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Campaign ads use facts, figures creatively Context often lacking in television spots promoting candidates in 26th Congressional District

Sponsor: Chris Lee for Congress

What the ad says: "I'm Chris Lee, and I approve this message. Liberal trial lawyer Alice Kryzan by the numbers. Jobs created by Kryzan? Zero. Amount she wants to raise your taxes? $2,887. Number of New York jobs her high taxes would kill? 59,037. Alice Kryzan. No experience. Higher taxes. We can't afford the failed liberal policies of the past. Alice Kryzan. She'd do a number on our economy."

What the facts say: Kryzan is a lawyer, but she rarely does trial work. As a private practice attorney, she never has been in a position to create jobs, although she has represented developers. As a candidate for Congress, Kryzan supports a repeal of the 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts benefiting people who make more than $250,000 a year. She wants to keep all middle class tax cuts. The conservative Heritage Foundation claims an end to the Bush tax cuts would cost the average New Yorker $2,887 a year. The foundation also claims New York would lose 59,037 jobs. Other think tanks dispute those conclusions.

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Sponsor: Chris Lee for Congress

What the ad says: "I'm Chris Lee, and I approve this message. Liberal trial lawyer Alice Kryzan just doesn't get it. People are hurting. Our economy is struggling. And Kryzan wants to raise taxes. So inexperienced, Kryzan would raise taxes on small businesses killing jobs. So liberal, Kryzan would bring back the marriage penalty, hurting families. So wrong, Kryzan would cut child tax credits so parents pay more for every child. Alice Kryzan. Inexperienced. Liberal. Wrong."

What the facts say: Kryzan's support for an end to the 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts benefiting the wealthy is viewed by Lee as a tax increase that hits hard on small businesses. Some small businesses - Democrats say the number is small - might end up paying more taxes if the Bush tax cuts are repealed.

Lee's ad also assumes that Kryzan's support for a repeal of some of those tax cuts means she favors expanding the marriage penalty and ending child tax credits, two aspects of those tax cuts. Kryzan never has indicated that in her public comments and now says she would keep those elements of the Bush tax cuts.

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Sponsor: Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

What the ad says: "NAFTA has already cost New York over 50,000 jobs. But congressional candidate Chris Lee chose to employ labor in China, work that could have been done right here. Lee tried to hide the facts, removing all mention of his company employing workers in China from his campaign Web site, hoping you wouldn't learn the truth. Chris Lee. A record of employing labor in China we can't afford. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is responsible for the content of this advertising."

What the facts say: The ad mentions the North American Free Trade Agreement but never explains its relevance to Lee or trade with China.

The Lee family business had a facility in China, but the campaign says the operation was limited to Asian sales and marketing efforts, plus some assembly work. The campaign says the products assembled in China were sold only in Asia, never here, and not a single local job ever was exported to China. The company, in fact, employed 338 people when it was sold last year, up from 85 in 1989.

As for the allegation that Lee tried to hide his company's role in China, the campaign acknowledges changing his Web site biography earlier this year. The change replaced the one mention of China with Asia.

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Sponsor: Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

What the ad says: "Congressional candidate Chris Lee hid the facts about his company employing labor in China. Even worse, Lee made a fortune from the sale of his company to a corporation he knew sent sensitive national defense technology to China and then admitted the crime and paid a $100 million penalty. Federal prosecutors said the crime jeopardized the safety of our military. Chris Lee. Putting profits ahead of us. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is responsible for the content of this advertising."

What the facts say: Lee joined Enidine Inc., a family owned business, in 1995 and was a minority shareholder when his father sold the parent company, International Motion Control, to ITT Corp. for $395 million last year. By all accounts, the sale left Lee a wealthy man.

The sale occurred six years after a separate division of ITT gave away classified information, including technology related to the military's latest night vision equipment, to China. ITT agreed to $100 million in fines and forfeitures as part of a federal court plea deal last year.

News Staff Reporter Phil Fairbanks contributed to this project.

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