Claim: “Baldwin ‘even attacked the NYPD for monitoring Islamic extremists.'” (WI Senate Race)
Ad(s): “Tammy Baldwin’s Extremism”
Sponsor(s): The Emergency Committee for Israel
Air Dates: 10/11-pres.
Total Estimated Spending On This Claim: $72,130
Markets: Green Bay, La Crosse, Milwaukee
Stations: WBAY, WFRV, WGBA, WLUK, WEAU, WDJT, WISN, WITI, WTMJ
FactCheck.org Summary: “The claim refers to a secret intelligence operation set up by the NYPD after 9/11 to infiltrate Muslim communities in the New York region. The Associated Press won a Pulitzer Prize for revealing the existence and scope of the operation, which went beyond New York and monitored more than just ‘extremists.’ Some critics accused the NYPD of racial profiling, but we found no instance in which Baldwin ever did. [Noah] Pollak [executive director of the Emergency Committee for Israel] could not provide us with any evidence that Baldwin ever made any statement critical of the NYPD program.”