Ohio Democratic Party Vice Chair Rhine McLin Elected to National Leadership Role

McLin to Serve as Midwest Vice Chair of Association of State Democratic Chairs

MINNEAPOLIS – As a testament to the importance of Ohio for Democrats across the country, Ohio Democratic Party Vice Chair Rhine McLin today was elected by her peers to serve as the Midwest Vice Chair of the Association of State Democratic Chairs during the Democratic National Committee’s summer meeting in Minneapolis, Minn.

“I’m looking forward to working with Democratic vice chairs from across the country in this new leadership role,” said McLin. “We recognize the importance of Ohio, and we take our role very seriously. Ohio Democrats helped to win the White House for President Obama twice, and we will play a critical role in 2016. I hope to learn as much as I can from my colleagues, bring best practices here to Ohio and advocate effectively for the Midwest states to receive time, attention and resources from the DNC and our 2016 nominee.”

A Dayton native, McLin has a long history of active community involvement. In 2002, she became the third African-American mayor and the first woman mayor in the city’s history. She previously served six years in the Ohio House of Representatives from 1988 to 1994 and became the first African-American woman to serve in the state Senate, with her election to Ohio’s 5th Senate District in 1994.

“I couldn’t have a better partner at the Ohio Democratic Party than Rhine McLin,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “We are working hard to build an infrastructure that will help Ohio Democrats up and down the ballot win in 2015 and beyond.”

 

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Portman Free Trade Agenda Robs Hancock County of Est. 2,000 Jobs

Cooper Tire Has Lost an Estimated 1,000 Jobs to Portman-Style Free Trade

COLUMBUS – U.S. Sen. Rob Portman announced a stop at Cooper Tire in Hancock County today, but what Portman didn’t tell Ohioans is that his free-trade agenda has robbed an estimated 1,000 jobs from Cooper Tire and an estimated 2,000 jobs from Hancock County.

Senator Portman’s outsourcing agenda has cost Hancock County more than 2,000 jobs – nearly 700 to Mexico and Canada alone after Portman called NAFTA a proven success,” said Ohio Democratic Party spokeswoman Jennifer Donohue. “Now Senator Portman wants to talk tough on China when he let our trade deficit with China soar 20 percent on his watch. And while Portman collects campaign checks from Washington special interests who support his outsourcing agenda, it’s Ohio workers who pay the price.”

Portman, the former top trade negotiator for President George W. Bush, has voted for every single free trade agreement that’s ever come before him. Just recently, Portman was caught Fast-Tracking the massive, new Pacific Trade Agreement without bothering to read it.

Five Facts Portman Doesn’t Want Hancock County to Know

  1. Cooper Tire has lost an estimated 1,131 jobs to imports and outsourcing, according to Trade Adjustment Assistance numbers. [Public Citizen, TAA Database, Accessed 8/24/15]

  1. The town of Findlay has lost an estimated 1,800 jobs to imports and outsourcing, according to Trade Adjustment Assistance numbers. [Public Citizen, TAA Database, Accessed 8/24/15]

  1. Hancock County has lost an estimated 2,093 jobs to imports and outsourcing, according to Trade Adjustment Assistance numbers. [Public Citizen, TAA Database, Accessed 8/24/15]

  1. 683 of those jobs were outsourced to Canada or Mexico after Portman championed NAFTA. [Public Citizen, TAA Database, Accessed 8/24/15]

  1. While Portman was U.S. Trade Representative from 2005-2006, the trade deficit with China soared up $228 billion, an increase of more than 20 percent. Yet Portman failed to crack down on China’s unfair trade practices, even drawing criticism for his inaction from the libertarian Cato Institute.  And as a result, Ohio workers lost jobs: A 2014 study showed that Ohio had lost more than 100,000 jobs due to the trade deficit with China –  77,000 in manufacturing alone. [Cleveland Plain Dealer, 12/11/14; Economic Policy Institute, 12/11/14]

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ICYMI: Every Major Editorial Board In Ohio Has Decried Kasich Administration’s Charter School Mess

Newspapers Across the State Have Endorsed Call for Independent Investigation Into Charter School Data Scrubbing

COLUMBUS — Over the past month and amid stonewalling of public records requests, every major newspaper in Ohio has published editorials calling for an independent investigation into whether a top Kasich official broke state law and who else in the administration was involved with scrubbing charter school evaluations.

The Akron Beacon Journal (twice!), Columbus Dispatch, Cincinnati Enquirer, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Youngstown Vindicator, Canton Repository and Toledo Blade have all editorialized on the burgeoning charter school scandal engulfing the Kasich administration.

Read more…

When will the public see its records?” Akron Beacon Journal, Aug. 25, 2015

John Kasich subscribes to the theory of a rogue offender in the Ohio Department of Education. The governor deems “political” the calls to look deeper into David Hansen doctoring the grades of charter schools so they would remain in position to add students and thus collect additional state money.

“I mean, the guy’s gone. He’s gone,” the governor declared, as if Hansen admitting his deed and resigning as the head of the school choice and accountability office ends the matter. Legitimate questions remain. They start with whether other officials, in particular, Richard Ross, the state school superintendent, had anything to do with altering the grading system.

Perhaps Hansen acted alone. Yet the way this governor and fellow Republicans in charge at the Statehouse have coddled many in the charter school industry, there is much room for skepticism about the claim. More, some state school board members see possible violations of the law, which requires the full inclusion of grades in evaluations.

The job of investigating is ripe for the state inspector general.

Time for a fresh look | Charter-school evaluation panel can be beneficial, should avoid politics,” Columbus Dispatch, Aug. 24, 2015

Appointing an independent panel to evaluate Ohio charter-school sponsors is a needed step, in the wake of the discovery that a recent evaluation was rigged.

The State Board of Education should see that the panel moves expeditiously and doesn’t become bogged down in politics or side issues that distract it from the main goal: accurately evaluating the academic performance of specific charters.

Seven board members, six Democrats and one Republican, have called for additional scrutiny of David Hansen’s report and whether he acted alone. State Auditor Dave Yost declined to have his office do an audit, as he said the issue was disclosed and corrected quickly, resulting in no financial harm to the state.

However, those seven on the state board are correct: Until the issue is thoroughly vetted in a transparent manner, a cloud will remain over the process.

Charting a course toward reform,” Cincinnati Enquirer, Aug. 23, 2105

In Ohio, where charter schools take in about $1 billion of taxpayer money, some of them have instead taken advantage of the state’s lax accountability rules to prioritize profits over student performance.

That’s unacceptable, and a disservice to taxpayers, parents and students.

What’s more, it’s galling to see state lawmakers and Gov. John Kasich drag their feet on holding charter schools accountable. A trio of scathing reports released in December showed Ohio’s lax charter school law allowed some private operators to produce poor results, and there have been several state and federal investigations into cozy ties among schools, vendors and nonprofit umbrella organizations. Ohio’s charter school law gives state officials few tools to police charter schools. The job is made even harder when charter schools’ evaluations are whitewashed. On July 18, David Hansen, the schools choice director for the Ohio Department of Education, resigned after he admitted to excluding some charter schools’ failing grades that would’ve tugged down their evaluation scores.

The next steps should be obvious: An outside investigation should determine the extent of Hansen’s harmful action and whether others within ODE had knowledge of it, and state law must be reformed to ensure Ohio isn’t home to charter school companies that prioritize profit over student performance.

State Board of Education should keep pressing for answers on state’s attempted online-school favors,” Cleveland Plain Dealer, Aug. 16, 2015

Coincidence One: Online charter schools (“e-schools”) are particularly well-connected politically with Kasich’s administration. Top officials of the for-profit charter schools to which many of the online schools are affiliated — such as Akron-based White Hat Management’s David Brennan — are also generous with campaign donations, particularly to the GOP.

Coincidence Two: Hansen’s wife, Beth Hansen, was Kasich’s chief of staff. She now manages Kasich’s presidential campaign.

David Hansen’s resignation spurred seven of the board’s eight elected members to demand an independent investigation of his actions. Ross, in response, said he’d call in outside educators to make sure charter school evaluations are accurate.

But those concerned board members want an independent probe because they say Ross, as Hansen’s boss, shared responsibility for Hansen’s work.

They also want to determine if Ross played any role when, in June, General Assembly Republicans, acting at warp speed, and without prior notice, rushed Amended Substitute House Bill 70 to Kasich’s desk, giving the state complete control of Youngstown’s schools — and, potentially, of other public school districts in Ohio that persistently fail.

Now comes Coincidence Three: Kasich told The Columbus Dispatch he thinks the board, as now picked and structured, gives “some people … a useful way to run through political agendas” – as if Kasich has never had any himself.

Kasich should appoint special panel to study state board of education,” Youngstown Vindicator, Aug. 16, 2015

We have called for an independent investigation into Hansen’s actions with the following question forming the basis of the probe: Was he acting alone, or was he following orders from higher ups?

To us, the question is even more pertinent because Hansen, who resigned as the School Choice director for the Ohio Department of Education, is married to Beth Hansen, chief of staff to the governor.

Beth Hansen has taken a leave of absence from her job in the governor’s office to work for Kasich’s 2016 presidential campaign.

Investigate Ohio Department of Education,” Canton Repository, Aug. 9, 2015

What Ross, Gunlock and Kasich, who appointed both of them, cannot do is treat this situation with indifference. Kasich this week referred to the demand for an investigation as “political.” But what’s more political: Scrubbing the grades of failing charter schools so sponsors look better or demanding the transparency and accountability that’s necessary so these schools can successfully educate the thousands of students they serve?

Ohio’s charter chaos,” Toledo Blade, Aug. 9, 2015

As the start of the school year approaches, who is cleaning up Ohio’s wretched charter school system?

Not the Republican-controlled Ohio House. Its members fled the Statehouse for summer vacation without enacting a bill approved by the GOP-majority Senate that would have strengthened the state’s notoriously lax regulation of charter schools.

Not Gov. John Kasich, despite his warning in his State of the State message last February that he would work to prohibit charter operators “from sponsoring new schools if they’re not doing their job.” Mr. Kasich is spending more time these days pursuing the Republican presidential nomination than charter school reform. Last week, he dismissed the charter controversy as “just a political thing.”

‘Prime suspect’ at the state Department of Education,” Akron Beacon Journal, Aug. 6, 2015

John Kasich broke from his presidential campaign this week to dismiss the concerns of seven members of the state school board. “It’s just a political thing,” the governor told the Columbus Dispatch. “You just shake your head that people aren’t grown up enough to know that education’s not about adults, it’s about children.”

Yes, it is, and those children deserve a state Department of Education dedicated to a complete and honest evaluation of school performance. Perhaps the distracted governor doesn’t realize that an official in his administration, at the education department, violated the law. Those school board members want to know more about how that official came to fudge the grades of charter school sponsors so they would look better and, more, would not jeopardize their capacity to add students and thus collect more public dollars.

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Ohio Democratic Party Statement on Passing of Columbiana County Democratic Chairman

Dennis Johnson Led Columbiana Dems for 20+ Years

COLUMBUS – The Ohio Democratic Party today released the following statement on the passing of Dennis Johnson, chairman of the Columbiana County Democratic Party for the past 24 years:

“The entire Ohio Democratic Party family is heartbroken about the passing of Columbiana County Democratic Party Chairman Denny Johnson,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “For more than two decades Denny led the Columbiana County Democrats with compassion and a commitment to public service. He never forgot what unites us all as Democrats — a vision of America where everyone has a fighting chance at making it into the middle class and staying there. He was a strong advocate for the working families of Columbiana County. Our thoughts and prayers are with Denny’s wife, Marion, and their three children. But as we mourn, we also celebrate the chairman’s life of service, and the difference it made for the people of Ohio.”

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Koch Industries Spent Up To $40 Million Lobbying On Pacific Trade Deal

Dark Money Ad Propping Up Portman Connected to Outsourcing

COLUMBUS – As U.S. Sen. Rob Portman welcomes the notorious Koch brothers to Ohio this week, research uncovers the billionaires have spent up to $40 million lobbying on the free trade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

“We knew the Koch brothers were desperate to buy this Senate seat for Rob Portman and now we know why,” said Ohio Democratic Party spokeswoman Jennifer Donohue. “Millionaire Rob Portman looks after the billionaires in the Senate, they look after him on the campaign trail, and meanwhile no one is looking out for working people in Ohio.”

  • Koch industries have outsourced American jobs, with as many at 3,000 Koch workers losing their jobs to outsourcing or negative effects of trade.

  • In fact, just one month after buying one company, the Kochs laid off 175 American workers and sent their jobs to Mexico – which is part of the NAFTA free trade deal Portman championed.

Portman is scheduled to speak at the Kochs’ summit in Columbus, Ohio, Saturday.

The Koch brothers spent $1.4 million this week on misleading attack ads against former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland, who leads Portman in the latest public polling. Portman has taken $12,000 from the Koch brothers and their PAC.

Koch Industries Has Spent Up To $42.9 Million Lobbying On The Trans-Pacific Partnership

KOCH INDUSTRIES HAS SPENT YEARS AND UP TO $42.9 MILLION LOBBYING ON THE TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP

2013-15: Koch Industries Reported Spending Up To $42.9 Million Lobbying On The Trans-Pacific Partnership. From 2013 to 2015, a Koch Industries subsidiary spent $42.9 million lobbying the U.S. Senate on issues including the Trans-Pacific Partnership. This finding is detailed in the table below:

Registrant Name

Filing Type

Amount Reported

Date Posted

Filing Year

Koch Companies Public Sector, LLC

FIRST QUARTER REPORT

$2,800,000

4/17/2015

2015

Koch Companies Public Sector, LLC

FIRST QUARTER AMENDMENT

$2,800,000

7/17/2015

2015

Koch Companies Public Sector, LLC

SECOND QUARTER REPORT

$2,740,000

7/17/2015

2015

Koch Companies Public Sector, LLC

FOURTH QUARTER REPORT

$4,340,000

1/16/2015

2014

Koch Companies Public Sector, LLC

FIRST QUARTER REPORT

$2,700,000

4/18/2014

2014

Koch Companies Public Sector, LLC

FIRST QUARTER AMENDMENT

$2,670,000

7/17/2015

2014

Koch Companies Public Sector, LLC

FOURTH QUARTER AMENDMENT

$4,320,000

7/17/2015

2014

Koch Companies Public Sector, LLC

SECOND QUARTER AMENDMENT

$2,700,000

7/17/2015

2014

Koch Companies Public Sector, LLC

THIRD QUARTER AMENDMENT

$4,010,000

7/17/2015

2014

Koch Companies Public Sector, LLC

SECOND QUARTER REPORT

$2,730,000

7/18/2014

2014

Koch Companies Public Sector, LLC

THIRD QUARTER REPORT

$4,030,000

10/17/2014

2014

Koch Companies Public Sector, LLC

FOURTH QUARTER REPORT

$2,460,000

1/17/2014

2013

Koch Companies Public Sector, LLC

FOURTH QUARTER AMENDMENT

$2,460,000

4/18/2014

2013

Koch Companies Public Sector, LLC

THIRD QUARTER REPORT

$2,140,000

10/18/2013

2013

Total:

$42,900,000

[U.S. Senate Lobbying Disclosure Database, Client: “Koch,” Issue: “Trans-Pacific Partnership,” Accessed 8/18/15]

KOCH BROTHERS COMPANIES HAVE OUTSOURCED U.S. JOBS OVERSEAS

Bloomberg: “About 3,000 U.S. Jobs Lost At Koch Industries-Owned Companies Over The Past Decade Can Be Attributed To Offshoring Or Competition From Imports.” “About 3,000 U.S. jobs lost at Koch Industries-owned companies over the past decade can be attributed to offshoring or competition from imports. That’s according to a Bloomberg News tally based on an analysis of Department of Labor documents provided by American Bridge 21st Century, a group allied with Democrats. It includes 342 at an Invista plant in Waynesboro, Virginia, and about 258 at Georgia-Pacific facilities in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and Halsey, Oregon.” [Bloomberg, 9/2/14]

SPOTLIGHT: KOCH INDUSTRIES LAID OFF 175 WORKERS ONE MONTH AFTER BUYING COMPANY, SENDING JOBS TO MEXICO

April 2004: Koch Industries Bought Textile Manufacturer Invista. “The Waynesboro plant was a DuPont facility until earlier this year. DuPont created a subsidiary, called Invista, last year for much of its textiles products. Invista was sold to Koch Industries in April for $4.4 billion.” [Staunton Daily News Leader, 11/7/04]

May 2004: Invista Announced Layoffs At Tennessee Plant One Month After Koch Industries’ Purchase. “About 175 of the 700 employees at the Hixson plant of nylon and Lycra maker Invista will lose their jobs in a cutback of nylon production. The plant in Chattanooga was operated by DuPont for 55 years until it was purchased April 30 by Wichita, Kan.” [Associated Press, 5/20/04]

The U.S. Court Of International Trade Said The Invista Layoffs Were Due To A “Shift In Production To Mexico.” “The 2004 shift in production to Mexico led to widespread layoffs of production workers and support personnel at the Chattanooga plant. Invista management filed a petition for TAA and ATAA benefits on behalf of the terminated workers, which the Labor Department granted.” [Memorandum Opinion, U.S. Court of International Trade, Case No. 1:07-cv-00160, Former Employees of Invista, S.A.R.L. v. United States Department of Labor, Filed 10/09/09]

In 2004, The Department Of Labor Certified That The Workers Who Were Fired Between June 7, 2003, And August 20, 2006, Were Eligible For Trade Adjustment Assistance. “Workers of Invista, S.A.R.L., formerly doing business as Invista Dupont, Nylon Division, a subsidiary of Koch Industries, including on-site leased workers from Chattanooga General Services, Inc., and Stratus, Inc., 4501 North Access Road, Chattanooga, Tennessee, engaged in employment related to the production of nylon filament fibers, type-32, type-74 and type-95, who became totally or partially separated from employment on or after June 7, 2003, through two years from the date of certification are eligible to apply for adjustment assistance under Section 223 of the Trade Act of 1974, and are also eligible to apply for alternative trade adjustment assistance under Section 246 of the Trade Act of 1974.” [U.S. Department of Labor, TAA Decision 55055, 8/20/04]

  • The Department Of Labor Determined That The Workers Lost Their Jobs Due To A “Shift In Production” To Mexico. “After careful review of the facts obtained in the investigation, I determine that there was a shift in production of nylon filament fibers type-32, type-74 and type-95 from the workers’ firm or subdivision to Mexico of articles that are like or directly competitive with those produced by the subject firm or subdivision.” [U.S. Department of Labor, TAA Decision 55055, 8/20/04]

THE KOCH BROTHERS HAVE HEAVILY SUPPORTED PORTMAN’S CAMPAIGN

August 2015: Americans For Prosperity, A Koch Brothers Organization, Spent $1.4 Million Against Strickland. [Washington Post, 8/18/15]

Portman’s Campaign Has Taken $12,000 From The Koch Brothers And Their PAC. From April to June 2015, Portman took $3,900 from Charles G. Koch and the Koch Industries PAC. In this election cycle, Portman has taken $12,400 from those two entities. These contributions are detailed in the table below:

Contributor

Date

Amount

Cycle-To-Date

Charles G. Koch

4/10/2015

$200

$5,400

Charles G. Koch

4/10/2015

$2,700

$5,400

Koch Industries Inc. PAC

6/2/2015

$1,000

$7,000

Total:

$3,900

$12,400

[Federal Elections Commission, Portman For Senate, Filed 7/15/15]

PORTMAN RECIPROCATED, ATTENDING A KOCH BROTHERS RALLY AND VOTING TO FAST-TRACK TPP WITHOUT READING IT

Portman Is Scheduled To Speak At August 2015 Koch Brothers Event In Columbus, Ohio. “The Americans for Prosperity ad will begin airing Friday as the organization kicks off a two-day conference in Columbus. Several GOP candidates for president, including Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, will attend. Portman is scheduled to speak Saturday.” [Cleveland Plain Dealer, 8/18/15]

2015: Portman Voted To Fast-Track TPP Without Reading It. “Though he hasn’t read the TPP proposal, Portman voted June 24 with the majority in a 60-38 vote to approve fast-track authority. Fast track is a key step in the trade process. It allows the president to give such deals to Congress for only yes-or-no votes without the power for the legislative body to amend them.” [Youngstown Vindicator, 8/3/15; H.R. 2146, Vote 219, 6/24/15]

Portman Took $119,700 From The Corporate Members Of The US Business Coalition For TPP In Advance Of The Fast-Track Vote. “Using data from the Federal Election Commission, this chart shows all donations that corporate members of the US Business Coalition for TPP made to US Senate campaigns between January and March 2015, when fast-tracking the TPP was being debated in the Senate: […] He received $119,700 from 14 different corporations between January and March, most of which comes from donations from Goldman Sachs ($70,600), Pfizer ($15,700), and Procter & Gamble ($12,900).” [The Guardian, 5/27/15]

The Guardian Headline: “Here’s How Much Corporations Paid US Senators To Fast-Track The TPP Bill.” [The Guardian, 5/27/15]

RECKLESS TRADE DEALS HAVE COST OHIO OVER 300,000 NET MANUFACTURING JOBS

Public Citizen: “Ohio Has Endured A Net Loss Of More Than 323,000 Manufacturing Jobs – One Out Of Every Three – Since The 1994 NAFTA And The World Trade Organization Agreements Took Effect.” “Ohio has endured a net loss of more than 323,000 manufacturing jobs – one out of every three – since the 1994 NAFTA and the World Trade Organization agreements took effect. Nearly five million manufacturing jobs have been lost nationwide. U.S. manufacturing workers who lose jobs to trade and find reemployment are typically forced to take pay cuts. Three of every five who were rehired in 2014 took home smaller paychecks, and one in three lost greater than 20 percent, according to Department of Labor data.” [Public Citizen, Accessed 4/24/15]

Ohio Lost 4th Highest Percentage Of Total State Employment Through NAFTA, More Than 30,000 Jobs. “Ohio lost 34,900 jobs — 0.6 percent of its total state employment — through NAFTA, concludes the report by the Economic Policy Institute, a research and policy group in Washington, D.C. That placed Ohio fourth among all states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico in terms of percentage of total jobs lost to NAFTA.” [Cleveland Plain Dealer, 5/3/11; Economic Policy Institute, 5/3/11]

The U.S. Trade Deficit In The Top Ohio Exports To NAFTA Countries Rose 476 Percent In The Last 17 Years. “The U.S. trade deficit with NAFTA partners Mexico and Canada in the top 10 products that Ohio exports to those countries has more than quintupled in the last 17 years, rising 476 percent.” [Public Citizen, Accessed 4/24/15]

Ohio Has a $10 Million Agricultural Trade Deficit With NAFTA Partner Countries, But A $1.8 Billion Agricultural Trade Surplus With The Rest Of The World. “Ohio has a $10 million trade deficit in agricultural products with NAFTA partners Mexico and Canada, but a $1.8 billion agricultural trade surplus with the rest of the world. The disparity owes largely to the fact that Ohio’s agricultural exports to NAFTA partners actually have fallen $4 million, or 3 percent, in the last five years, while the state’s agricultural exports to the rest of the world have risen $1.5 billion, or 452 percent.” [Public Citizen, Accessed 4/24/15]

More Than 12,000 Ohio Small-Scale Farms, Or 17 Percent, Disappeared In The First 21 Years After NAFTA’s Passage. “Small-scale U.S. family farms have been hardest hit by rising agricultural imports and declining agricultural trade balances under FTAs. Since NAFTA took effect, more than 12,000, or 17 percent, of Ohio’s smaller-scale farms have disappeared. Nationwide, nearly 180,000 small U.S. farms have gone under since NAFTA and NAFTA expansion pacts have taken effect.” [Public Citizen, Accessed 4/24/15]

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Ohio Democratic Party Releases New Video of “No Jobs Rob” Tour

COLUMBUS – The same week the Koch brothers dropped $1.4 million on a misleading ad attacking Ted Strickland, the Ohio Democratic Party released a video of Sen. Rob Portman’s disastrous “jobs tour” — which resulted in coverage that highlighted Portman’s record helping Washington special interests outsource Ohio jobs.

“Senator Portman is used to warm welcomes by his special interested bosses in Washington, but his outsourcing record didn’t hold up to tough questions here in Ohio,” said Ohio Democratic Party spokeswoman Jennifer Donohue.

WATCH: 

 

Find out more about Portman’s record at www.nojobsrob.com.

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Ohio Democratic Party Screening Committee Votes To Support Issue 1

ODP Executive Committee to Consider Redistricting Amendment at Next Meeting

COLUMBUS – A screening committee that Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper tasked with reviewing Issue 1, a constitutional amendment on redistricting, today voted to recommend endorsement to the Party’s executive committee, which will meet in the next month to consider the proposal.

“Our screening committee and Party leadership and staff conducted extensive due diligence on this proposal, and we sought input from Democrats across Ohio,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “We have taken this charge incredibly seriously, given this state’s history of gerrymandered districts that have undermined democracy and done a disservice to Ohio voters, no matter their party affiliation. This proposal is no panacea, but it’s a step in the right direction.

“Now our process will move forward, and members of our governing body will meet within the next month to consider the committee’s recommendation and vote on an endorsement of Issue 1.”

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MEMO: John Kasich’s Failing Grade on Education

MEMO

Subject: John Kasich’s Failing Grade on Education

Date: Aug. 19, 2015


Today Ohio Gov. John Kasich is speaking at an education summit in New Hampshire — on the same day a Cincinnati Enquirer story is highlighting Kasich’s disastrous record on education in the Buckeye State.

A middle-school teacher in Clermont County, Ohio, when asked if she would support Kasich’s presidential bid, responded, “Can I vote ‘no’ twice?”

Here’s a summary of Kasich’s record on education:

Kasich dismissed calls for an independent inquiry into the charter school data scrubbing, saying it was “just a political thing.” Kasich’s right — politics and campaign contributions are at the center of his education agenda. As the Huffington Post noted, “During the 2014 election, three of Kasich’s top donors were charter school operator David Brennan and his wife, Ann, and Brennan’s company CEO, all of whom donated thousands of dollars to the Ohio Governor’s re-election.

At the end of the day, Kasich has systematically undermined and destroyed Ohio’s public education system, and New Hampshire voters deserve to know the truth about his record.

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Ohio Democratic Party Mourns the Loss of Former Congressman Louis Stokes

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Democratic Party released the following statement this morning on the passing of former U.S. Rep. Louis Stokes, Ohio’s first African-American member of Congress.

“Congressman Stokes was a true gentleman and statesman who challenged the status quo in order to uplift those that he proudly served,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “He will be remembered as a humble and dedicated public servant who inspired many of us in service to this day. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Stokes family as we together mourn this remarkable leader.”

“We have lost a champion with the passing of Congressman Stokes,” said former state Sen. and Ohio Democratic Party Engagement Chair Nina Turner. “ He was a bright and shining star who made history as Ohio’s first African-American member of Congress.  During his tenure he accomplished a great deal for the city of Cleveland and northern Ohio. He was a transformational figure, particularly in black Ohio politics, who lifted his citizens and aspiring young African-American politicians as he climbed. Even in his later years, he continued to work on behalf of the citizens as a member of the Ohio Task Force on Community-Police Relations. Congressman Stokes’ legacy is cemented in American history as a leader who broke many racial and social barriers.”

 

FACT CHECK: Kochs Swoop In To Defend Portman’s Outsourcing Record Using Old Attacks Already Proven False

Portman and Special Interest Allies Hit Up to $9.4 Million in Spending

COLUMBUS – Following a week of terrible press coverage for U.S. Senator Rob Portman, the Koch brothers are spending $1.4 million in dark money on a misleading ad attacking former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland with old arguments that have long been disproven.

The Koch spending puts Portman and his special interest allies at up to $9.4 million with 15 months to go, nearly $6 million on TV alone. Yet, despite the massive spending and misleading attacks, Strickland continues to lead Portman, with the latest public polling showing Strickland six points ahead.

“Notorious outsourcers, the Koch brothers, are lining up with other dark-money special interests to buy this race for Rob Portman so they can keep him in the Senate to do their bidding – but even the Koch billions can’t buy Portman a new record,” said Ohio Democratic Party spokeswoman Jennifer Donohue. “Portman proved his loyalty to special interests once again when he voted to Fast-Track their trade deal and ship Ohio jobs overseas without even bothering to read it – and while he’s rewarded with dark money, it’s working people in Ohio who pay the price.”

The Koch brothers, who have announced plans to spend $900 million in dark money this cycle, are holding their annual summit in Columbus Friday and Saturday with Portman expected to speak. Portman has also taken more than $12,000 from Charles Koch and the Koch Industries PAC so far this cycle [Federal Election Commission, Portman For Senate, Filed 7/15/15].

The attack ad comes after Portman’s ‘Jobs Tour’ last week backfired with Ohioans across the state using it as an opportunity to draw attention to his outsourcing record, and another embarrassing story for Portman who has struggled to explain why he voted to Fast-Track the Trans-Pacific Partnership without reading it.

FACT CHECK: THE KOCH BROTHERS SWOOP IN TO DEFEND PORTMAN’S PRO-OUTSOURCING RECORD

TITLE

“Ohio Lost Jobs”

MEDIA

Web :30 [link]

DATE

8/18/15

AFP IS PUSHING THE ALREADY-DISPROVEN ARGUMENT THAT STRICKLAND WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE GLOBAL RECESSION

·         Fact checkers said it was “political hyperbole” to blame Strickland for the effects of a global recession.

·         States across the country – including Republican-led states – felt the economic pain of the recession.

OHIO’S ECONOMIC RECOVERY BEGAN UNDER STRICKLAND

·         Economists agree: the economic recovery began under Strickland, with Ohio gaining jobs, lowering the unemployment rate, and raising wages.

·         In 2010, Ohio was rated as having the fifth-fastest growing economy in the nation. In fact, Strickland’s final year as governor had greater job growth than either of Governor Kasich’s first two years in office.

HYPOCRISY: AFP’S AD BLAMES STRICKLAND FOR JOBS OUTSOURCED TO MALAYSIA, BUT PORTMAN WON’T FIGHT FOR THEM

·         Strickland worked hard with state officials – Republicans and Democrats – to save Wilmington’s DHL jobs, whose losses were part of the global recession. Strickland helped secure over $10 million in federal job training funds for DHL workers.

·         Some of these DHL workers’ jobs were outsourced to Malaysia, qualifying them for trade adjustment assistance (TAA). Portman has voted to cut the sort of trade adjustment assistance benefits and job retraining that helped these Wilmington workers.

·         Malaysia is a member to the TPP trade talks, meaning under the agreement there will be fewer trade barriers between the U.S. and Malaysia.

PORTMAN IS A “DEDICATED OUTSOURCER” WHO HAS CONSISTENTLY SUPPORTED TRADE DEALS THAT HAVE COST OHIO JOBS

·         Portman was called a “dedicated outsourcer” for his consistent support of free trade deals like NAFTA. Portman, in fact, has voted for every free trade deal he could.

·         In late June, Portman voted for Fast-Track authority for the upcoming Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal without reading it. The Guardian reported Portman took nearly $120,000 from Fast-Track’s corporate backers in advance of the vote.

·         Reckless trade deals haven’t worked for Ohio, with Ohioans having lost over 320,000 net manufacturing jobs since NAFTA’s passage.

WHO’S BEHIND AFP? THE KOCH BROTHERS, WHO HAVE HELPED SHIP U.S. JOBS OVERSEAS AND HAVE LOBBIED HARD ON THE TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP

·         Americans for Prosperity is a Koch Brothers organization.

·         The Koch Brothers have already contributed $12,000 to Portman’s campaign directly this cycle, and Portman is scheduled to speak at a Koch Brothers rally this week.

·         Koch Industries-owned companies have lost about 3,000 jobs to trade or outsourcing, while a Koch Industries-owned company has lobbied for years on the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

AD CLAIMS

THE FACTS

VISUAL: BRUCE, Father of 5, Wilmington, Ohio

BRUCE: “In 2008, when we lost our jobs working for DHL, it was total devastation.”

VISUAL: 4,500 JOBS LOST

When Bruce’s company moved to Kentucky. “DHL Moving Cargo Jobs From Ohio To Kentucky,” AP, 4/17/09

BRUCE: “And a lot of people found themselves in the same situation. After working hard their whole life, losing everything. We had such devastation and job loss in the state of Ohio when Ted Strickland was our governor.”

VISUAL: 400,000 JOBS LOST

Businesses fled to other states.

U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics

BRUCE: “I never seen him solve Ohio’s problems.”

THE GLOBAL RECESSION CANNOT BE PINNED ON STRICKLAND – IT WAS FELT NATIONWIDE

POLITIFACT: “THE CLAIM THAT STRICKLAND DESTROYED OHIO JOBS AMOUNTS TO POLITICAL HYPERBOLE”

PolitiFact: “The Claim That Strickland Destroyed Ohio Jobs Amounts To Political Hyperbole” Since All Industrial States Shed Jobs When The Recession Hit, And “The Causes Of The Recession Are Much Broader Than Just The State’s Budget Woes.” “Finally, the claim that Strickland destroyed Ohio jobs amounts to political hyperbole. Ohio and other industrial states all hemorrhaged jobs when the economy hit the skids, and the causes of the recession are much broader than just the state’s budget woes. […] The ad pins Ohio’s job losses on the governor, claiming they were a result of those state budget woes. We rate Kasich’s claim that ‘Ted Strickland destroyed Ohio jobs when he busted the budget’ as False.” [PolitiFact, 10/19/10]

PolitiFact: The Claim That Ohio Lost Jobs Under Strickland “Does Not Reflect The Larger Economic Backdrop, One That Both Democrats And Republicans In Charge Of States Admit Produced Results Out Of Their Control.” “So even if the campaign phrase – ‘Ohio lost 400,000 jobs on his watch’ — is stuck in a voter’s head, the claim does not reflect the larger economic backdrop, one that both Democrats and Republicans in charge of states admit produced results out of their control.” [PolitiFact, 8/3/10]

Joe Hallet Op-Ed: Strickland Served “During The Worst Economic Downturn Since The Great Depression. He Can’t Be Blamed For That.” “But Strickland spoke the truth last month when he said, ‘I am not responsible for the (national) recession, but I am responsible for the decisions I’ve made and am making in helping this state move through the recession.’ Strickland has had the misfortune of serving during the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. He can’t be blamed for that. Virtually every state in the union has lost plenty of jobs and is awash in red ink.” [Columbus Dispatch, Joe Hallett Op-Ed, 1/10/10]

OHIO’S REPUBLICAN-CONTROLLED NEIGHBORS WERE FEELING THE SAME ECONOMIC CRUNCH

Every State With A Republican Governor Saw An Increased Unemployment Rate From 2007 To 2011. Every state that had a Republican governor from January 2007 to January 2011 saw an increase in their unemployment rate over that period. [Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 5/6/15; National Governors Association, Accessed 5/6/15]

Republican Governor Of Indiana Mitch Daniels Made The Same Argument As Strickland That Midwest States Were Hurt By Forces Beyond Their Control During The 2000s. “Strickland argues that Ohio – like Michigan and other Midwest states — was especially hurt by forces beyond his control, namely a recession and the decline of manufacturing. Ohio and the nation have suffered through two recessions, one that started in 2001 and one that started in 2008, which triggered an avalanche of job losses here and was considered a global economic crisis. Strickland is not the only one making this argument. Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, a Republican elected in 2004 who is in his second term, says the same thing, at least he did July 22 during an interview in Cleveland.” [PolitiFact, 8/3/10]

  • Republican Governor Of Indiana Mitch Daniels: “To Some Extent, Everybody Is At The Mercy Of National And Global Events, And We Are No Different.” [PolitiFact, 8/3/10]

DURING STRICKLAND’S LAST YEAR AS GOVERNOR, OHIO WAS GAINING JOBS AND RECOGNIZED AS THE FIFTH-FASTEST GROWING STATE ECONOMY

ECONOMISTS AGREE: THE ECONOMIC RECOVERY BEGAN UNDER STRICKLAND

PolitiFact: It Is “Mostly True” That Ohio’s Economic Recovery Started In February 2010 Under Strickland. “Strickland, in announcing he would sit out in 2014, said Ohio’s economic recovery ‘started in February 2010.’ […] As is, Strickland’s claim requires clarification. On the Truth-O-Meter, that makes it Mostly True.” [PolitiFact, 1/24/13]

PolitiFact: “Evidence And Expertise Confirm […] That Ohio’s Recovery Started While [Strickland] Was Governor.” “Strickland, in announcing he would sit out in 2014, said Ohio’s economic recovery ‘started in February 2010.’ The Ohio Democratic Party, which circulated the release, attributed the remark to BLS figures that showed the first in a series of unemployment declines came that month. Economics is never so simple. One expert thinks the recovery might have started earlier, another believes it started a few months later. Strickland served from 2007 through 2010. The timeline might not be as precise as he suggests, but evidence and expertise confirm the accuracy of his larger point: that Ohio’s recovery started while he was governor.” [PolitiFact, 1/24/13]

Economist George Zeller Said Ohio’s Economy Began To Recover In 2010. “We also checked in with Cleveland economic research analyst George Zeller, another expert. Zeller finds fault with the BLS model favored by others and prefers the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages. Zeller said the QCEW numbers show that Ohio began gaining jobs in 2010, but several months later than February. If he had to pick a month when the Ohio economy began to turn around, Zeller said he would choose July 2010 or October 2010. ‘In the end,’ Zeller wrote in an email to PolitiFact Ohio, ‘more than a third of all the net jobs gained in Ohio during 2010 were in October 2010.’” [PolitiFact, 1/24/13]

Columbus Dispatch: Ohio’s Climb Out Of The National Recession “Began Before Kasich Became Governor.” “But Ohio’s climb out of a deep national recession also has been key — a climb that began before Kasich became governor and has continued under his watch.” [Columbus Dispatch, 6/22/14]

STRICKLAND LEFT OHIO THE FIFTH-FASTEST GROWING ECONOMY IN THE NATION

October 2010: The Federal Reserve Bank Of Philadelphia Rated Ohio As Having The Fifth-Fastest Growing Economy During The Past 12 Months. “Other outside experts have seen signs that Ohio’s economy is rebounding including the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, which rated Ohio as having the fifth-fastest growing economy during the past 12 months. And personal income tax collections are up 5 percent in the first quarter of fiscal 2011 as well as sales tax collections over the past four months when both are compared to the same period a year ago.” [PolitiFact, 10/19/10]

Throughout 2010, Ohio’s Real GDP Was Growing. According to monthly financial reports filed under Republican Governor John Kasich, Ohio real GDP was expanding throughout the entirety of 2010. [Ohio Office Of Budget And Management, Monthly Financial Report, 1/10/13]

…WITH DECLINING UNEMPLOYMENT

In 2010, Strickland’s Last Year As Governor, Ohio’s Unemployment Rate Fell 1.6 Percent. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2010, Ohio’s unemployment rate fell 1.6 percent. [Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 5/11/15]

January 2011: Ohio Was One Of Only Two States To Have Eight Consecutive Months Of Declining Unemployment. “‘We are one of only two states to have eight consecutive months of declining unemployment,’ Strickland said in the interview on Dec. 20. ‘Twenty-one states had increased unemployment last month. Ours went down.’ Politifact Ohio wanted to know if the outgoing governor had his facts right, particularly given how hard Kasich and the Republicans hammered him for the economy during the election. As it turns out, the governor is right on both accounts, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics at the U.S. Department of Labor.” [PolitiFact, 1/3/11]

November 2010: Ohio’s Unemployment Rate Was Even With – Instead Of Above – The National Average For The First Time Since December 2002. “Ohio and Illinois are the only two states that have shown a drop in unemployment — typically by one-tenth of a percentage point, but a drop nonetheless — for every month from April through November. December figures are not yet available. And, indeed, unemployment increased in 21 states in November compared to October, according to the labor statistics seasonally adjusted figures, further highlighting Ohio’s gains. In fact, Ohio’s unemployment rate in November was 9.8 percent, drawing even with instead of hovering above the national average for the first time since December 2002, according Ohio Department of Job & Family Services Director Douglas Lumpkin.” [PolitiFact, 1/3/11]

…MORE JOBS

August 2010: Ohio Began 8 Straight Months Of Job Growth And Added 27,500 Jobs In The Last Six Months Of 2010. “Beginning in August 2010, with Strickland still in office, the state started a string of eight consecutive months of job growth. Ohio added 27,500 jobs in the final six months that year.” [Columbus Dispatch, 6/22/14]

PolitiFact: “The Number Of Employed Ohioans Began Climbing In January 2010” And “Nearly 30,000 More Ohioans Were Employed In December 2010 Than At The Beginning Of The Year.” “We reconnected with Ken Mayland, an economist with Pepper Pike’s ClearView Economics and one of the experts cited in the check of Sabety’s November 2010 statement. Mayland said that employment numbers offer a clearer picture of an economy because they measure who is working. The unemployment rate excludes those who have stopped searching for work. […] Our check of BLS data shows that after months of decline, the number of employed Ohioans began climbing in January 2010. Employment dipped again that summer but was rebounding by fall. Nearly 30,000 more Ohioans were employed in December 2010 than at the beginning of the year.” [PolitiFact, 1/24/13]

Strickland’s Final Year As Governor Had Greater Job Growth Than Either Of Governor Kasich’s First Two Years In Office. From January 2010 to December 2010, Ohio gained 25,927 nonfarm jobs. Ohio only exceeded that level of annual job growth in 2013. This finding is detailed in the chart below:

Year

Ohio Annual Job Growth

2010

25,927

2011

24,232

2012

17,422

[Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 5/14/15]

…AND HIGHER WAGES

After A Long Recession, In 2009 Mean Earnings Finally Increased. “There is no question that the 2000s recession deepened sharply in 2008 within Ohio, with both employment and mean earnings falling sharply. […] But, in 2009, despite the large job loss in Ohio, the mean earnings of a surviving Ohio job actually increased by 0.8% in 2009, returning average job earnings in Ohio to a level 0.3% above the same inflation-adjusted level that Ohio jobs paid in 2000.” [Jobs and Earnings Trends in Ohio Counties – Third Quarter 2010 Update, George Zeller – Economic Research Analyst, May 2011]

Economist George Zeller: “Ohio Gained $1.2 Billion In Paychecks Between The Third Quarters Of 2009 And 2010” Which “Was Widely Distributed Across Ohio” In 71 Out Of 88 Counties. “Then, in the new data for the third quarter of 2010, employment levels actually increased relative to the third quarter of 2009 in 47 of Ohio’s 88 counties. […] A corresponding increase in aggregate paycheck earnings was faster than the 2009-2011 job growth. Ohio gained $1.2 billion in paychecks between the third quarters of 2009 and 2010. That one year increase was 2.5%. The growth in paychecks was widely distributed across Ohio, with 71 of the 88 counties enjoying a one year increase.” [Jobs and Earnings Trends in Ohio Counties – Third Quarter 2010 Update, George Zeller – Economic Research Analyst, May 2011]

HYPOCRISY: DHL OUTSOURCED WILMINGTON JOBS OVERSEAS, BUT PORTMAN WON’T FIGHT FOR THEM

DHL JOB LOSSES WERE PART OF THE GREAT RECESSION, AND STRICKLAND FOUGHT FOR OVER $10 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS TO HELP DISPLACED WORKERS

New York Times: DHL “Has Been Suffering Under The Sharp Economic Downturn.” “The move was a sharp reversal for Deutsche Post, the German company that owns DHL, which had said that it was planning to maintain its American operations by turning over its domestic air-cargo service to its rival United Parcel Service. The express package business has been suffering under the sharp economic downturn: express shipments in the United States carried by the top three companies fell in the third quarter for the first time since the 2001 recession.” [New York Times, 11/10/08]

Cleveland Plain Dealer: State Officials Weren’t Made Aware Of DHL’s Impending Closure, And Republicans And Democrats Worked Hard To Save DHL Jobs. “DHL, which is owned by Deutsche Post World Net of Germany, shocked city and state officials when it announced plans in 2008 to discontinue ground delivery services, which led to the end of operations in Wilmington and the loss of nearly 8,000 jobs. There’s no evidence that government officials knew of DHL’s plans before it made the announcement, which set off an aggressive but unsuccessful lobbying effort by Democratic and Republican elected officials to keep the company in the state.” [Cleveland Plain-Dealer, 10/8/10]

Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher Said DHL Did Not Give Ohio A Chance To Offer Incentives To Keep The Company In-State Despite “Repeated Outreach.” “Ohio Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher said he is disappointed that DHL didn’t give Ohio a chance to offer financial incentives to keep the company in Wilmington despite ‘repeated outreach.'” [Associated Press, 4/17/09]

Associated Press: “Gov. Ted Strickland Says The State Is Seeking Federal Funds To Help Boost Job Training And Unemployment Compensation” For Wilmington Workers. “Gov. Ted Strickland says the state is seeking federal funds to help boost job training and unemployment compensation for workers in the southwest Ohio city where DHL is closing its air shipping hub.” [Associated Press, 11/11/08]

U.S. Department Of Labor Awarded $11.2 Million In Emergency Funding To Ohio In Response To The DHL Closing. [U.S. Department Of Labor, National Emergency Grants, Accessed 2/27/15]

Ohio Continued To Receive National Emergency Grant Funding Through At Least November 2009. “The U.S. Department of Labor announced on Thursday that $4.4 million in National Emergency Grant (NEG) funding has been awarded to Ohio to continue assisting workers that were affected when DHL Express eliminated its North American air and ground freight operations in Wilmington.” [Office Of Gov. Strickland Press Release Via US State News, 11/23/09]

SOME DHL WORKERS SAW THEIR JOBS SHIPPED OFF OVERSEAS

In 2010, The U.S. Department Of Labor Certified Wilmington’s DHL Information Technology Service Workers Who Were Let Go After August 2008 Were Eligible For Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA). “All workers of DP/DHL, DHL Information Services (Americas), Wilmington, Ohio, who became totally or partially separated from employment on or after August 11, 2008, through two years from the date of certification, and all workers in the group threatened with total or partial separation from employment on date of certification through two years from the date of certification, are eligible to apply for adjustment assistance under Chapter 2 of Title II of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended.” [U.S. Department Of Labor, TAA Decision 74232, Signed 7/14/10]

DHL Shifted Information Technology Services From Wilmington, Ohio To Malaysia And The Czech Republic. “The investigation revealed that workers of DP/DHL who are engaged in activities related to information technology services meet the criteria for certification. Criterion I has been met because a significant number or proportion of the workers at DP/DHL have become totally or partially separated. Criterion II has been satisfied because there has been a shift by the workers’ firm to a foreign country in the supply of services like or directly competitive with those supplied by the workers’ firm. Criterion III has been met because the shift of information technology services to Malaysia and Czech Republic by DP/DHL contributed importantly to worker group separations at DP/DHL.” [U.S. Department Of Labor, TAA Decision 74232, Signed 7/14/10]

PORTMAN VOTED TO CUT THE SAME TYPE OF TAA BENEFITS AND JOB RETRAINING THAT HELPED SOME DHL WORKERS

Portman Voted For Amendment Reducing Trade Adjustment Assistance Benefits To Pre-2009-Stimulus Levels. In 2011, Portman voted for: “McCain, R-Ariz., amendment no. 625 to Casey, D-Pa., amendment no. 633. The McCain amendment would reduce the level of Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) benefits to rates prior to the enactment of the 2009 economic stimulus law. The Casey amendment would revive an expansion of TAA benefits for unemployed workers provided in the 2009 economic stimulus law.” The amendment failed, 46-53. [CQ, 9/21/11; S.Amdt. 625 to S.Amdt. 633 to H.R. 2832, Vote 143, 9/21/11]

Portman Voted To Cut Job Training Funding For Ohio By $60 Nearly Million, Harming Nearly 80,000 Ohio Workers, Including More Than 6,000 Whose Jobs Had Been Displaced. In 2011, Kirk voted for a Republican continuing appropriations bill that, according to the CBPP, cut job training funding for Ohio by nearly $60 million. [Vote 36, 3/9/11; Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 3/1/11]

UNDER TPP, FEWER TRADE BARRIERS WILL EXIST BETWEEN MALAYSIA AND THE U.S.

Malaysia Was A Member To The Trans-Pacific Partnership Talks. [U.S. Trade Representative, Accessed 8/18/15]

PORTMAN HAS SPENT A CAREER CHEERLEADING OUTSOURCING EFFORTS

Strickland Voted Against 8 Free Trade Deals In Congress. Portman Voted For 8 Free Trade Deals. During his time in Congress, Strickland voted against eight trade deals. Portman, during his time in Congress, voted for eight trade deals. These votes are detailed in the table below:

Free Trade Agreement

Year

Strickland

Portman

U.S.-Colombia

2011

YES

U.S.-Panama

2011

YES

U.S.-South Korea

2011

YES

U.S.-Oman

2006

NO

U.S.-Bahrain

2005

NO

CAFTA

2005

NO

U.S.-Morocco

2004

NO

YES

U.S.-Australia

2004

NO

YES

U.S.-Chile

2003

NO

YES

U.S.-Singapore

2003

NO

YES

NAFTA

1993

NO

YES

[H.R. 3078, Vote 163, 10/12/11; H.R. 3079, Vote 162, 10/12/11; H.R. 3080, Vote 161, 10/12/11; H.R. 5684, Vote 392, 7/20/06; H.R. 4340, Vote 616, 12/7/05; H.R. 3045, Vote 443, 7/28/05; H.R. 4842, Vote 413, 7/22/04; H.R. 4759, Vote 375, 7/14/04; H.R. 2738, Vote 436, 7/24/03; H.R. 2739, Vote 432, 7/24/03; H.R. 3450, Vote 575, 11/17/93]

Tapped To Be Bush’s Trade Representative, Portman Was Criticized For Being A “Dedicated Outsourcer.” “In a surprise move, President Bush on Thursday tapped one of his closest congressional allies, Rep. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, to be the next U.S. trade representative, giving the administration an insider’s influence in steering trade pacts through Congress. … Just the same, Alan Tonelson, a research fellow with the U.S. Business and Industry Council, which represents companies affected by free trade and opposes current free-trade policies, called Portman’s nomination a ‘slap in the face to the U.S. domestic manufacturing base.’ ‘Rep. Portman has been a dedicated outsourcer throughout his career in Congress,’ Tonelson said in a statement.” [CQ Today, 3/17/05]

Portman, As Bush’s U.S. Trade Representative, Described Himself As The “Quarterback” Of The CAFTA Effort. PORTMAN: “Well, I can tell you as the quarterback, I guess, of the effort — I talked about the economic benefits constantly, as did the president. The reality is that although it’s 44 million consumers, and our second biggest market in Latin America, the trade benefits of this agreement are not as large as trade benefits for bigger agreements. For instance even the Mexican agreement that we did back in the 90s, or even the World Trade Organization agreement. But the benefits were clear.” [CNN, 7/28/05]

IN 2015, PORTMAN TOOK $120,000 FROM TPP’S CORPORATE BACKERS IN ADVANCE OF VOTING TO FAST-TRACK THE TRADE BILL WITHOUT READING IT

2015: Portman Voted To Fast-Track TPP Without Reading It. “Though he hasn’t read the TPP proposal, Portman voted June 24 with the majority in a 60-38 vote to approve fast-track authority. Fast track is a key step in the trade process. It allows the president to give such deals to Congress for only yes-or-no votes without the power for the legislative body to amend them.” [Youngstown Vindicator, 8/3/15; H.R. 2146, Vote 219, 6/24/15]

Portman Took $119,700 From The Corporate Members Of The US Business Coalition For TPP In Advance Of The Fast-Track Vote. “Using data from the Federal Election Commission, this chart shows all donations that corporate members of the US Business Coalition for TPP made to US Senate campaigns between January and March 2015, when fast-tracking the TPP was being debated in the Senate: […] He received $119,700 from 14 different corporations between January and March, most of which comes from donations from Goldman Sachs ($70,600), Pfizer ($15,700), and Procter & Gamble ($12,900).” [The Guardian, 5/27/15]

The Guardian Headline: “Here’s How Much Corporations Paid US Senators To Fast-Track The TPP Bill.” [The Guardian, 5/27/15]

Ohio Lost 4th Highest Percentage Of Total State Employment Through NAFTA, More Than 30,000 Jobs. “Ohio lost 34,900 jobs — 0.6 percent of its total state employment — through NAFTA, concludes the report by the Economic Policy Institute, a research and policy group in Washington, D.C.. That placed Ohio fourth among all states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico in terms of percentage of total jobs lost to NAFTA.” [Cleveland Plain Dealer, 5/3/11; Economic Policy Institute, 5/3/11]

RECKLESS TRADE DEALS HAVE COST OHIO OVER 300,000 NET MANUFACTURING JOBS

Public Citizen: “Ohio Has Endured A Net Loss Of More Than 323,000 Manufacturing Jobs – One Out Of Every Three – Since The 1994 NAFTA And The World Trade Organization Agreements Took Effect.” “Ohio has endured a net loss of more than 323,000 manufacturing jobs – one out of every three – since the 1994 NAFTA and the World Trade Organization agreements took effect. Nearly five million manufacturing jobs have been lost nationwide. U.S. manufacturing workers who lose jobs to trade and find reemployment are typically forced to take pay cuts. Three of every five who were rehired in 2014 took home smaller paychecks, and one in three lost greater than 20 percent, according to Department of Labor data.” [Public Citizen, Accessed 4/24/15]

The U.S. Trade Deficit In The Top Ohio Exports To NAFTA Countries Rose 476 Percent In The Last 17 Years. “The U.S. trade deficit with NAFTA partners Mexico and Canada in the top 10 products that Ohio exports to those countries has more than quintupled in the last 17 years, rising 476 percent.” [Public Citizen, Accessed 4/24/15]

Ohio Has a $10 Million Agricultural Trade Deficit With NAFTA Partner Countries, But A $1.8 Billion Agricultural Trade Surplus With The Rest Of The World. “Ohio has a $10 million trade deficit in agricultural products with NAFTA partners Mexico and Canada, but a $1.8 billion agricultural trade surplus with the rest of the world. The disparity owes largely to the fact that Ohio’s agricultural exports to NAFTA partners actually have fallen $4 million, or 3 percent, in the last five years, while the state’s agricultural exports to the rest of the world have risen $1.5 billion, or 452 percent.” [Public Citizen, Accessed 4/24/15]

More Than 12,000 Ohio Small-Scale Farms, Or 17 Percent, Disappeared In The First 21 Years After NAFTA’s Passage. “Small-scale U.S. family farms have been hardest hit by rising agricultural imports and declining agricultural trade balances under FTAs. Since NAFTA took effect, more than 12,000, or 17 percent, of Ohio’s smaller-scale farms have disappeared. Nationwide, nearly 180,000 small U.S. farms have gone under since NAFTA and NAFTA expansion pacts have taken effect.” [Public Citizen, Accessed 4/24/15]

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VISUAL: VOTE AGAINST Ted Strickland. He’s FAILED Ohio’s families. AMERICANS FOR PROSPERITY IS REPSONSIBLE FOR THE CONTENT OF THIS AD. NOT AUTHORIZED BY ANY CANDIDATE OR CANDIDATE’S COMMITTEE. WWW. AMERICANS FOR PROSPERITY.ORG

WHO’S BEHIND AFP? THE KOCH BROTHERS, WHO HAVE HELPED SHIPPED U.S. JOBS OVERSEAS AND HAVE LOBBIED HARD ON THE TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP

Americans For Prosperity Is A Koch Brothers Organization. “Americans for Prosperity, the national political organization affiliated with Republican mega-donors Charles and David Koch, will launch a big advertising push in Ohio this week against U.S. Senate hopeful Ted Strickland.” [Cleveland Plain Dealer, 8/18/15]

Portman Is Scheduled To Speak At August 2015 Koch Brothers Event In Columbus, Ohio. “The Americans for Prosperity ad will begin airing Friday as the organization kicks off a two-day conference in Columbus. Several GOP candidates for president, including Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, will attend. Portman is scheduled to speak Saturday.” [Cleveland Plain Dealer, 8/18/15]

Portman’s Campaign Has Taken $12,000 From The Koch Brothers And Their PAC. From April to June 2015, Portman took $3,900 from Charles G. Koch and the Koch Industries PAC. In this election cycle, Portman has taken $12,400 from those two entities. These contributions are detailed in the table below:

Contributor

Date

Amount

Cycle-To-Date

Charles G. Koch

4/10/2015

$200

$5,400

Charles G. Koch

4/10/2015

$2,700

$5,400

Koch Industries Inc. PAC

6/2/2015

$1,000

$7,000

Total:

$3,900

$12,400

[Federal Election Commission, Portman For Senate, Filed 7/15/15]

Bloomberg: “About 3,000 U.S. Jobs Lost At Koch Industries-Owned Companies Over The Past Decade Can Be Attributed To Offshoring Or Competition From Imports.” “About 3,000 U.S. jobs lost at Koch Industries-owned companies over the past decade can be attributed to offshoring or competition from imports. That’s according to a Bloomberg News tally based on an analysis of Department of Labor documents provided by American Bridge 21st Century, a group allied with Democrats. It includes 342 at an Invista plant in Waynesboro, Virginia, and about 258 at Georgia-Pacific facilities in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and Halsey, Oregon.” [Bloomberg, 9/2/14]

2013-15: Koch Industries Reported Lobbying On The Trans-Pacific Partnership. From 2013 to 2015, a Koch Industries subsidiary reported lobbying on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. [U.S. Senate Lobbying Disclosure Database, Client: “Koch,” Issue: “Trans-Pacific Partnership,” Accessed 8/18/15]

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