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McCain Campaign Lies about Obama's Voting Record on Taxes

Newsweek is carrying an article from factcheck.org about recent claims from the McCain campaign that Obama has voted for higher taxes "at least 94 times."

Tax Tally Trickery (factcheck.org)

Miscounting Obama's Tax Votes (newsweek)

From the article...

- Twenty-three were for measures that would have produced no tax increase at all; they were against proposed tax cuts.

- Seven of the votes were in favor of measures that would have lowered taxes for many, while raising them on a relative few, either corporations or affluent individuals.

- Eleven votes the GOP is counting would have increased taxes on those making more than $1 million a year – in order to fund programs such as Head Start and school nutrition programs, or veterans' health care.

- The GOP sometimes counted two, three and even four votes on the same measure. We found their tally included a total of 17 votes on seven measures, effectively padding their total by 10.

- The majority of the 94 votes – 53 of them, including some mentioned above – were on budget measures, not tax bills, and would not have resulted in any tax change. Four other votes were non-binding motions related to conference report negotiations.

This is pretty damn sleazy.. but nothing new.

If this type of claim sounds familiar, it's because George W. Bush's campaign used a similar refrain against John Kerry in 2004, charging that Kerry voted for "higher taxes" a whopping 350 times. We found that claim to be incorrect as well. This time around, Republicans are using some of the same tricky accounting to beef up the number of votes.

Part of their analysis of the voting record supports that Barack Obama has been practicing what he's preaching...

A closer look reveals that he's voted consistently to restore higher tax rates on upper-income taxpayers but not on middle- or low-income workers. That's consistent with what he's said he'd do as president, which is to raise taxes only on those making more than $250,000 a year.

If you hear anyone repeating this lie please take the time to gently correct them so we can prevent these sleazy tactics from being successful once again.

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