Ask FactCheck: Week ending Apr. 10

April 10, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
FactCheck.org answers your questions about U.S. politics.

April 10, 2009

Q: Is Snopes.com run by "very Democratic" proprietors? Did they lie to discredit a State Farm insurance agent who attacked Obama?

A: A chain email that "exposed" Snopes contains falsehoods. And in fact, the site is run by someone who has no political party affiliation, and his non-voting Canadian wife. A State Farm spokeswoman confirms what they reported about the Obama-baiting agent.

Q: Do illegal immigrants cost $338.3 billion dollars a year? More than the Iraq war?

A: A chain e-mail that makes this claim is loaded with errors and misleading assertions. Published studies vary widely but put the cost to government at a small fraction of that total.

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