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PolitiFact Florida: Sorting through those attack ads

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August

Fueled by unprecedented amounts of money and a bottomless barrel of attacks, the primary campaigns for governor and U.S. Senate have trapped Floridians in two escalating TV ad wars.

Attack, after attack, after attack.

In the Republican primary for governor, self-made millionaire Rick Scott is carpeting television screens with accusations that Attorney General Bill McCollum voted in Congress to raise taxes and fees 42 times.

And McCollum and his advocates are claiming in ads that Scott, a former health care executive, is profiting off porn, illegal immigrants and fraud.

In the Senate race, Democrats Jeff Greene and Kendrick Meek are using their 30-second spots to debate who, essentially, is a bigger crook.

And that may be putting it kindly.

PolitiFact Florida has seen every ad of this unique campaign season and fact-checked claims from many of them.

What they found is maybe what you'd expect — distortions of the truth. Read their take here.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 11:20am]

    

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