WICHITA, Kan. — Congressman Jerry Moran is running for a seat in the Kansas Senate. His newest ad, called "Truth Test", questions the record of his opponent, Rep. Todd Tiahrt.
Claim #1: "Desperate and trailing badly in the polls..."
FACT. According to our exclusive Fact Finder 12 Scientific Survey, Moran is ahead in the polls. He has 52 percent, with Tiahrt at 29 percent and 15 percent undecided. It's the Moran campaign that classifies that as desperate.
Claim #2: "Jerry Moran voted for the Bush tax cuts and for lower taxes more than 200 times".
The Moran campaign cites his voting record from 1997 to 2010. Eyewitness News contacted two separate tax watchdog groups to verify this information. Neither group keeps track of votes in this manner, so we are unable to determine whether this is fact.
Claim #3: "Todd Tiahrt, one of Washington's biggest spenders..."
FACT. According to the Taxpayers for Common Sense Earmark Database, for fiscal year 2010, Tiahrt ranks 35th out of 447 in a list of House Earmark Recipients. Jerry Moran ranks 199th. It's important to note that more than half of the earmarks awarded to Tiahrt were for projects also requested by other Kansas congressional leaders. Tiahrt's 63-million dollars went towards aviation-related projects, education and infrastructure, like the re-design of the Kellogg-235 interchange.