Karl Rove Attacks: As Mandel Dodges Questions Around FBI Investigation, Cronyism Scandal, More Special Interest Attack Spending Attempts To Bail Him Out

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Karl Rove Attacks: As Mandel Dodges Questions Around FBI Investigation, Cronyism Scandal, More Special Interest Attack Spending Attempts To Bail Him Out

Nearly $10 Million Dollars In Ads Have Been Spent Against Sherrod Brown By Josh Mandel And His Special Interest Friends

COLUMBUS, OHIO As Josh Mandel continues dodging questions about the FBI investigation into his shady campaign cash and the cronyism scandal engulfing his office, his special interest friends in D.C. are attempting to bail him out once again with a new attack ad by Karl Rove.

 

This brings total ad spending by Josh Mandel and his special interest friends against Sherrod to $10 million with $8.3 coming from secretly funded third party groups.

Crossroads GPS – Cheap, 6/13/12, :30

 

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Announcer:  It’s no surprise that Sherrod Brown voted for Obamacare.  He supports Obama’s agenda 95% of the time.  On Obamacare, Brown said:  “This bill pays for itself, it actually reduces the deficit.”  Actually, it adds $700 billion to the deficit… House Budget Committee, 9/29/10

 

 

Factcheck.org:  Claim That Health Care Would Add $700 Billion To The Deficit Is Bogus.  In January 2011, Factcheck.org wrote “As for the GOP’s claim that ‘the bill would add over $700 billion in red ink over the next decade,’ we judge it to be mostly bogus.”  [Factcheck.org, 1/19/11]

 

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]

 

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]

 

Repealing Healthcare Reform Would Increase The Deficit By $210 Billion.  In February 2011, The Hill reported “Repealing Democrats’ healthcare reform law would increase the deficit by $210 billion over 10 years, the Congressional Budget Office said Friday.”  [The Hill, 2/18/11]

 

Announcer:  … cuts $500 billion from Medicare spending, adds a new tax on Ohio manufacturers.  In Sherrod Brown’s Washington, talk is cheap.  But in Ohio it’s costing us a fortune.  Tell Brown, repeal Obamacare.  Support the New Majority agenda at Newmajorityagenda.org.

Washington Post, 3/24/10;

Joint Committee On Taxation Report, 3/20/10; Columbus Dispatch, 5/15/12

 

PolitiFact:  NRSC Claim That Sen. Brown Voted To Cut Medicare By $500 Billion “Rates As False.”  In June 2011, PolitiFact wrote “The NRSC revised and reissued a three-day-old news release that targeted virtually identical statements at Brown, of Ohio, and four other senators who all are Democrats up for re-election next year: Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Jon Tester of Montana, Ben Cardin of Maryland and Bill Nelson of Florida.  ‘Despite Sherrod Brown’s transparent political strategy to mislead Ohio seniors and demagogue Medicare, this serves as another reminder he is the only candidate in Ohio who has voted to cut Medicare by over $500 billion in order to fund government-run health care,’ said NRSC spokesman Jahan Wilcox.”  PolitiFact concluded, “On the Truth-Meter, the NRSC’s claim rates as False.”  [PolitiFact, 6/23/11]

 

Sept 2010:  60 Plus Association Claim That Health Care Bill “Will Cut $500 Billion From Medicare” Rated “Mostly False” By PolitiFact. In September 2010, PolitiFact reported “The ad loses points for accuracy because the $500 billion aren’t actual cuts but reductions to future spending for a program that will still grow significantly in the next 10 years.”  PolitiFact also noted “Because it leaves critical facts out of its description in a way that gives a misleading impression, we rate the statement Barely True.” In July 2011, PolitiFact changed its “Barely True” ratings to “Mostly False.” [PolitiFact, 9/20/10]

 

PolitiFact:  GOP Rep. Renacci’s Claim That “Half A Trillion Dollars In Cuts To Medicare That Are Going To Go In Place” As A Result Of Health Care Reform Rated “Mostly False.” In February 2011, PolitiFact reported “PolitiFact examined repeated claims by politicians and interest groups in 2010 that the health care reform bill would cut Medicare by $500 billion, including one by the 60 Plus Association in an attack ad against Renacci’s election opponent, Democrat John Boccieri. Each time the claim was found to be Barely True, no matter who or where it was uttered.  Neither a new year, nor the GOP takeover of the House of Representatives makes it any more accurate.  We still rate the claim as Barely True.” In July 2011, PolitiFact changed its “Barely True” ratings to “Mostly False.” [PolitiFact, 2/2/11]

 

 

“Josh Mandel is a politician who can’t be trusted and while he dodges questions about the FBI investigation into his shady campaign cash and the cronyism scandal in the Treasurer’s office, it’s no surprise that he and his special interests friends led by Karl Rove have now spent nearly $10 million against Sherrod in false and misleading ads,” said Sadie Weiner, Friends of Sherrod Brown spokesperson. “Josh Mandel can’t be trusted to show up for work, hire qualified individuals, solicit legal campaign contributions, or stand up for Ohio’s middle class, but he can always be counted on to stand shoulder to shoulder with special interest GOP party bosses like Karl Rove.”

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Paid for by Friends of Sherrod Brown