COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Strickland campaign is set to commit an act of desperation tomorrow morning as internal doubts about their candidate continue to mount. On the heels of lost union support and amidst a growing chorus of criticism from his own party, Ted Strickland will attempt to recycle disproven personal attacks for an entire month. Why? Because he's hit a dead end. Meanwhile, Rob Portman spent the past week meeting with veterans and community leaders from around Ohio.
From Campaign Manager Corry Bliss: "The coming Strickland memorandum is so pathetic, we're releasing it for him. While Ted's false attacks are disappointing, they're not surprising given his lost union endorsements, failure to meet fundraising goals, and the fury his campaign ignited for racist gimmicks. Ted has nothing left to do except recycle disproven personal attacks because his campaign has no traction, no money, and no grassroots support -- just one failed record of doing nothing while 350,000 jobs fled Ohio and then moving to D.C. to cash in on his political connections. Ted Strickland should take a deep breath, stop the false attacks, and figure out a way to explain why he took money to represent the benefactors of a Ponzi scheme that bilked thousands of Ohioans out of their life savings."
Full fact checks on Ted Strickland's false claims are below, but first, let's examine Ted's own record in the private sector:
Ted Strickland’s Private Sector Career
1) Strickland was hired as a mediator on behalf of a New York City hedge fund that knowingly financed a Ponzi scheme that robbed thousands of Ohioans of their retirement savings.
Ohio victims who lost everything and who Ted Strickland mediated against:
“…5,200-plus Ohio residents and organizations, primarily in Northeast Ohio, who had trusted and invested more than $216 million in Fair Finance… Very little of that has proven to be collectable… Nearly all of that money has gone to pay for legal fees and related expenses. The money recovered so far amounts to less than $2,800 per investor. While the average holding per investor amounted to $41,122, many people and some organizations had invested much more. (Akron Beacon Journal, 12/6/14)
“Durham and Cochran were accused of using Fair Finance funds to spend on lavish lifestyles at the expense of the thousands of people who for years had loaned money to Fair Finance by buying investment certificates… Durham, who collected expensive cars and art, had a yacht, leased a jet, owned a mansion and more than once said he wanted to be the richest man in America…” (Akron Beacon Journal, 1/14/13)
2) Ted Strickland formed a lobbying firm with powerful Washington insiders but Strickland won't identify his clients.
3) When Strickland left the governor's office, he had zero business experience. He was named a member of the board of two government funded organizations, Viridis Learning and Serious Energy (which failed), that have long history with the Obama administration.
NOTE: Viridis Learning is a New York-based education tech company led by Felix Ortiz, who has served in multiple capacities for Obama. YouthBuild USA, a government-funded non-profit, was among the “early adopters” of Viridis’ system. (Viridis Learning, Press Release, October 17, 2013)
NOTE: In 2009 and 2010, the Obama administration established a cozy relationship with Serious Energy that was rooted in the company’s dependence on stimulus-funded incentives. (John Stossel, Fox Business, February 23, 2012)
4) Ted Strickland’s failed 2010 campaign gave over $150,000 to Innovation Ohio – and he later listed himself as a consultant. Did he get paid by his own campaign money?
NOTE: From March 2011 - January 2012, Strickland’s campaign committee - Strickland for Governor - made a total of $159,076 in donations to Innovation Ohio. His committee’s $130,000 donation in 2011 accounted for 20% of Innovation Ohio’s total revenue for that year. (Ohio Secretary of State, Strickland for Governor Expenditures, Accessed June 8, 2015; Innovation Ohio, 2011 IRS 990)
5) Strickland also listed himself as a consultant to the political consulting firm Remington Road Group, but refuses to name accounts he worked on. They also now run his campaign.
NOTE: According to Strickland’s financial disclosure statement for the 2011 calendar year, Strickland reported an undisclosed amount of “consultation” income from The Remington Road Group LL
NOTE: Since 2011, The Remington Road Group LLC has been paid over $500,000 for its political consulting work for labor union groups, an Ohio ballot campaign, the Democrat Attorneys General Association, the Ohio Association for Justice PAC, and a failed Ohio gubernatorial candidate.
NOTE: Remington Road Group has received over $72,500 from Strickland's Senate campaign for "strategic consulting." (FEC)
FALSE CLAIM #1: "Portman Was A Registered Foreign Agent For A Brutal Haitian Dictator"
FACTS: In 1984 – 32 years ago – fresh out of law school, Rob worked for two years at a law firm that required all of their attorneys to register as standard procedure. Although Rob filed, he never actually did any lobbying work on their behalf. In 2005, the top Democrat lobbyist at Patton Boggs, Partner Stuart Pape, filled out an affidavit saying Rob never did any lobbying (CLICK HERE FOR AFFIDAVIT). It is also important to note that the reason this affidavit came to fruition was because one cannot legally serve as USTR if one has ever lobbied for foreign governments. Rob was unanimously confirmed to serve as USTR following his time at Patton Boggs. It’s also important to note that the BuzzFeed article they are using as a citation proves their claim false.
FACT: In 1984 – 32 years ago – fresh out of law school and as a first-year associate, Rob "never billed a millisecond of time” to the governments of Oman and Haiti.
ABC NEWS: Did Rob Portman Lobby for Haiti? No. "But there's one problem with the allegation: It's not true... Portman's Senate office has provided what appears to be solid evidence that he, in fact, did no work for Haiti or Oman or, for that matter, any foreign government. In a signed affidavit provided by Portman's staff and dated April 12, 2005, the managing partner of Patton Boggs, Stuart Pape, says flatly that Portman did no work for any foreign government during his relatively short stint with the firm. Pape, by the way, is a prominent Democratic lobbyist. "I have reviewed the time records maintained by the Firm for the entire period in which Mr. Portman was an associate attorney with the Firm," Pape says in the affidavit. "Those records confirm," Pape says, that "at no time did Mr. Portman do any work for any foreign government or entity of a foreign government."
Strickland voted twice – in 1993 and 1994 – in support of China's Most Favored Nation status. (HJRes 208, Roll Call Vote 347, July 21, 1993, Overall vote: 105-318, Strickland Vote: No), (HJRes 373, Roll Call Vote 381, August 9, 1994, Overall vote: 75-356, Strickland Vote: No)
PolitiFact Ohio: We consulted trade experts on both sides of the partisan aisle. They were unanimous that the ad’s statement is fundamentally wrong.
Weekly Standard: Ted Strickland Was For Free Trade with China, Before He Was Against It
Morning Consult: But while Strickland opposed the renewal in 2000, he voted in 1993 and 1994 to retain China’s “most favored nation” status.
FALSE CLAIM #3: "Portman Worked For A Wall Street Bank That Contributed To The Housing Market Crash And Global Economic Recession"