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PolitiFact Florida: Did Dan Webster use tax money to build a lobbyist lounge?



Democratic congressional candidate and former Orlando Police Chief Val Demings goes on the attack in a TV commercial, claiming incumbent Republican Rep. Daniel Webster "used taxpayer funds to build a lobbyist lounge."

The reality of the "lobbyist lounge" is pretty different than the boozy, smoke-filled image Demings tries to convey. As House speaker the year Republicans took over the Florida House, Webster designated an unused office in the speaker's suite for use by a few Republicans who served as minority leaders throughout decades of Democratic control. These former leaders were lobbyists.

Read why the Democrat's claim earned a Mostly False on the Truth-O-Meter.

More from PolitiFact Florida this week:

The YG Action Fund claimed that Lois Frankel, who faces Republican Adam Hasner in a Broward/Palm Beach congressional race, "took a 40 percent pay raise" as mayor as West Palm Beach lost jobs. Half True.

Hasner also returned to the Truth-O-Meter for asserting "President Obama decided not to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in New York" for the United Nations world leaders meeting. That statement is Mostly True.

The National Rifle Association claimed Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson voted for "a ban on millions of commonly owned firearms, which included many popular hunting and target rifles."  That claim is False.

Another firearms-centered attack from the group says Nelson voted to confirm Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, "who signed a Supreme Court opinion saying Americans do not have an individual right to own firearms." This claim is Mostly True -- it's a fair characterization of a dissent Sotomayor shared in a high-profile gun-rights case, but it happened a year after Nelson's confirmation vote, which dulls the link.

Read more checks at PolitiFact Florida.

[Last modified: Friday, September 28, 2012 3:12pm]


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