National Security

DWS: Liar

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is a liar, according to the fact-checking outlet PolitiFact.

Wasserman Schultz, who also serves as the chair of the Democratic National Committee, has been promulgating erroneous claims about the GOP-aligned Koch brothers, PolitiFact reports.

"Democrats were up against nothing short of an avalanche of secret, out-of-state and corporate special interest money amounting to a massive $31 million war chest for Governor Walker compared to just $4 million on our side," Wasserman Schultz is reported to have said earlier this month. "In fact, the Koch brothers alone gave twice as much money to Scott Walker as the total amount of money raised by Tom Barrett."

PolitiFact investigated Wasserman Schultz’s claim and found that she is a liar: "We asked Koch companies spokeswoman Melissa Cohlmia to respond to Wasserman Schultz's claim. She said neither brother personally contributed any money to Walker."

"Indeed, neither brother shows up as a donor to Walker’s campaign in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel searchable database of recall contributors."

The site goes on to tear apart Wasserman Schultz’s lie, concluding:

The Koch brothers didn’t personally give any money to Walker’s campaign. There is no proof of how much Americans for Prosperity, which gets money from the Kochs but also other sources, spent on Walker's behalf. And the leading campaign money tracker in Wisconsin estimates the AFP total as being in the $3 million range.

We rate Wasserman Schultz's claim False.