“Half a billion [went] to a car company that created hundreds of jobs in Finland”

Claim:“Half a billion to a car company that created hundreds of jobs in Finland”

Ad(s): Wasteful Spending

Sponsor(s): Americans For Prosperity

Air Dates: Apr. 27 – May 13, 2012

Total Estimated Spending On This Claim:    $868,396 ($1,736,793 Total)

Markets:   Albuquerque, Cedar Rapids, Charlotesville, Cleveland, Colorado Springs, Columbus (OH), Des Moines, Detriot, Flint, Ft. Meyers, Grand Junction, Grand Rapids, Jacksonville, Lansing, Las Vegas, Orlando, Reno, Richmond, Tampa, Toledo, West Palm Beach

Factcheck.org Summary: Actually, the first round of government loans to Fisker Automotive went toward design, engineering, sales and marketing work done in the U.S. It’s true that the cars it has built so far were made in Finland, but a second round of funding has gone for development of a second, less-costly line of cars that the company plans to build in a shuttered GM facility in Delaware. Click here to read more

Washington Post Fact Checker Summary: Another claim – “half a billion to a car company that created hundreds of jobs in Finland” – cites ABC News. That report focused on the fact that engineering and tooling work for a new electric vehicle – funded through the Energy Department – was being done in the United States, but that the vehicles are being assembled at a plant in Finland because the United States did not have right facilities. But ABC noted that Fisker will “ultimately produce 2,500 more jobs when Fisker builds a lower-priced version of the car in Delaware.”   Click here to read more