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Ad Watch: As Mandel Continues Stumbling, Special Interest Spending Against Sherrod Passes $10 Million With Latest False And Misleading Attack Ad From Karl Rove

Secretly Funded Third Party Groups Have Now Spent More Than $10.5 Million To Distract From Mandel’s “Consistent String Of Lousy Headlines”

COLUMBUS, OHIO – As Josh Mandel’s “consistent string of lousy headlines” rolls on with a new piece debunking Josh Mandel’s latest lie, Karl Rove has launched another ridiculously false attack ad to bail out our absentee Treasurer.

Secretly funded third party groups have now spent a whopping $10.5 million dollars to go after Sherrod Brown, which is more than any other senate candidate in the country has faced.

Total spending against Sherrod Brown is now more than $12 million.

Crossroads GPS Ad Watch – Show – :30 

CLAIMS FACTS
 

Announcer:  It’s time to play, “Who’s the Biggest Supporter of the Obama Agenda In Ohio?”  It’s Sherrod Brown!  Brown backed Obama’s agenda a whopping 95% of the time.

 

 

 

 

Columbus Dispatch: Brown Has Plenty Of Differences With Obama.  In a June 2011 column in the Columbus Dispatch, Jack Torry wrote “As next year’s election looms closer, the split is growing between President Barack Obama and Sen. Sherrod Brown. Outside of being from the same political party, they don’t seem to have much in common any longer.”  Torry went on to note Brown’s differences with Obama including international trade policy and Afghanistan policy.  [Columbus Dispatch, 6/27/11]

Brown Voted Against Cap And Trade Bill.  In June 2008, Senator Brown voted against a motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on the Boxer, D-Calif., substitute amendment no. 4825 that would cap greenhouse gas emissions nationwide and set up a trading system for companies to buy and sell emissions allowances. [CQ; Vote 145, 6/6/08]

  • Then-Senator Obama Supported The 2008 Cap And Trade Bill That Failed In The Senate.  In June 2008, The Richmond Times Dispatch wrote “Sen. John W. Warner’s bill to limit greenhouse-gas emissions died in the Senate yesterday. Supporters failed to muster the 60 votes needed to limit debate and vote on the bill.”  The Dispatch continued, “The vote to end debate failed with 48 senators voting in favor and 36 against. Six senators, including presidential candidates Barack Obama, D-Ill., and John McCain, R-Ariz., were not present but indicated they support the bill.”  [Richmond Times Dispatch, 6/7/08]

Brown Voted Against Trade Agreement Between The United States And Colombia Supported By Obama Administration.  In October 2011, Senator Brown voted against passage of the bill that would implement a trade agreement between the United States and Colombia. The agreement would reduce most tariffs and duties on goods traded between the two countries, reduce barriers to trade in services, increase protections for intellectual property and require Colombia to take steps to strengthen its labor and environmental enforcement standards.  [Vote 163, 10/12/11; Bloomberg BusinessWeek, 10/3/11]

 Brown Voted Against Trade Agreement Between The United States And Panama Supported By Obama Administration.  In October 2011, Senator Brown voted against passage of the bill that would implement a trade agreement between the United States and Panama. The agreement would reduce most tariffs and duties on goods traded between the two countries, reduce barriers to trade in services, increase protections for intellectual property and require Panama to take steps to strengthen its labor and environmental enforcement standards.  [Vote 162, 10/12/11; Bloomberg BusinessWeek, 10/3/11]

Brown Voted Against Trade Agreement Between The United States And South Korea.  In October 2011, Senator Brown voted against passage of the bill that would implement a trade agreement between the United States and South Korea. The agreement would reduce most tariffs and duties on goods traded between the two countries, reduce barriers to trade in services, increase protections for intellectual property and reduce tariffs on U.S. autos exported to South Korea.  [Vote 161, 10/12/11; Bloomberg BusinessWeek, 10/3/11]

 

 

Announcer: He voted for budget busting Obamacare that adds $700 billion to the deficit

On Screen:  Cuts $500 billion from Medicare spending  [Washington Post, 3/24/10]

On Screen:  Adds $700 billion to the deficit  [House Budget Committee, 9/29/10; CQ Vote #105, 3/25/10]

 

 

The “House Budget Committee” Cited By Crossroads Is A Report Prepared By Republican Staff. Crossroads GPS misleads viewers by citing the “House Budget Committee,” when in fact it is citing a report prepared by Republican staff of the House Budget Committee. [Republican Staff, House Budget Committee, 9/29/10]

Sept 2010:  60 Plus Association Claimed The “Health Care Bill Will Cut $500 Billion From Medicare;” PolitiFact Rated The Claim “Mostly False.” In November 2011, PolitiFact wrote “Guess which member of Congress ‘betrayed’ seniors by voting in favor of the 2010 health care law, a vote for ‘Nancy Pelosi’s health care bill which will cut $500 billion from Medicare’ and ‘hurt the quality of our care.’  Which member is it? Well, lots of them, according to the 60 Plus Association.”  PolitiFact concluded:  “This statement was rated Barely True when it was published. On July 27, 2011, we changed the name for the rating to Mostly False.”  [PolitiFact, 9/20/10]

U.S. Chamber’s Claim That “Seniors Will See $500 Billion In Medicare Cuts” Was Ruled “Mostly False.”  In May 2012, PolitiFact wrote “The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is going after Sen. Bill Nelson’s vote in favor of the federal health care law, saying in a new television ad that the law will ‘be a nightmare for Florida seniors.’  The ad includes a statement from Nelson supporting the health care law but interrupts Nelson to suggest his statement is inaccurate. The narrator in the ad, among other things, says that ‘seniors will see $500 billion in Medicare cuts to fund Obamacare.’  That’s what we’re fact-checking here — and have fact-checked many times before.”  PolitiFact concluded that this claim is “Mostly False.”  [PolitiFact, 5/9/12]

March 2011: Congressional Budget Office Estimated That Healthcare Reform Reduces The Federal Deficit By $143 Billion Over A Ten-Year Period.  In a March 2011 report, the Congressional Budget Office wrote “enacting PPACA and the Reconciliation Act would produce a net reduction in federal deficits of $143 billion over the 2010–2019 period as a result of changes in direct spending and revenues.”  [CBO’s Analysis of the Major Health Care Legislation Enacted in March 2010, 3/30/11]

 

 

Announcer: … for Obama’s $453 billion tax increase

On Screen:  Obama’s proposed $453 billion tax increase [CQ Vote #160, 10/11/11; American Jobs Act of 2011, 10/7/11]

 

 

“Centerpiece” Of The American Jobs Act Was An Extension and Expansion Of The Payroll Tax Cut – Over Half Of Bill Was $240 Billion In Tax Cuts.  According to the New York Times, “The centerpiece of the bill, known as the American Jobs Act, is an extension and expansion of the cut in payroll taxes, worth $240 billion, under which the tax paid by employees would be cut in half through 2012. Smaller businesses would also get a cut in their payroll taxes, as well as a tax holiday for hiring new employees.”  The New York Times also noted that the entire bill was $447 billion.  [New York Times, Updated 3/15/12]

 

Announcer:  And even supported cap & trade which could have cost Ohio over 100,000 jobs

On Screen: What could have cost Ohio over 100,000 manufacturing jobs?  A: Sherrod Brown B: Cap And Trade [CQ Vote #141, 6/2/08; The Heritage Foundation, 5/20/08]

 

 

Brown Voted Against Cap And Trade Bill.  In June 2008, Senator Brown voted against a motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on the Boxer, D-Calif., substitute amendment no. 4825 that would cap greenhouse gas emissions nationwide and set up a trading system for companies to buy and sell emissions allowances. [CQ; Vote 145, 6/6/08]

  • Then-Senator Obama Supported The 2008 Cap And Trade Bill That Failed In The Senate.  In June 2008, The Richmond Times Dispatch wrote “Sen. John W. Warner’s bill to limit greenhouse-gas emissions died in the Senate yesterday. Supporters failed to muster the 60 votes needed to limit debate and vote on the bill.”  The Times Dispatch continued, “The vote to end debate failed with 48 senators voting in favor and 36 against. Six senators, including presidential candidates Barack Obama, D-Ill., and John McCain, R-Ariz., were not present but indicated they support the bill.”  [Richmond Times Dispatch, 6/7/08]

 

Sen. Brown Joined Republicans In Voting Against Cap & Trade.  In June 2008, The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported “U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, an Ohio Democrat who has enjoyed widespread support from environmentalists, joined Republicans Friday to block legislation aimed at curtailing global warming.” [Cleveland Plain Dealer, 6/7/08]

Brown “Voted Against” Cap and Trade Bill Because Of Concerns For Ohio Manufacturers.  In October 2009, the New York Times reported “Last summer, Brown voted against cloture on the Lieberman-Warner climate measure and penned a letter along with other Midwestern Democrats to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) that outlined a list of concerns roughly similar to the same ones simmering around the bill today — namely calling for more protection for existing manufacturing and increased investment in energy research.” [New York Times, 10/14/09]

Sen. Brown:  “I’m Concerned About The Cap-And-Trade Provisions.”  In February 2009, The Columbus Dispatch reported that Sen. Sherrod Brown “said in a statement that he would want to make sure that the money generated by such a system ‘goes back to the consumers, states and industries that are most affected by the changes. I look forward to working with the president and my colleagues in Congress so that we can address climate change in a way that harnesses the ingenuity of Ohio workers and companies to retool and create jobs.’  He was more direct in an interview with the Ohio News Network, saying, ‘Yeah, I’m concerned about the cap-and-trade provisions … Cap and trade without some help for manufacturing is really a problem for Ohio.’”  [Columbus Dispatch, 2/27/09]

Sen. Brown Warned President Obama Of The “Unintended Consequences Of Imprudent Regulation.”  In February 2011, The Columbus Dispatch reported “In an apparent break with environmentalists who have generally supported him, Sen. Sherrod Brown is urging President Barack Obama to consider the ‘economic repercussions’ before issuing regulations to control greenhouse gases believed to cause global warming. In a letter to the White House today, the Ohio Democrat wrote that ‘without careful consideration, the unintended consequences of imprudent regulation could ultimately undermine our shared objectives of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and spurring economic growth.’”  [Columbus Dispatch, 2/28/11]

Sen. Brown Made Clear He Was Siding With Ohio Industries Who Fear Tough Global Warming Regulations.  In February 2011, The Dayton Daily News reported “In a letter to the White House Monday, Brown, D-Ohio, wrote that ‘without careful consideration, the unintended consequences of imprudent regulation could ultimately undermine our shared objectives of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and spurring economic growth.’ With the letter, Brown made clear he is siding with Ohio industries who fear that tough global warming regulations will severely damage manufacturing and farming in the state.”  [Dayton Daily News, 2/28/11]

  • Cleveland Plain Dealer:  Sen. Brown “Got It Right” On Environmental Regulations.  In a March 2011 editorial, The Cleveland Plain Dealer opined that Senator Brown “got it right in a recent letter urging President Barack Obama to slow the pace and narrow the scope of pending environmental regulations. If not changed, the overly rigid greenhouse gas emission rules could stifle Ohio’s manufacturing recovery.”  [Cleveland Plain Dealer, Editorial, 3/7/11]

 

 

“Josh Mandel’s decision to take shady campaign cash, ignore his job, hire unqualified staff on the taxpayer’s dime, and repeat one ridiculous lie after another has earned him a reputation for being a politician who can’t be trusted and the only reason he’s competitive in this race is that secretly funded special interest spending on his behalf has now passed $10 million thanks to Karl Rove’s latest false and misleading attack ad,” said Sadie Weiner, Friends of Sherrod Brown spokesperson. “Unfortunately for Josh Mandel, no amount of secret corporate money can hide his cronyism, absenteeism, and anti middle class agenda.”