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]

NARRATOR: “Americans for Prosperity paid for and is responsible for the content of this ad. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee. AmericansforProsperity.org

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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Ohio Democratic Party Statement on the Passing of Former NAACP Chairman Julian Bond

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Democratic Party released the following statement this morning on the passing of former NAACP Chairman and civil rights leader, Julian Bond, at the age of 75.

“America has lost one of its greatest civil rights icons and public servants,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “We at the Ohio Democratic Party remember and honor Julian Bond as a champion for change who fought against racial, social, and economic injustices in America.”

“Julian Bond was a gentle giant in the civil rights movement who dedicated his life to being a voice for the voiceless,” said former state Sen. and Ohio Democratic Party Engagement Chair Nina Turner. “He will be remembered in history books for centuries to come as a leader who was always on the front lines of the battle against racial injustice. I, as well as many other African American elected officials and activists, are indebted to him for his great work and will continue to carry the torch for justice in his honor.”

Ohio Democrats Continue Fight to Protect and Expand the Vote

COLUMBUS – Ohio Democrats are taking the battle to protect and expand the vote to the courts, joining a lawsuit challenging Secretary of State Jon Husted and Attorney General Mike DeWine for making it harder for eligible Ohioans to register, cast a ballot and have their ballot counted.

“With the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act being celebrated this month, Ohio Democrats are committed to fulfilling the vision of that landmark law,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “It has been a central value of the Democratic Party that we support greater voter participation — regardless of party. We’ve never solved a problem with less democracy.”

“As Republican politicians try to make it harder to vote, Democrats are working to expand access to the polls,” said Montgomery County Democratic Party Chairman Mark Owens. “We won’t stop fighting to ensure that every eligible voter is registered, every registered voter is able to vote, and that every vote is accurately counted.”

The Ohio Democratic Party, as well as the Montgomery and Cuyahoga County Democratic Parties, joined the suit, which contests the elimination of “Golden Week,” cutbacks to same-day registration and early voting times, shuttering of early voting locations, reductions of electronic voting machines and the exclusion of more than a million registered voters from the mailing of unsolicited absentee ballot applications.

“All of these changes instituted by Ohio Republicans, in the wake of President Obama’s wins in 2008 and 2012, make it harder for African Americans, other communities of color, young people, low-income individuals and seniors to register, cast a ballot and have it counted,” said Party Engagement Chair Nina Turner. “That is no coincidence. Ending ‘Golden Week,’ when citizens could register and vote at the same time, is particularly galling. I was a member of the legislature when the bill passed on party lines, and I informed my Republican colleagues that their actions were turning back the hands of time and would have a negative impact on the African-American community. Any effort to take away voting rights is a slap in the face to our democracy. If we want to lift up and empower the people, we must stop putting up hurdles for them to make their voices heard at the ballot box.”

In 2008, 13,000 voters registered and 67,000 cast ballots during Golden Week. In 2012, Golden Week saw 6,000 new registrants and 90,000 ballots cast.

The anniversary of the Voting Rights Act is fresh in Ohioans’ minds — but so is the memory of Election Day 2004, when some voters waited in line up to 10 hours and perhaps more than 170,000 would-be voters left before casting a ballot.

“No one wants to see a replay of what happened here in Ohio in 2004,” said Cuyahoga County Democratic Party Chairman Stuart Garson. “That’s why we’re fighting to ensure Ohio doesn’t roll back the critical reforms that were made in the wake of that disastrous election.”

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Kasich Doubles Down On Handing Social Security Over To Wall Street Banks That Tanked The Global Economy

COLUMBUS — Yesterday in New Hampshire, Gov. John Kasich proudly proclaimed his support for cutting Social Security benefits for baby boomers and handing Social Security funds over to the same Wall Street banks that caused the Great Recession — and coincidentally turned Kasich into a millionaire.

“As we gear up to celebrate Social Security’s 80th birthday later this week, under a President Kasich, Social Security might not live to its 90th birthday,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “Kasich wants to slash benefits for baby boomers who have worked and saved their whole lives, and for young people, he wants to give away Social Security funds to the same Wall Street banks responsible for the financial meltdown. If we’d done as Kasich suggests, millions of Americans would have seen their Social Security checks go up in flames in 2008. Thankfully, when President George W. Bush tried to push Social Security privatization, Senate Democrats stopped the proposal dead in its tracks. Kasich should put his plan back on the trash heap of failed GOP policies.”

Last night Kasich told a New Hampshire audience:

KASICH: “On entitlements, they all need to be — so let me give you my basic feeling on it. If you’re on it, we don’t want to take it away.  The baby boomers are going to have to give some on it. Not sure what it’s going to be yet, because I gotta go back and do all the numbers again. And for the younger people I still like the idea of giving them an opportunity to earn money through the strength of our American economy, with Social Security included in that.”

WATCH: 

Here in Ohio there are nearly 2.3 million Social Security beneficiaries — almost one in five Ohioans. That works out to $32.7 billion in total annual benefits for Ohioans. In addition,

  • Social Security lifted 919,000 Ohioans out of poverty in 2013, and

  • Social Security provided benefits to nearly 167,000 Ohio kids in 2014.

Despite the importance of Social Security for millions of Ohioans, Kasich has attacked the program as governor. Kasich’s 2015 budget proposal would have taxed Ohio seniors on their Social Security income.

Kasich worked at Lehman Brothers during the 2008 economic collapse and earned $1.4 million that year in salary and bonuses from the Wall Street firm. According to financial disclosure records released before the Republican debate, Kasich and his family now have a net worth between $9.1 million and $22.3 million.

BACKGROUND:

Kasich has been pushing these failed ideas for decades.

AS A CONGRESSMAN, KASICH INTRODUCED THE “PERSONAL RETIREMENT SAVINGS ACCOUNT ACT OF 1998”

Kasich Introduced The “Personal Retirement Savings Account Act Of 1998.” “Personal Retirement Savings Account Act of 1998 – Amends title II (Old Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance) (OASDI) of the Social Security Act (SSA) to add a new part B (Personal Social Security Plus Accounts). Establishes in the Treasury a Social Security Plus Fund to hold 80 percent of the surplus (if any) in the Federal budget for each fiscal year for investment in accordance with rules governing the Thrift Savings Plan which shall otherwise govern other Fund operations.” [HR 3456, 105th Congress, Introduced 3/12/98]

National Committee To Preserve Social Security & Medicare: “Personal Retirement Accounts = Social Security Privatization.” [National Committee To Preserve Social Security & Medicare, accessed 7/15/15]

KASICH’S PLAN WAS A “STEALTH PRIVATIZATION”

Princeton Study: Kasich’s Social Security Plan Is “Stealth Privatization” By Establishing A Precedent And Infrastructure For Investing Revenue From Payroll Taxes Into Individual Accounts. “The Kasich plan has several political advantages. …Once all these individual accounts are established, however, they provide both a precedent and the infrastructure for investing a portion of workers’ payroll taxes in individual accounts. It is stealth privatization.” [Political Science Quarterly, Princeton University, Vol. 113 No.2, 1998]

Princeton Study: Kasich’s Plan Was “A Clever Political Package That Makes The Transition To Partial Privatization Much Easier.” “The Kasich plan has several political advantages…It is a clever political package that makes the transition to partial privatization much easier, especially for those Republicans who consider that raising taxes is heresy.” [Political Science Quarterly, Princeton University, Vol. 113 No.2, 1998]

KASICH HAS TOUTED THE SOCIAL SECURITY PRIVATIZATION PLAN ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Kasich Reminded A New Hampshire Audience That As A Congressman, He Favored Private Investments Accounts. “But Kasich took one step further Monday by reminding the audience that as a member of the U.S. House, he favored allowing younger Americans to divert a small percentage of their Social Security taxes into private investments accounts.” [Columbus Dispatch, 7/15/15]

AS GOVERNOR, KASICH PROPOSED MAKING SENIOR CITIZENS PAY TAX ON THEIR SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS

HEADLINE: “Governor’s Ohio Budget Proposal Includes New Taxes On Social Security Benefits.” [Northeast Ohio Media Group, 2/4/15]

  • Senior Citizens Would Have To Pay Taxes On Social Security Under Kasich’s Budget Proposal. “Gov. John Kasich’s proposed budget calls for slashing state income tax rates for everyone, and ditching the tax completely for nearly all self-employed people on the money they make from their personal businesses. But one group might not fare as well under the governor’s 718-page Blueprint for a New Ohio: senior citizens.” [Northeast Ohio Media Group, 2/4/15]

 

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Portman Touts Auto Industry at Today’s Photo Op, But Called Auto Rescue “Not a Good Deal for Ohio”

AVON LAKE, OHIO – Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman is in Lorain County today touting Ford’s plans to save 1,000 jobs at their Avon Lake plant — but Portman was less rosy about the auto industry back in 2011, when he called the auto rescue “not a good deal for Ohio.”

“It’s absurd for Rob Portman to show his face in Avon Lake today,” said Ohio Democratic Party Executive Director Greg Beswick. “Portman has no problem showing up for a photo op now when the auto industry is stronger than ever, but when the industry was on its knees back in 2009, he said the auto rescue was a ‘lousy deal.’ As recently as 2011, he was still saying it wasn’t a ‘good deal for Ohio.’ The workers at the Avon Lake Ford plant and all Ohio workers deserve better than some fair-weather friend like Rob Portman.”

Studies show the auto rescue saved 160,000 jobs in Ohio.

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Kasich’s Opinions on Climate Change: Hazy, Gusty

Kasich’s Record on Climate Change: Clear

COLUMBUS – Ohio Gov. John Kasich is already trying to Etch-A-Sketch his denial of climate change on Sunday’s Meet the Press, but his record reflects the exact views he expressed on Sunday.

In fact, Kasich was the first governor in the country to roll back existing renewable energy standards. Last year Kasich signed Senate Bill 310, which froze Ohio’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards for two years, which environmental groups fear will lead to a permanent gutting of the standards. Kasich also signed House Bill 483, which industry experts say will end development of new wind farms in Ohio, killing thousands of jobs.

“Ohio was doing its part to tackle the problem of climate change, but Governor Kasich put our renewable portfolio standards in a deep freeze,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “Kasich’s words on Sunday exactly match his awful record on climate change.”

While on Meet the Press this weekend, Kasich told Chuck Todd:

Kasich: “Well, I think that man absolutely affects the environment. But as to whether — you know, what the impact is, the overall impact, I think that’s a legitimate debate…. So of course we have to be sensitive to it, but we don’t to want destroy people’s jobs based on some theory that’s not proven.”

Apparently Kasich’s climate change comments caused consternation in the campaign, and they told the National Journal: “The governor has long believed climate change is real and we need to do something about it. The debate over exact percentages of why it is happening is less important than what can be done about it. We know it is real, we know man has an impact, and we know we need to do something.”

Pepper responded: “We know we need to do something to halt climate change — and Ohio was doing something, until Kasich signed his bill to halt the renewable portfolio standards. If Governor Kasich is interested in more than theories, he should look at the fact that Ohio’s renewable energy standards had created 25,000 jobs and saved Ohio consumers $230 million on their electric bills. Investing in green energy and technology isn’t a job killer — it’s a job creator, and that’s been proven right here in Ohio.”

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Democrats Launch ‘No-Jobs-Rob’ Statewide Farewell Tour

Ohio Has Lost 320,000 Manufacturing Jobs Since Portman Pushed Through NAFTA

COLUMBUS — Ohio Democrats are launching a statewide tour this week highlighting Republican U.S. Senator ‘No-Jobs-Rob’ Portman’s record helping Washington special interests outsource Ohio jobs. Local officials and community members will gather at stops across Ohio to set the record straight in response to the ‘jobs tour’ Portman announced last week.

“Ohio needs a Senator that stands up to the special interests who are willing to send jobs overseas in order to increase their profits. We need a Senator that supports our auto industry and helps working families increase their wages. Life is difficult enough for too many Ohioans — we need Ted Strickland — a Senator who will be on our side,” said Congressman Tim Ryan.

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No-Jobs-Rob Portman’s record includes:

  • 320,000 Ohio manufacturing jobs lost since Portman pushed through NAFTA

  • 100,000 Ohio jobs lost to China after the trade deficit ballooned under Portman’s watch

  • 160,000 Ohio jobs that would have been lost if Portman got his way opposing the auto rescue

OUTSOURCING: Portman Robs Ohio of 320,000 Jobs and Counting

As the former top trade adviser under President George W. Bush, Portman has never met a trade deal he didn’t like – voting for every single outsourcing agreement that’s ever come before him, and even voting twice to give corporations a tax break when they do outsource. Portman helped push through NAFTA and remains NAFTA’s biggest cheerleader, calling it a ‘proven success,’ despite 320,000 Ohio manufacturing jobs lost since the trade deal passed.

Now, Portman is back at it again, voting to Fast-Track the massive, new Pacific trade deal – without even reading it – and send even more Ohio jobs overseas.

  • 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. [Public Citizen, Accessed 4/24/15]

CHINA: Trade Deficit Ballooned Under Portman Robbing Ohio of 100,000 Jobs

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]

AUTO RESCUE: Portman Tried to Rob Ohio of 160,000 Jobs by Opposing the Auto Rescue

Studies show the auto rescue saved 160,000 jobs in Ohio and 1.5 million jobs nationwide.

  • But those jobs would have been robbed if Portman had his way. Portman called the auto rescue a “bad deal,” putting 160,000 Ohio jobs in jeopardy. [Toledo Blade, Ken Lortz Op-Ed, 10/18/12; Reuters, 12/9/13; Columbus Dispatch, 5/26/11]

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Ohio Democrats Call on Kasich to Back Statewide Non-Discrimination Legislation

COLUMBUS – Ohio Democrats today called on Gov. John Kasich to move quickly on soon-to-be-introduced state legislation that would prohibit discrimination in employment and housing for LGBT Ohioans.

“The time is now for Governor Kasich to demonstrate his support for LGBT Ohioans and ensure they can live free of discrimination in the workplace and in their homes,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “When an Ohioan can marry whomever he or she loves on Sunday and then be fired on Monday, that’s not real freedom. When a landlord can discriminate against tenants because they are trans, that’s not equality. Words are nice, but actions speak louder than words, and we are calling on Kasich to take action and make this issue a top legislative priority for this fall’s session.”

During last week’s Republican presidential debate, Kasich endorsed “traditional marriage,” but added that he had recently attended a same-sex wedding and would still love his daughters if they were gay.

Kasich: “Look, I’m an old-fashioned person here and I happen to believe in traditional marriage. But I’ve also said that the court has ruled … and I said we’ll accept it. And guess what? I just went to a wedding of a friend of mine who happens to be gay. Because somebody doesn’t think the way I do doesn’t mean that I can’t care about them or I can’t love them. So if one of my daughters happened to be that, of course I would love them and I would accept them. Because you know what? That’s what we’re taught when we have strong faith…. [W]e need to give everybody a chance, treat everybody with respect,  and let them share in this great in this great American dream that we have.”

“It was great to hear that Governor Kasich wants to ‘give everybody a chance’ to achieve the American dream, which is why banning discrimination from employment or housing is so critical,” said Pepper.

“Every Ohioan should have the right to be gainfully employed, to seek safe and affordable housing, and to provide for their family without the fear of discrimination and hostility,” said state Rep. Nickie Antonio. “For the third consecutive General Assembly, I will be introducing legislation to extend non-discrimination protections to LGBT Ohioans. I sincerely hope that the Republican majority in the legislature and the governor will shake off their antiquated, hurtful views and finally embrace true equality for all Ohioans. After all, we are all God’s children and all citizens.”

“No Ohioan should be denied a place to live or be fired from their job simply because they are gay, lesbian or transgender,” said state Sen. Michael J. Skindell. “We are talking about basic protections that other Ohioans already have. This legislation will ensure that our friends, neighbors, children, brothers and sisters are treated with fairness and equality.”

This issue is gaining traction across Ohio. In 2009, the state House passed non-discrimination legislation, but the state Senate failed to act. At least 13 municipalities (Athens, Bexley, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Cleveland Heights, Columbus, Coshocton, Dayton, Newark, Oxford, Toledo and Yellow Springs) and four counties (Franklin, Lucas, Montgomery and Summit) have ordinances preventing discrimination against LGBT Ohioans. According to Equality Ohio, 79 percent of Ohio registered voters believe that laws should be passed banning discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations based on both sexual orientation and gender identity.

At the federal level, Speaker John Boehner has blocked non-discrimination legislation from passage. The U.S. Senate passed a non-discrimination bill in 2013 with bipartisan support, but the House never took up the bill.

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‘No-Jobs-Rob’ Portman’s Outsourcing Agenda Hurts NW Ohio Farmers, Workers

Ohio Has $10 Million Ag Trade Deficit with NAFTA Countries, Allen County Has Lost 1,000 Jobs to Outsourcing

COLUMBUS — Republican U.S. Senator ‘No-Jobs-Rob’ Portman kicks off his ‘jobs tour’ today with a Northwest Ohio roundtable on agriculture and a stop in Lima. But what has Portman’s outsourcing record really meant for Northwest Ohio farmers and workers?

Portman’s Trade Deals Rob Ohio Farmers

Portman championed NAFTA and the Korea Free Trade Agreement backed by his special interest allies. What happened next? Ohio farmers got Robbed!

  • 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. [Public Citizen, Accessed 4/24/15]

  • U.S. exports in two of Ohio’s top agricultural products – pork and corn – fell to Korea after passage of the Korea Free Trade Agreement. [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. [Public Citizen, Accessed 4/24/15]

Allen County Robbed of 1,000 Jobs from Outsourcing

Trade Adjustment Assistance is the program that helps workers whose jobs have been robbed because of outsourcing.

  • According to Trade Adjustment Assistance records, Allen County has lost more than an estimated 1,000 jobs to outsourcing and has had 1,400 jobs certified for TAA assistance. [Public Citizen, TAA Database, Accessed 8/9/15]

  • Many of the jobs Allen County lost are in the auto sector. Portman opposed the auto rescue, which saved 160,000 Ohio jobs statewide.  [Toledo Blade, Ken Lortz Op-Ed, 10/18/12; Columbus Dispatch, 5/26/11; Public Citizen, TAA Database, Accessed 8/9/15]

Additional Background:

As the former top trade adviser under President George W. Bush, Portman has never met a trade deal he didn’t like — voting for every single outsourcing agreement that’s ever come before him. Portman helped push through NAFTA and remains NAFTA’s biggest cheerleader, calling it a ‘proven success,’ despite 320,000 Ohio manufacturing jobs lost since the trade deal passed.

Now, Portman is back at it again, voting to Fast-Track the massive, new Pacific trade deal – without even reading it – and send even more Ohio jobs overseas.

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DOUBLE TAKE: Portman Says Two Years Not Enough to Take Position on Voting Rights, But Fast-Tracks Pacific Trade Deal Without Even Reading It

COLUMBUS — Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman has stalled taking a position on the Voting Rights Act, saying he “hasn’t had a chance to review it,” for more than two years since the Supreme Court struck down the heart of the law in 2013.

Then Portman made news  yesterday with the discovery that he voted to Fast-Track the massive new Pacific trade agreement without even reading it.

“When his corporate campaign funders wanted the massive Pacific trade deal, Senator Portman had no problem voting to Fast-Track the agreement without even reading it. But when the voting rights of everyday people are under attack, Senator Portman says two years isn’t enough time to take a position,” said Ohio Democratic Party spokeswoman Jennifer Donohue. “One more example of how Senator Portman’s Washington priorities don’t work for Ohio.”

Thursday, August 6th, is the 50th Anniversary of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

Reports show Portman took nearly $120,000 from corporate backers of the Pacific deal ahead of his Fast-Track vote – six times the average contribution to U.S. Senate campaigns (here).

  • Senator Portman has had more than two years to take a position since the Supreme Court struck down the heart of the Voting Rights Act in June 2013.  [U.S. Supreme Court, Shelby County v. Holder, Decided 6/25/13]

  • Senator Portman has had more than a year and a half to take a position since legislation was first introduced in the House and Senate to restore the Voting Rights Act in January 2014. [Congress.gov, S. 1945, Introduced 1/16/14; Congress.gov, H.R. 3899, Introduced 1/16/14]

“Portman Noncommittal On Voting Rights Act” – Cincinnati Enquirer, 3/13/15

Portman: “We Ought To Have A Review” Of The Voting Rights Act, But “I Really Haven’t Had A Chance To Review It Carefully.” – Cincinnati Enquirer, 3/13/15

‘Portman Showed “Caution” Against New Voting Rights Bill.’ – Cleveland Plain Dealer, 3/13/15

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