How many states again?

American Crossroads is one of those political action committees that likes to communicate via TV ads. They may be fine folks, I don't know. What I do know is that they seem confused about the number of states in America. In the ad slamming Harry Reid, the narrator says:
Recent data show Nevada ranks 50th in the money received from Harry's stimulus bill. That's right -- Senate leader Harry Reid has gotten his own state less help than every other state but one
But one? Huh? If you rank 50th, and one state is worse, that means America has 51 states. Didn't someone involved in this production notice this? Watch the ad for yourself, above.


  1. Most likely, the ranking they took things from compared the stimulus money received by each state and the District of Columbia. Since I suspect stimulus funding wasn't going to the various unincorporated territories, this seems reasonable.

    If so, it's completely reasonable for Nevada to have come in fiftieth on this list, and yet have received less stimulus money than every state but one. (In fact, it's likely, since DC probably got more stimulus money than at least one state.)

    They don't say that it was fiftieth "among states" in getting stimulus money--just that it was fiftieth.

  2. There is a tiny disclaimer at the bottom that says "includes District of Columbia" but it still has a certain amount of humour to it. Especially because a lot of people probably wouldn't catch on. As a Candian living in the US, I can't tell you how many people legitimately believe that Canada is a State.

  3. I think what they were saying in all of the 50 States, Nevada is dead last but among the other 49 States there is ONE OF THOSE STATES that comes close to Nevada..