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PolitiFact checks dueling ads over 'paycheck protection' legislation



dueling_ads.jpgLegislation that would prohibit government unions from collecting dues through automated payroll deductions and require unions to get members to authorize political expenditures has produced dueling ads from the Florida Chamber of Commerce -- which supports the idea -- and the Florida Education Association -- which opposes it.

PolitiFact Florida watched both campaign-style television spots, and decided to analyze claims from each using the Truth-O-Meter.

The Florida Chamber of Commerce hit the airwaves first on March 29 with an ad supporting SB 830 and HB 1021, saying the bills are a way to stand with police, firefighters and teachers. The chamber ad includes stock images of firefighters, cops and teachers (including video of a teacher also used in an ad in Wisconsin) and suggests that they are struggling to make ends meet. In one scene, a man is hunched over a kitchen table with his head in his hands as a woman and a baby look on.

PolitiFact Florida checked a chamber claim that unions "take away" hard-earned money of teachers, firefighters and police officers to play politics.

On April 6, the Florida Education Association offered its rebuttal, featuring Leon County elementary school teacher Jamie Bellamy. The ad opens with a clip from the chamber's ad, then shows Bellamy standing in a classroom.

PolitiFact Florida checked a claim that "politicians and their corporate lobbyists are trying to take away my right to spend my paycheck how I want."


[Last modified: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 9:20am]


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