The reach of the Internet is such that tactics that may have worked well once might not work so well now. Case in point, Kari Chisholm's amusing find on the Oregon legislative press release depository, showing identical press releases - identical, including quotes, except for the name of the senator - giving credit for a bill to each of a number of Republicans.
Problem being that none of them (none of those listed in Chisholm's piece at least) floor sponsored the bill, or even signed on as formal sponsors.
(A question for Republican readers: Can you find a counterpart case for Democratic legislators, in Oregon or elsewhere? No instance comes to mind, but we wouldn't be surprised if one or more exists. There are, however, variations: Members of Congress of both parties routinely proclaim how they delivered money and projects back to their districts, or performed various other herculean tasks. Maybe they did, sometimes. But many are certainly, how you say, exaggerations.)
News media reporters really should be catching, and reporting on, this kind of stuff.