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FACT CHECK FALSE: Rodney Davis Gets Called Out for Lying about Betsy Dirksen Londrigan

“False.” “Misleading.” “False.” That’s what KMOV found of the claims made in Congressman Rodney Davis’ latest attack ad against Betsy Dirksen Londrigan.

Statement from DCCC Spokesperson Courtney Rice:

“It’s no surprise that Rodney Davis is lying to voters. He’ll do anything to distract from his disastrous health care votes and his record of putting himself and his special interest donors ahead of Central Illinoisans.”

KMOV Fact Check

“The ad begins by saying, “Betsy Londrigan is lying to you,” then using a quote of her saying, “I have not taken any money from Speaker Madigan.”

The narrator continues, “The truth is Madigan spent nearly $300,000 to elect Londrigan.”

That $300,000 did not come from the controversial Illinois Speaker of the House, but from the Democratic Party of Illinois.

While Madigan is the chairman of the party, the group party is dedicated to electing Democrats to offices in all of Illinois and makes donations to numerous Democratic candidates.

So that claim is false.

The next claim in the ad states, “Londrigan also takes money from corporate lobbyists, even big pharma, breaking her promise not to accept corporate dollars.”

This is misleading, but complicated.

Londrigan has never denied taking money from corporate lobbyists as individuals, just as her opponent Rodney Davis has done.

But Londrigan made a pledge to not take any corporate PAC money, which she has not done according to the outside organization tracking the small number of candidates who made that same pledge.

For the record, Davis does accept corporate PAC money.

So that claim, that Londrigan broke her promise not to accept corporate dollars, is false.

The final claim in the ad says, “Those negative ads against Rodney Davis are paid for by corporate cash. A Madigan Machine politician, Betsy Londrigan is lying to get elected.”

Again, Londrigan’s top contributors are not corporate PACs, and while Londrigan did run against Davis in 2018, she has never held a political office.”


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