Candidates lie because they CAN
Yup, that’s right. As far as the FCC is concerned, it’s ok for the candidates for the most important job in the world to lie to you on TV but if a product sponsor exaggerates a little they’ll wind up in court.
“Laws protecting consumers from false advertising of products are enforced pretty vigorously. But there’s no such truth-in-advertising law governing federal candidates. They can legally lie about almost anything they want. In fact, the Federal Communications Act even requires broadcasters who run candidate ads to show them uncensored, even if the broadcasters believe their content to be offensive or false.”
Another good site I Stumbled Upon is ontheissues.org. This is a good one-stop for voting records and positions of all the major political players. It also has an easy to navigate locater/contact function and other juicy stuff.