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Democrats’ Attack Ad in Georgia Rated ‘Mostly False’

The ad was designed to mislead voters about Karen Handel’s budget as secretary of state, but fact-checkers point out budget increases were offset by cuts elsewhere.

Democrat Jon Ossoff and his allies announced a whopping ad buy last week as his campaign gears up for a June 20 runoff election in Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District against Republican Karen Handel.

But at least one of those ads turned out to be a whopper in and of itself. Notorious fact checker PolitiFact took a look at a recent Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) ad that alleged Handel, as Georgia’s secretary of state, increased her budget by 42 percent.

It turns out that’s “Mostly False,” according to PolitiFact:

The ad’s statement contains an element of truth, but leaves out critical facts that would give a different impression. We rate the claim Mostly False.

In its ruling, PolitiFact noted that the DCCC’s ad neglected to mention that any rise in Handel’s administrative budget “was offset by cuts elsewhere.” Despite the DCCC’s misleading ad, Handel’s budget is unlikely to rankle many Georgia voters.