These media sources are moderately to strongly biased toward conservative causes through story selection and/or political affiliation. They may utilize strong loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes), publish misleading reports and omit reporting of information that may damage conservative causes. Some sources in this category may be untrustworthy. See all Right Bias sources.
- Overall, we rate America Rising PAC Right Biased based on story selection and political advocacy that always favors the Republican Party. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to a failed fact check and the occasional use of poor sources.
Factual Reporting: MIXED
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Launched in 2013 by former Mitt Romney campaign manager Matt Rhoades, former RNC spokesman Tim Miller, and former RNC research director and current America Rising CEO Joe Pounder, America Rising PAC is a GOP research group, which describes its purpose on their about page as “exposing the truth about Democrats through video tracking, research, and strategic communications.” Ballotpedia reports that they provide opposition research to paying clients. America Rising is a PAC, which means they “have a $5,000 per person cap on donations and cannot accept money from corporations or unions.”
Funded by / Ownership
America Rising PAC does not provide information regarding revenue on the website.
Desmogblog reports “America Rising PAC had a budget of $8 million for 2014.” This revenue comes from donations and due to their 501(c)4 nonprofit status they do not have to disclose its donors. The HuffPost reports “Most of its operating revenue will come from clients -– federal party committees, state parties, candidate campaigns, super PACs -– that want the group’s information and are willing to pay for it. America Rising has set itself up to be run like a private enterprise.”
A review of Open Secrets lists some of their top donors like Paul Singer, Linda McMahon, Hedge-fund billionaire Kenneth Griffin, a self-described “Reagan Republican”, Health insurance executive Mike Fernandez, who became a billionaire in the HMO business before becoming a major Republican donor.
Analysis / Bias
In review, America Rising publishes research on Democratic candidates and politicians. This research tends to be republished articles from other sources. For instance, under the “Research” tab they published this story from the strongly right biased RedState: Joe Biden’s Past Abortion Comments Draw Devastating Headlines and Fury from the Left. Under the “Take Action” tab they display voting surveys and petitions that favor the right. Under the “news” tab they republish news articles that are not favorable to Democrats. They use a wide range of sources such as the left-leaning Washington Post and right-leaning Washington Free Beacon.
In 2017, America Rising, through its lawyer, sought e-mails of career employees of the Environmental Protection Agency who criticized President Donald Trump or EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. The e-mail requests provoked fears of political retribution and was described by critics as a “witch hunt.”
Failed Fact Checks
Overall, we rate America Rising PAC Right Biased based on story selection and political advocacy that always favors the Republican Party. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to a failed fact check and the occasional use of poor sources. (M. Huitsing 6/19/2019) Updated (6/4/2020)