“While Newt was speaker, earmarks exploded.”

Claim: “While Newt was speaker, earmarks exploded.”

Ad(s): Risk

Sponsor(s): Restore Our Future

Air Dates: Jan. 24 – Mar. 13, 2012

Total Estimated Spending On This Claim: $909,936

Markets: Dothan, Ft. Meyers, Jacksonville, Panama City, Tallahassee, Tampa, Gainesville, Miami, Mobile, Orlando, West Palm Beach, Cincinnati, Columbus (OH), Dayton, Toledo, Wheeling-Steubenville, Youngstown, Zanesville, Lima, Albany (GA), Atlanta, Augusta, Macon, Savannah, Columbus (GA), Biloxi, Birmingham, Dothan, Hattiesburg-Laurel, Huntsville, Jackson (MS), Macon, Memphis, Meridian, Montgomery, Greenwood

FactCheck.org’s Summary: “The ad’s claim that appropriations earmarks ‘exploded’ under Gingrich is an opinion. However, the ad displays text on the screen that is inaccurate. It says, ‘While Newt was speaker, earmarks nearly doubled to $14.5 billion.’ That’s not true….Earmarks did peak at $14.5 billion in fiscal year 1997, but it was an increase of 45 percent – not nearly double – compared with spending on earmarks the year before Gingrich became speaker. Also, the ad ignores that spending on earmarks went down in Gingrich’s final two years, so the last budget passed when Gingrich was speaker represented a modest 20 percent increase in earmarks over four years.’ Click here to read more

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