FACT CHECK: National Republicans Distort Donnelly’s Independent Record

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Indianapolis, Ind.--Today, Joe Donnelly’s campaign for U.S. Senate responded to the National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee’s ad, which distorts Donnelly’s record as an independent voice for Hoosier families.

“This is yet another desperate attempt to distract from the fact that Hoosiers are rejecting Mourdock’s ‘my way or the highway’ approach that will do nothing to create jobs, lower the debt, or move our country forward,” said Elizabeth Shappell, communications director.  “In truth, Joe Donnelly is an independent voice for Indiana families and fought against Richard Mourdock to save over 100,000 jobs in our state. Richard Mourdock said he didn’t take a pledge to protect every job in Indiana.  Joe will fight to protect and create every single job possible in Indiana.”


The Truth

V/O: The Obama-Pelosi agenda.  A wasteful $800 billion stimulus.  And Joe Donnelly voted yes. 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]
A $1.7 Trillion government takeover of healthcare.  And Joe Donnelly voted yes. 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]

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]
A taxpayer funded bailout of Wall Street Banks.  And Joe Donnelly voted yes.  

Joe Donnelly Backed Creating Commission to Try and Prevent Another Financial Meltdown.  In 2009, Donnelly voted in favor of creating a bipartisan commission to try and prevent another financial meltdown. The independent commission would examine the causes that led to the financial crisis and provide the resources necessary to help prevent it from happening again. [CQ Floor Votes, 5/18/09]

Supported Shareholder Say on Executive Pay Bill.  In 2009, Donnelly voted in favor of the Corporate and Financial Institution Compensation Fairness Act that gave shareholders a say on the pay of corporate executives. It did this by giving them a nonbinding vote on executive compensation plans and allowing federal regulators to restrict incentive-based compensation practices deemed to threaten the health of larger financial institutions.  [CQ Today, 7/31/09]

Joe Donnelly Supported TARP Reform and Accountability Act.  In 2009, Donnelly voted in favor of placing new strict requirements on banks and other financial institutions that accept government assistance under the Treasury Department’s $700 billion financial rescue program. The House measure included requiring recipients of government money to prove they are using the money to increase lending to consumers and small businesses, limit the ability to use the money to finance mergers, and bar them from paying bonuses to top executives until the money is repaid.  The reform also allowed for funds to be used to assist the domestic auto industry. [The Washington Post, 1/22/09]

The Obama-Pelosi Agenda is bankrupting America and killing jobs.  And Joe Donnelly said yes. 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]

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]

Mourdock On Chrysler Lawsuit: “I Didn't Take A Pledge That I Would Support Every Job In Indiana.” In 2010, reported the Indianapolis Star, “Mourdock counters that he didn't place jobs in jeopardy, because he didn't manage Chrysler into bankruptcy. He said he's received ‘lots of pats on the backs’ for fighting to protect retirees. ‘I didn't take a pledge that I would support every job in Indiana under whatever means it takes to do it,’ Mourdock said. ‘The oath I took said I would support the laws of Indiana and support the Constitution of the United States. Constitutional rights for people for which I had a fiduciary responsibility were being violated, and I had no choice to do what I did. I certainly have no regrets.’” [Indianapolis Star, 10/19/10]



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