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
“Ohio Lost Jobs”
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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.
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]
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]
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:
[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:
[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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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:
[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]