FACT CHECK: Karl Rove’s Secret Money Ignores Donnelly’s Record

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Indianapolis, Ind.--Today, Joe Donnelly’s campaign for U.S. Senate responded to the latest misleading ad from Richard Mourdock’s friend, Karl Rove.

“Karl Rove and his shady billionaire backers from Wall Street are trying to mislead Hoosier voters to buy this U.S. Senate seat for their TEA Party candidate, Richard Mourdock,” said Paul Tencher, campaign manager.  “Richard Mourdock has gone into hiding while he relies on special interest groups to attack Joe Donnelly.  Indiana voters are rejecting Mourdock’s ‘my way or the highway’ attitude, so a smear campaign from secret donors is the only other option for Mourdock.”

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The Truth

V/O: When he went to Washington, Joe Donnelly promised to resist pressure from all sides to increase spending or to increase taxes Joe Donnelly opposes allowing present tax rates to expire on any income levels.  Reported the New York Times, “Representative Joe Donnelly, a Democrat running for an Indiana Senate seat, announced Tuesday he would vote for the Republican plan to extend all the Bush-era income tax rates when it comes up in the House next week.”[New York Times, 7/24/2012]

Joe Donnelly has voted against $2.4 trillion in federal spending.  [2011 Roll Call 690; 2011 Roll Calls 154, 179, 253, 268; 2009 Roll Calls 369, 502, 623, 625, 636, 991; H.R. 1105 Roll Call #86; 2011 Roll Call #941; 2007 Roll Calls #454,456, 457, 467, 468, 520, 524, 539, 545, 571, 572, 601, 602, 659, 681, 682, 683, 709, 710, 740, 741, 742]

Joe Donnelly has returned more than $600,000 to the Treasury from his office budget since being elected to Congress.  [disbursements.house.gov, 2007-2011]

Joe Donnelly supports a Balanced Budget Amendment. The Evansville Courier & Press reported that Donnelly would vote yes on the Balanced Budget Amendment, writing “U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly, the only Democratic candidate in the race, said he will be among the “yes” votes when the House on Friday takes up a constitutional amendment that would require Congress to balance the federal budget.” [Evansville Courier & Press 11/17/11]
But when President Obama needed Donnelly's vote to pass his TRILLION-dollar health care bill, Donnelly said yes. Health care reform reduces our deficit. In 2011, the Congressional Budget Office estimates the ACA will reduce the federal deficit by $210 billion in Medicare savings and tax revenue sources by 2021. [Congressional Budget Office, 3/30/11]

Joe Donnelly supports major changes to the health care reform bill, while still making sure health insurance companies cannot deny coverage and prescription drug companies can't price gouge consumers.  Donnelly is independent of President Obama, routinely voting against Obama-Democratic budgets because of overspending. He supports a line item veto, opposes increases in the gas tax, and wants to take tax breaks away from companies that ship jobs overseas. [Kokomo Tribune, 3/13/10;  Fort Wayne News Sentinel, 6/2/12]

Mourdock Challenged The Constitutionality Of Social Security, Medicare, And Medicaid. In April 2011, Mourdock spoke at a Madison Tea Party event and stated “Sixty percent of our budget, sixty percent of our budget this year, will be for Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. I challenge you in Article I, Section 8 of the United States Constitution where those so-called enumerated powers are listed. I challenge you to find words that talk about Medicare or Medicaid or, yes, even Social Security. You know, Article I, Section 8 says the U.S. government shall have the power to tax to pay off its debts, to pay for its defense, and then it says to provide for the general welfare.” [Madison IN Tea Party 4/16/11 event transcription, youtube.com, accessed 5/20/11]
When Obama needed his vote to pass a TRILLION-dollar stimulus, Donnelly said yes. And five times Donnelly voted to raise the debt limit by $5 TRILLION.

Joe Donnelly supports a Balanced Budget Amendment. The Evansville Courier & Press reported that Donnelly would vote yes on the Balanced Budget Amendment, writing “U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly, the only Democratic candidate in the race, said he will be among the “yes” votes when the House on Friday takes up a constitutional amendment that would require Congress to balance the federal budget.” [Evansville Courier & Press 11/17/11]

The possibility of defaulting on the nation’s obligations and “potentially causing harm to our already-fragile economy,” was “not an option” Donnelly said. [Indianapolis Star, 8/03/11; US Fed News, 8/01/11]

Donnelly called the debt limit agreement “far from perfect,” but said the economy depended on it. “This messy process has continued to threaten our economy because too few of my colleagues were willing to seriously negotiate until the last minute,” he said. “Americans deserve better from both sides of the aisle.” [South Bend Tribune, 8/02/11]
So why would Donnelly vote any different if we gave him a promotion? Joe Donnelly opposed the President more than 30% of the time and broke with his party more than all but six Democrats.  [CQ Custom Member Profile, 2/2012; National Journal Vote Rankings 2011]

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