FACT CHECK: Wall Street-Powered SuperPAC Launches Misleading Ad Against Donnelly

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Indianapolis, Ind.-- Club for Growth Action, the Wall Street-powered SuperPAC that spent nearly $1.5 million against Indiana Republican Senator Dick Lugar in the Primary Election, has launched a campaign against Joe Donnelly that’s filled with half-truths and misleading information about Joe Donnelly’s record.  

“The same Wall Street-funded special interests that spent wildly destroying Senator Lugar in the primary are now out to smear Joe Donnelly,” said Donnelly campaign manager Paul Tencher.  “Hoosiers are rejecting Richard Mourdock’s ‘my way or the highway’ partisanship, so his Washington allies have hit the panic button.  Just like Senator Bayh and Senator Lugar, Joe is running to represent Indiana, not special interests that stand up for China’s--not Indiana’s--workers and oppose crop insurance for Hoosier farmers.”


The Truth

V/O: "Congressman Joe Donnelly says he's independent.  
"Who's he kidding? Donnelly supported liberal Nancy Pelosi for House speaker. 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]
“He voted for the Wall Street bailout, Obama's failed stimulus and the government takeover of health care. 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]
“Since Donnelly went to Washington, the national debt is up $7 trillion. Joe Donnelly Voted for Billions in Spending Cuts That Became Law, including: On January 26, 2011 Joe voted for H Res 22, which cut Congressional office budgets by 5% (2011 Roll Call #8). On April 27, 2010 Joe voted in favor of a measure to block the automatic cost of living pay increase for members of Congress in 2011. [HR 5146, Vote #226, 4/27/10].  On June 27, 2007, Joe voted against a measure to kill an amendment that would block an automatic pay hike for members of Congress. By voting against the effort to the kill the amendment, Donnelly voted against a 2.5 percent salary increase ($4,400) for Members of Congress. [HR 517, Vote #580, 6/27/07].  On March 1, 2011, Joe voted for a short-term CR for unfinished FY’11 appropriations bills that included a cut of $4 billion in current spending (2011 Roll Call #154).  On March 15, 2011, Joe voted for another short-term CR for unfinished FY’11 appropriations bills that included a cut of $6 billion in current spending (2011 Roll Call #179).  On April 4, 2011, Joe voted for a third short-term CR for unfinished FY’11 appropriations bills that included a cut of $2 billion in current spending (2011 Roll Call #253).  On April 14, 2011, Joe voted for a compromise long-term CR which funded all remaining appropriations bills and cut spending by $39.9 billion from 2010 levels—though the Republican score would turn out to be less after the fact (2011 Roll #268).  On December 16, 2011, Joe voted for a megabus appropriations bill, containing nine individual appropriations measures. In total, the legislation reduced spending by $6 billion from the previous year. (2011 Roll #941).

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]
“Joe Donnelly: typical Washington liberal.” 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]

Joe Donnelly opposes allowing current 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]



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