“The boss of [GSA] ‘couldn’t make it to Vegas because she had meetings planned…at Solyndra.'”

Claim: “The boss of the General Services Administration ‘couldn’t make it to Vegas because she had meetings planned…at Solyndra.'”

Ad(s): On the Hook

Sponsor(s): American Future Fund

Air Dates: Apr. 24-28, 2012

Total Estimated Spending On This Claim:  $307,173

 

FactCheck.org’s Summary:  The ad strains the facts when seeking to tie together the Solyndra bankruptcy, which likely will cost taxpayers nearly $535 million, and the GSA scandal. The ad says that “in an ironic twist,” the GSA administrator “couldn’t make it to Vegas because she had meetings planned … at Solyndra.” But that was based on an inaccurate April 10 report, which was corrected a day later and nearly two weeks before the ad first aired. Click here to read more

Washington Post Factchecker Summar:  It unaccountably cites a news organization (ABC News) for an April 10 report that turned out to be wrong – that GSA Administrator Martha Johnson skipped the Las Vegas meeting because she had meetings planned at Solyndra, which received stimulus funding but later went bankrupt. Click here to read more