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ICYMI: Fact Checks Agree Democrat Super PAC Ads are False and Misleading

COLUMBUS, Ohio – This week, on back to back days, the Cincinnati Enquirer took two dark-money Super PAC ads running across Ohio to task calling the ads “false” and saying that they “distort Portman’s record.”

The two ads in question come from Harry Reid’s Senate Majority PAC and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (ASFME). The outside groups are spending millions to broadcast these ads across Ohio and are further proof that there is not a candidate more reliant on out-of-state Super PAC money than Ted Strickland. He is the beneficiary of more outside spending - over $32 million - than any Senate candidate in America. Ted's awful record is forcing groups like Senate Majority and AFSME to launch grossly misleading ads in order to cover up the fact that when he was governor, Ohio lost more than 350,000 jobs - many to other states and countries - and ranked 48th in job creation.

Don’t just take our word for it, here is what they are saying:

Ad watch: Union spot distorts Sen. Rob Portman's record on outsourcing
Cincinnati Enquirer
August 11, 2016
Deirdre Shesgreen

This ad is false in its assertion that Portman voted "to give tax breaks to companies that shipped jobs overseas," nor did the Ohio Republican support any specific provision allowing companies to deduct expenses to “pack up” their equipment and send it to China.

…As its basis for the claims in the ad, AFSCME cites four Senate votes, taken from 2012 through 2015, on Democratic bills aimed at altering current tax policy. For example, the Senate voted in 2012 on legislation that would have prevented U.S. companies from taking a tax deduction for the cost of moving operations overseas. That bill also would have allowed businesses to take a tax credit if they brought jobs back to the U.S.—to encourage so-called in-sourcing.

…As Factcheck.org noted in a 2014 article examining a similar assertion, the Democratic proposal would not have addressed "the larger advantage that is built into the U.S. tax code, which is the ability of U.S.-based multinationals to avoid relatively high U.S. tax rates on profits earned overseas, unless and until those profits are brought back to the U.S."

Portman has pushed...for a broad overhaul of the tax code that would eliminate certain loopholes and lower the overall corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 25 percent. He and others say that would do more to keep American businesses from outsourcing jobs.

Now to a more symbolic problem with the ad: The factory in the background, located in Lorain, was idled earlier this year by Republic Steel. It was not put out of business by tax breaks for outsourcing, as the ad implies, but instead by a complex set of factors relating to a downturn in the economy, lower demand for steel, and illegal dumping of foreign steel products by America's global competitors…


Ad Watch: Did Portman help create jobs in Mexico?
Cincinnati Enquirer
August 10, 2016
Deirdre Shesgreen

The real problem with this ad comes with the tagline — “Rob Portman, a job creator everywhere but Ohio.”

Portman has been a staunch supporter of many Ohio businesses, and the assertion that he has created jobs everywhere but his home state is false. In a move hailed by small businesses, for example, Portman this year successfully won passage of a bipartisan bill to streamline the federal permitting process. And while Portman has been a staunch supporter of free trade, he has also worked hard to make sure that once those agreements are in place, other countries comply with international rules aimed at creating a level global playing field…

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