

      So what? Get over it!!! McCain does it all the time

    11. Vermin, St Paul says:

      Joe-

      How exactly would any statements or misstatements on McCain's part compromise The Heritage foundation's right to call Obama on misquoting them?

    12. Bobby Hoyle, Herrin says:

      I applaud and salute Heritage for standing up to the elite (so they might think). This guy has gotten a free pass on every issue that would have disqualified any other contestant.

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    15. Dave Tower says:

      "What can you expect from someone who presents himself as God but really is the devil?"

      Boy, is it going to be great to see false Christians like you after Obama wins.

    16. Joe Sim says:

      In one week Al Franken will be drafting the Fairness Doctrine that will be passing through the Senate, House and Presidency like a knife through warm butter.

      In the meantime, Michelle Obama will be picking out decorations for the White House.

      Stings, doesn't it?

    17. Dr No says:

      It isn't a lie if the media lets you get away with it. The media has decided Obama can do no wrong. Everything he says should be taken as gospel. Clearly Rea Hederman had to have said this and his body has been taken over by a evil force that is trying to deny it.

    18. RP-TX says:

      LOOKS LIKE I CAN SEE CLEARLY WHY THERE IS AN SECOND AMENDMANT! I AM SICKENED BY THE STATE OF OUR CONSTITUTIONAL GOVERNMENT . IN SCHOLL OUR CHLIDREN ARE TUAGHT SUCH DRIVEL AS THE FAMOUS QUOTE OF OLVER WENDELL HOLMES"TAXES ARE WHAT WE PAY FOR A FREE SOCIETY" WHAT BULL! I CANT BELIEVE THAT I DO NOT EVEN OWN MY OWN HOUSE AFTER PAYING IT OFF..IF I DONT PAY THE PROPERTY TAZ- THE GOVERNMENT TAKES IT AWAY! THIS IS TYRANNY AND SOCIALISM AND OPPRESSION AND ABDUCTION OF MY RIGHTS TO FREE PROPERTY AND LIBERTY! WHY DO WE LET THIS CONTINUE? WHEN WILL ALL OF AMERICA START TO FIGHT FOR OUR DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC TO BE RESTORED AND HOLD THOSE ACCOUNTABLE FOR THIER TRESSPASSES AGAINST THE SUPREME LAW OF TH ELAND -THE CONSTITUTION AND THE BILL OF RIGHTS! ARE THERE ANY FREE 'MEN' LEFT IN THIS COUNTRY !

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    24. Steve, Dallas says:

      You people are a joke.

      Most of you didn't like John McCain 12 months ago.

      Also, how can you honestly say Sarah Palin is ready to be the VP of the United States, let alone the President. If you notice she/John talk more about Barack and Joe the plumber than they do about their leadership plans.

      Joe the plumber if you read this, I would like to let you know you are an idiot.

      Joe claiming he is concerned with Barack rolling back the taxes on income of $250k+ is like a guy who can't afford gas for his Hyundai, complaining about the ever increasing cost of new Bentleys. The guy can't even pay his state income taxes. Lol.

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    27. sLewis says:

      Just letting you know. In Obama tradition, it is still available on YouTube as of 10/29 am. Unlike their credit card acceptance policy, I can expect they will be dragging feet to remove it. Is there a time limit you might be able to impose? Otherwise I anticipate it will go down on Nov 5.

    28. Theo, Atlanta says:

      Good job Heritage. This is the proper way to do what is right and needed – instead of just whining about the issue they actually put it in writing.

      Off topic; the two characters in this election remind me of Matt Damon and Robin Williams in the movie Good Will Hunting. Robin Williams sums it up best when he sits down with Matt outside on a park bench and speaks (not exactly verbatim but you'll get the point), "You may be one of the smartest men on the planet William (Matt) and I give you that. I (Robin) then realized one thing about you William, and I fell sound asleep and I didn't think about you since. William, you can read about a war, but you've never been in one. You can read about love, but never been in love before. You may have seen pictures of the Sistine Chapel, but you've never smelled what it's actually like to be there and see that glorious beautiful painting on the ceiling."

      Obama can talk the talk but has never walked the walk. It's that simple. Biden still has it right when he said that the Presidency is not a "on-the-job training" type of position.

      Wake up Liberals – it's your life, not the Governments life.

    29. Darryl, Grand Rapids says:

      I find it fascinating that supporters of Senator Obama and Senator Biden find it acceptable that Joe the Plumber's personal information has been not only accessed but has been shared with the public. If you bothered to listen to what he had to say about his tax situation you would also note he has taken care of this issue (during his interview on Hannity & Commes), when it came to his attention. Steve in Dallas if you find this airing of a private citizens personal business so acceptable, perhaps you would enjoy the same kind of scrutiny of your personal life. Those who attack Joe seem to forget that he didn't seek out Senator Obama, he simply asked a question with more substance than the Senator was used to answering. Without that tele-prompter or script he and Joe the Senator show true views. Views I believe a majority of Americans will be most uncomfortable with on Nov 4th. No thinking person will concern themselves with Joe's personal life. But they will look at the true Senator Obama and make their choice.

      I am thankful for organizations like Heritage that I can receive conservative views on this election and other issues of our day. We certainly are not receiving a balanced perspective from the mainstream media. To deliberately misquote an analyst for their own gain again shows the ethics of the Obama/Biden campaign. I commend Heritage for challenging them on this deliberate misquote.

    30. J. Thomas Hunter, Ch says:

      "Misrepresentation" is the best word to describe the Obama campaign.

    31. MARK , HOUSTON says:

      steve in Dallas , why are these poeple a joke for expressing very real concerns for the future of this nation ? And why bash Sarah Palin , remember our last two presidents were also governors . The cold fact is Steve that it wasn't too long ago in the history of the world that another smooth talker took germany by storm . we all know how that went . Obama IS a socialist PERIOD . Another scary fact is that he will have the full support of the U.N. to do anything he wishes in this land , like take our firearms ( not ask to turn them over but TAKE) . so steve in Dallas , what side will you be on when you see your leader Obama with a bunch of blue helmets behind him . Are you an american Steve or a Globalist ?

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    33. Jill, Alaska says:

      Not surprisingly, Obama has no conscience which is evident to all who will look. I am so thankful for the Heritage Foundation for providing so much professional information on every issue in today's world. Your hard work, ethics and presentations are truly appreciated.

      Hey Steve-Dallas, most people didn't like Obama 12 months ago either. Just because John McCain wasn't some people's 1st choice in the primary doesn't automatically disallow him to be their choice now.

      Sarah Palin has more qualifications to be President than Obama and despite the latest ad from Obama, has more economic sense running a city and a state than Obama's failed "organizing" in Chicago.

      Lastly, whether Joe the plumber is currently capable of purchasing a Bentley or not is irrelevant to the question in and of itself. When you start passing judgment on the questioner rather than judging the candidate's plans for this country's economic prosperity based upon his answer, it simply reveals WHO the true idiot is. Here's a hint – it isn't Joe the Plumber

    34. Tony Hollick, Bristo says:

      You are right to ask for a retraction.

      However, I cannot easily imagine what purpose the campaign statement had. Is any Heritage supporter seriously proposing to vote for anything other than a Republican candidate? Is any Obama supporter innocent enough to believe that Heritage is about to support the Obama campaign??

      John McCain is a decent man. What worries me is the shallow pool of competent and honourable talent that is the present "Republican" Party. Something has gone dreadfully wrong somewhere.

      At times like these, I ask myself:

      "What would Barry Goldwater do?"

      [ FX: "Vote the Obama ticket!" ]

      Regards,

      Tony Hollick

    35. Mike, Macomb,IL says:

      Now you've done it…You'll never get that Obama interview now…

    36. dennis gresham,ore says:

      Its about time someone came out with the facts about the tax plan. An not afraid to tell it like it is.

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    44. KDS in Orange Park, says:

      Commercial just aired on the FX channel (comcast – 23)at 9:15pm

    45. KDS in Orange Park, says:

      Commercial just aired on the FX channel (comcast – 23)at 9:15pm

      Not sure if you got the first attempt, had script blocking on, sorry.

    46. Brian from Florida says:

      The libs are afraid, just listen th their comments.They just cant see what a fraud this traitor is.250,000,000 million spent on campaign and a biased media and the messiah of the teleprompter is about to lose.WHAT A COUNTRY.AMERICA I LOVE IT.

    47. Dana Garner, Sacrame says:

      Steve, Dallas,

      Joe the Plumber had the right to ask the question, Obama's slip of the tongue (thank God for that) was his own fault, not Joe's. And what are you saying there? That a citizen should be intimidates and scared to death because he dared ask a question? Is this a preview of the type of Obama's America that we are going to live in? Where media and citizens will be silenced and intimidated for expressing their views. As for the fact that he might be right now in the over 250,000 USD category, how about Biden recently said 150,000, tomorrow they will say over 42,000 or so? When (if ever)they will stop lying people?? As for the texes paid or not, one of Obama's campaign treasurer, MARK Nesbitt, didn't either, he has tax liens. So do his companies. Imagine that. Makes you wonder about the Obama campaign’s fundraising shenanigans. And about what kind of people Obama would appoint to the Treasury Department if elected.

      the link to Nesbitt's tax liens below:
      http://webofdeception.com/nesbitt.html

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    52. Dan French Alta Loma says:

      If a campaign tells a lie or makes a false statement that campaign should be required to pay for a retraction of that ad on every T.V.,Radio station ect. that the ad ran and for as many times as the ad ran.

    53. Ron, 60 miles north says:

      I'm Ron the Electrician.

      Those who want to call Samuel J. Wurzelbacher (the plumber's actual name) an idiot may not be able to reach him. I, however, am available.

      The Obama campaign has committed a wrong and could do a lot for themselves by retracting that statement from their ads. But they won't do it. I think they are trying to mislead conservatives of both parties. I can stipulate that the McCain campaign may have mispoke about the PLO ties, pending further evidence. But two wrongs don't make a right. Anyone here may read the actual analysis as written and see that it is not reflected accurately at all in the ad. How much more plain must it be that the ad is erroneous? And that the Obama camp must make amends? Or do they really want a lawsuit filed against them by start of business Monday, Nov. 3?

      As for Wurzelbacher's taxes it was said that he has problems paying his taxes, as if that is supposed to diminish the value of his comments to Obama? Perhaps, the plumber is overtaxed. Maybe we are all over-taxed and may have to look forward to even more taxes.

    54. alf welch says:

      If the man had a dollar for every time he lied he could cover the national debt and even fork out to buy his misses a decent dress.

    55. Holly, West Palm Bea says:

      I saw the tax check ad and the reference to Heritage and thought, "No way". Then I Googled: "Heritage Foundation quoted on obama tax ad"… Just as I suspected. Total BS. I just don't know how this guy has pulled this off.

    56. Lawrence Houle, spri says:

      THE SHORTEST DAY OR THE LONGEST DAY

      lawrencehoule@yahoo.com

      THE END OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY AND THE IMPOSITION OF ONE PARTY RULE BY THE DEMOCRATICS – A PERMANMENT DEMOCRATIC ELECTORCIAL COLLEGE BULLET PROOF 270 MAJORITY THAT WILL RULE FOR THE NEXT HUNDRED YEARS AND BEYOND.

      WE ARE ON THE VERGE OF THE GREATEST SOCIALIST REVOLUTION SINCE COMRADE LENIN IN 1917

      THE RISE TO POLITICAL POWER OF COMMUNITY ORGANIZERS (OBAMA’S ACORN WARRIORS) AND THE CREATION OF AN EGALITERIAN SOCIETY OF EQUAL PEOPLES (ALL EQUALLY POOR)

      WILL MCCAIN BE THROWN OVERBOARD ALLOWING THE CORRUPT OBAMA AND DEMOCRATS TO TAKE OVER THE SHIP OF STATE

      Many Americans are getting ready to throw McCain – a good, honest, genuine American hero overboard back into the rice paddy and do to him politically what his Vietnamese captors did to McCain physically and impose on the United States permanent Democratic Party rule.

      12 REASONS BARRACK CHAVEZ OBAMA IS NOT THE ONE

      1. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are the causes of this financial disaster. In order to ensure that they were not regulated these corrupt companies bought off congressmen. This is corruption. In just 3 years, these corrupt companies gave Obama $123,000 to buy him off. $123,000. Obama was the second largest recipient of Fannie and Freddie corrupt donations. This is the corruption McCain has fought against his whole life. $123,000 is corruption.

      2. Earmark projects are corruption incarnate. Obama had 1 billion dollars worth of earmarks. 1 billion dollars. This is CORRUPTION RUN AMUCK. This money goes to political cronies in return for support and donations, relatives, family members. We are in this financial mess because of this kind of corruption. It created a culture of corruption that lead to the wall street debacle. Barrack Obama is at the very center of this CULTURE OF CORRUPTION. He is the WASHINGTON ESTABLISHMENT CANDIDATE. 1 billion dollars of hard earned tax payer money FLUSHED DOWN THE TOILET BOWL OF POLITICAL CORRUPTION.

      3. Barrack Obama gave his First Cousin $70,000 of tax payer money. $70,000 of hard earned tax payer money to his first cousin. We elect representatives to Congress to serve the people. Not to ENRICH themselves. Not to enrich their family members. Not to enrich their political supporters. THIS IS TRULY CORRUPTION.

      4. Obama wants to raise taxes on corporations, small businesses, capital gains. If you raise taxes in this economic crisis YOU WILL CAUSE A GREAT DEPRESSION. Business won’t create jobs. People will not invest. The 401 ks of seniors and all Americans won't be worth anything. The DOW WILL COLLAPSE TO to 4000/5000. The US will become another failed state like Venezuela. It’s that simple. If you want a SECOND GREAT DEPRESSION BARACK OBAMA IS YOUR MAN.

      5. Obama wants our troops out of Iraq in 16 months. As General Petraeus has warned such a withdrawal will lead to the collapse of the Iraqi government. Iraq is not Afghanistan. IT IS AT THE VERY CENTER OF THE OIL PRODUCING UNIVERSE. If the Iraqi government collapses, OIL PRICES WILL SOAR TO $200.00/barrel and $10.00/gallon/gas. If you want to pay $10.00/gallon/gas vote Barrack Obama.

      6. Barrack Obama called our troops fighting in Afghanistan WAR CRIMINALS. He said that they were air raiding villages and killing innocent civilians. WAR CRIMES. You cannot be commander in chief of our great armed forces and call them WAR CRIMINALS. Not only that but these statements put THE LIVES OF OUR TROOPS AT RISK.

      7. When Move On. org – a large money Barrack Obama supporter called General Petraeus – one of the greatest American generals – GENERAL BETRAYUS – Barrack Obama refused to vote on a senate motion defending this great general. You cannot be President of the United States and stand by while one of your generals is being viciously maligned. Obama did this because he didn’t want to lose the money from Move On. Barrack Obama is A COWARD.

      8. Barrack Obama gave $800.000 to a organization called Acorn. Acorn is trying to steal this election by fraudulently registering thousands and thousands of voters throughout this country – registering everything from dead people to cats, dogs. THIS IS CORRUPTION. Obama has a long and illustrious relationship with Acorn. Incredibility – ACORN leader Wade Rathke was in the Weather Underground along with Bill Ayers.

      Ladies and gentlemen of America in the rescue package of 700 billion just passed by Congress the Democrats tried to include $500,000,000 for ACORN. DO YOU HEAR WHAT I JUST SAID – 500 MILLION FOR ACORN. THATS ONE OF THE REASONS MCCAIN RUSHED BACK TO WASHINGTON TO KILL THIS FRAUDULENT FUNDING. In Chicago, Obama was involved in training Acorn activists to go to the HOMES OF BANK PRESIDENTS AND THREATEN THEM IF THEY DID NOT GIVE OUT FRAUDELENT LOANS THAT COULD NEVER BE REPAID. $500 million to Acorn by the democrats in Congress and $800,000 from Obama. Can you imagine what will happen with Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Obama in charge. Acorn will get the 500 million. 100%. Every vote is precious. It is the very essence of our democracy.

      9. Bill Ayers was a terrorist who bombed the Pentagon, police stations and homes of people trying to capture him. Obama has a long and illustrious relationship with this arch criminal and hater of the US. Obama received $50 million dollars from Ayers to indoctrinate children in Chicago in revolutionary ideology. NOT READING AND WRITING AND SCIENCE BUT REVOLUTIONARY IDEOLOGY like Chavez teaches in Venezuela . Obama says – he was just a guy living in my neighborhood. Obama doesn’t understand that as President one of your most important obligations is NOT TO LIE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

      10. Obama called the people of this country when he thought nobody was tape recording his great genius – Bitter people clinging to their bibles and their guns. You cannot denigrate the great people of this country and be their president.

      11. In order to create a PERMANENT DEMOCRATIC PARTY MAJORITY – Obama and the Democrats will FAST TRACK CITZENSHIP FOR ALL 12 to 20 million illegal immigrants. And all those who will pour into the US to share in the new STATE WELFARE STATE. This will happen immediately. Funds will be poured into ACORN to organize Chavez style American cities to create a class of permanent dependents permanently dependent on the Democrats for handouts all educated in the education of anti – capitalism revolutionary politics.

      12. By refusing to honor his agreement made to McCain and the American electorate to accept public financing, Obama is buying the Presidency. The McCain- Feingold reform imperfect as it was, at least made an attempt to take money and hence corruption out of Presidential politics. There is $200 million campaign contributions unaccounted for by Obama. By swamping the elections with money, Obama has institutionzed corruption making a farce out of democracy and the democratic principal of free and fair elections.

      Corruption is what this election is all about. McCain must demand justice. Jail the bastards. Jail them all. MUST BE THE BATTLE CRY

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