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Political commercials: Let the buyer beware

August 29, 2012
Lehigh Acres Citizen

To the editor:

In 2012, we should adapt that to say: Let the Voter Beware. Southwest Florida is the fifth- to seventh-largest advertising market for the Republican Party this year. Some commercials have been misleading; some commercials have been outright lies. So how do viewers know whom or what to believe? Check anything you want to check for truth with

Here is a list of dubious superPAC advertisers: 60Plus, Restore Our Future, Crossroads and Crossroads Grassroots; U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Americans for Prosperity; New Majority Agenda; and American Crossroads. All of the above superPACs are out of control, thanks to the Supreme Court Citizens United ruling defending corporations as people.

Among advertisements from such groups, it is a whopper of a lie to say that President Obama has taken the work requirement out of welfare.

His is another cheap attempt to discredit our president, and has been proven as much by multiple fact-check organizations. Yet the lies persist.

Let your fact-checking and verification be your voter's guide. Please vote. A lot of bad choices happened in 2010 because some people stayed home. This election is about what we are as nation, and as a people. Do your homework, and let your voice be heard.

Joan Patterson

Lehigh Acres



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