ATR responded by explaining how the DCCC deliberately misled voters in Hawaii about the true intentions of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge and called the ad “blatantly false.”
FactCheck.org, a nonpartisan, nonprofit "consumer advocate" for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics, published their own review of the DCCC’s ad and agreed with ATR’s response. Brooks Jackson, director of Factcheck.org wrote:
We find the ad to be false. The pledge only protects corporations from an increase in taxation overall. It explicitly allows elimination of any specific tax deduction or credit if matched dollar-for-dollar by an overall cut in rates. And it says nothing about jobs… to characterize his [Charles Djou] opposition to raising taxes as protecting tax breaks that send jobs abroad is wrong. Any tax benefit can be eliminated and offset by a rate cut or by other benefits without raising taxes overall, and without violating the terms of that pledge. This attack ad is false.
Perhaps the DCCC should have checked with the sponsor of the Pledge before airing such a factually incorrect ad?