Ask FactCheck: Week ending July 18

July 18, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
FactCheck.org answers your questions about U.S. politics.

July 18, 2008

Q: Are the Democrats correct in stating that oil companies are leasing 68 million acres in the U.S. that are not being used?
A: Not exactly. More than 4,700 new holes are being drilled on current onshore leases.

Q: What is the average size of Obama's contributions and what is the average size of McCain's contributions?
A: We can't calculate a precise average for either candidate, but we can say that persons giving less than $200 account for 47 percent of Obama's donations and 26 percent of McCain's.

Q: Does McCain have a perfect voting record according to veterans' groups?
A: Well, the two groups McCain cited at a recent town hall event don't even dole out ratings. He has received awards from those groups, however.

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