Ad Watch: Reeling From Report That He Avoided Paying Taxes While Running For Treasurer, Josh Mandel’s Special Interest Friends Come To The Rescue Yet Again With Another False, Misleading Ad Against Sherrod


Ad Watch: Reeling From Report That He Avoided Paying Taxes While Running For Treasurer, Josh Mandel’s Special Interest Friends Come To The Rescue Yet Again With Another False, Misleading Ad Against Sherrod

Secretly-Funded Special Interests Have Now Spent $19.6 Million Against Sherrod – More Money Than They’ve Spent Against Any Other Senate Candidate

As Josh Mandel reels from a blockbuster report revealing that he appears to have shortchanged the Treasury while running for treasurer, Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS has come to the rescue with yet another false, misleading ad about Sherrod in an effort to distract from a report that Mandel paid no taxes on his 2010 campaign employees.

The report by Salon revealed that Mandel categorized his infamous political cronies as “contractors,” allowing him to skirt employment laws while avoiding paying taxes on the unqualified workers who would later be awarded high-powered jobs in the treasurer’s office under Mandel.

Crossroads latest ad against Sherrod brings the total amount of outside money spent against Sherrod to $19.6 million, more money than any senator or senate candidate in the country has faced.

Crossroads GPS – “When” – 9/25/12





Announcer:  “When Sherrod Brown voted for Obamacare, Ohio manufacturers got a new tax.”



The Impact Of The Tax Is Arguable And Portraying It As A Tax On Ohio Manufacturers’ Over Bills The Scope Of It.  In August 2012, PolitiFactwrote “The law does include an excise tax on the sale of medical devices. Its impact is arguable. Dissenters say it could cost jobs and force business overseas.  But portraying it broadly as ‘a new tax on Ohio manufacturers’ over bills the scope of the tax.”  [PolitiFact, 8/30/12]


The Tax On Medical Devices Does Not Apply To Items Generally Purchased By The General Public And Applies To Imported Devices As Well As Those Made Domestically.  In August 2012, PolitiFact reported “Crossroads GPS cites that as the ‘new tax on Ohio manufacturers,’ and notes that the Joint Committee on Taxation says it will generate $20 billion in revenue by 2020. The tax does not apply to devices made for export, or to eyeglasses, contact lenses, hearing aids or other medical device ‘generally purchased by the general public at retail for individual use,’ the law states. It applies to imported devices as well as those made domestically.” [PolitiFact,8/30/12]



Announcer:  “When Ohio manufacturers get a new tax, they don’t hire.”



PolitiFact On Crossroads GPS Ad Less Than A Month Ago:  Crossroads GPS Claim On Manufacturers Tax Cites A Study That “Is Not Credible.” In August 2012, PolitiFact reported “In responding to our query, Crossroads GPS also pointed to a 2011 study financed by the Advanced Medical Technology Association, or AdvaMed. It said that the excise tax would cause 10 percent of device manufacturing to move offshore, leading to the loss of 43,000 U.S. jobs. An analysis by the research service Bloomberg Government, however, found that the trade group’s study ‘is not credible.’ Bloomberg concluded that its assumptions conflict with economic research, overstate companies’ incentives to move jobs offshore, and ignore the positive effect of new demand created by the healthcare law.” [PolitiFact,8/30/12]


Medical Device Manufacturers “Could Not Cite An Example In Ohio Of A Company That Has Cut Jobs Or Put Growth Plans On Hold In Anticipation Of The Tax.”  In May 2012, The Columbus Dispatch wrote “Medical-device manufacturers and their advocates want to eliminate a 2.3 percent excise tax included in the federal health-care overhaul.”  The Dispatch continued, “Stephen Ubl, president and CEO of AdvaMed, the largest trade group representing medical-technology companies, said the tax could ultimately cost the United States tens of thousands of jobs. But he and other industry officials could not cite an example in Ohio of a company that has cut jobs or put growth plans on hold in anticipation of the tax.”  [Columbus Dispatch, 5/15/12]



Announcer:  When manufacturers don’t hire, people don’t have jobs.  When people don’t have jobs they ask why Sherrod Brown voted with Obama 95% of the time.  When you vote with Obama 95% of the time, it hurts Ohio.  Don’t let Sherrod Brown hurt Ohio.  It’s time to boot Brown.



Ohio’s Unemployment Rate Is Lower Than The National Average, The Auto Industry Has Made A Resurgence, And The Recovery Appears To Be Happening Faster In Ohio Than The Rest Of The Country.  In August 2012, The Dayton Daily News wrote “Ohio’s unemployment rate, at 7.2 percent, is lower than the 8.2 percent national unemployment rate. The auto industry, which appeared on the verge of calamity a few years ago, has made a resurgence. Recovery appears to be happening faster in Ohio than it is in the rest of the country.”  [Dayton Daily News, 8/18/12]


Between 2010 And 2012 Ohio Gained 80,915 Jobs.  In August 2012, The Dayton Daily News reported that January 2010 and January 2012 Ohio gained 80,915 jobs and noted “Some 30 percent of economic growth occurred in manufacturing, according to Mark Schweitzer, research director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.”  [Dayton Daily News, 8/18/12]


“Economists Say That The State’s Economy Is Undoubtedly Better Than The Rest Of The Country.”  In August 2012, The Dayton Daily News wrote “Economists say that the state’s economy is undoubtedly better than the rest of the country.”  [Dayton Daily News, 8/18/12]


“As Josh Mandel’s secretly-funded special interest buddies near $20 million in false, misleading ads that distort Sherrod’s record of fighting for Ohio’s middle class, there’s no distracting Ohioans from developing reports that Mandel shorted the Ohio Treasury – while running for treasurer – by not paying any taxes on his campaign employees,” said Sadie Weiner, spokeswoman for Friends of Sherrod Brown. “Only Josh Mandel would run for the office of Ohio Treasurer while skirting employment laws in an attempt to avoid paying taxes, and unfortunately for Mandel, no amount of attack ads from the likes of Karl Rove or the Koch brothers will change the fact that he’s a politician who can’t be trusted.”

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