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10/13/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Sleazeshow: Politics and Dirty Tricks 2008

Mailboxes both electronic and physical are being stuffed with sleaze and dirty political material this election season. You know, those fliers, leaflets or emails that slime one or the other presidential candidates as a baby killer, a sex fiend, a serial tax raiser, or as a pantywaist coddler of terrorists or commies. Some of it is generated by campaigns and organizations, others are produced by supporters. As a public service we are asking our OffTheBus readers to send along what they're receiving. Here are some samples. Hold your nose.

We at OffTheBus are not promoting or endorsing any of this material. But it exists, and we think you have a right to see what others are seeing. OffTheBus encourages you to use the comment section below at each of the entries to fact-check the material. Below is a list of organizations and websites that debunk material like this.


There are a number of websites dedicated to determining if what politicians, candidates and others say is true or not. If you hear shady information and want to check out if it's true, try searching one of these sites: the Annenberg Political Fact Check, a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania; the Washington Post's The Fact Checker; PolitiFact From St. Petersburg Times and Congressional Quarterly; and Snopes.com investigates urban legends. Factcheck.barackobama.com is the Obama campaign's official website devoted to debunking malicious rumors about the Senator. JohnMcCain.com lists McCain's official positions.