FACT CHECK: Mourdock’s Special Interest Backers Focused on Washington; Joe Donnelly Focused on Indiana

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Indianapolis, Ind.--Today, Joe Donnelly’s campaign for U.S. Senate responded to the most recent attack ad from the special interest group propping up Richard Mourdock’s campaign, Club for Growth.

“The same group of Wall Street billionaires who spent over $2 million against Senator Lugar are yet again trying to buy an election--thank goodness Hoosier voters have the final say,” said Elizabeth Shappell, communications director.  “Richard Mourdock and his special interest funders are more focused on the Washington Way: more gridlock and more partisanship, which means more taxes, more debt, and fewer jobs.  Here in Indiana, we can see through these lies.  Richard Mourdock spent nearly $3 million of our taxpayer dollars to try to destroy over 100,000 jobs.  Joe Donnelly works nonstop with both parties to create jobs, lower the debt, and balance the budget.”


The Truth

V/O: The issue, jobs.  The candidates?  Richard Mourdock and Joe Donnelly. Club for Growth spent nearly $2 Million against Senator Richard Lugar.  [Washington Post, 5/10/12]
Mourdock opposes job-killing tax hikes, regulations, and debts.   Richard Mourdock spent nearly $3 Million of taxpayer money on a lawsuit to force Chrysler to liquidate. [News and Tribune, 6/3/12]

Mourdock’s budget would still have a deficit of $287 Billion in 2020 and would not run a surplus until 2040.  [Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 3/28/12]

Mourdock’s budget would raise taxes on the middle class to pay for tax cuts for millionaires.  Families earning less than $30,000 each year would see their tax rates go up and services they depend on slashed as the wealthiest Americans saw their rates fall to the lowest levels since the Herbert Hoover administration.  [Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, 4/12/12]

Mourdock opposes cracking down on Chinese currency manipulation, an unfair practice that has cost more than 60,000 Hoosier jobs.  Mourdock supports the Wall Street front group Club for Growth’s stance on currency manipulation, flip-flopping on the issue to earn their endorsement.  Currency manipulation cost Indiana more than 60,000 jobs in between 2001 and 2010 [Economic Policy Institute, 9/20/11; Roll Call, 5/9/12]
Donnelly has voted for higher taxes, government health care, and trillions in new debt.   Independent fact checkers have said this is the "Lie of the Year."  The government is not taking over medicine, taking over hospitals, or controlling doctors. Americans can stay on their employer-provided health care.  They can keep their doctors.  The ACA does not have any government-run insurance plan.  [PolitiFact, 12/16/10]

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]

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]
But what would a vote for Joe Donnelly really mean?  It would mean a U.S. Senate controlled by liberals.  More taxes and debt from Washington and less jobs for Indiana. 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]

In January 2011, Donnelly did not vote in favor of Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the House. Instead, he and 10 other Democrats voted in favor of North Carolina Democrat Heath Shuler. [Roll Call, 1/05/11; Politico, 1/05/11; Indianapolis Star, 1/06/11; CQ Today, 1/05/11]

Mourdock Allied With Tea Party In Pursuing Chrysler Lawsuit That Would Have Eliminated More Than 4,000 High-Paying Indiana Jobs. In 2009, Mourdock brought a lawsuit that challenged Chrysler’s bankruptcy restructuring, risking more than 4,000 high-paying Indiana jobs. Reported the Kokomo Tribune, “Allied with the Tea Party, Mourdock had fought tooth and nail to kill Chrysler's bankruptcy reorganization, preferring to see the company -- and more than 4,000 high-paying Kokomo jobs -- liquidated.” [Kokomo Tribune, 11/20/10]

Center For Automotive Research Study Found That Slowing Bankruptcy Settlement Could Endanger More Than 1 Million U.S. Jobs, Including More Than 100,000 In Indiana. Reported the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, “More than 1 million U.S. jobs - and more than 100,000 in Indiana - are riding on whether the bankruptcies of Chrysler LLC and General Motors Corp. are quick and orderly, according to a prominent research center's study. . . . The jobs study, by the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor, Mich., says that almost 250,000 U.S. jobs will be lost by 2011 if the Chrysler and GM bankruptcies go smoothly. It said Michigan, Ohio and Indiana, respectively, will be hardest hit, with 85,000 losses. But if the bankruptcies are protracted, consumers will desert the carmakers, creating massive disruptions in the supply chain and huge job losses, the study said. In Indiana, 13,000 jobs would be lost by 2011 under the best- case scenario. But if the bankruptcies become open-ended, 124,000 Hoosier jobs could be lost, the study said.” [Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, 6/9/09]



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