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IN THE NEWS: Non-partisan fact checker finds GOP’s ad about Joe’s ties to manufacturing company to be “Mostly False”

Rep. Braun and his GOP allies, including the Mitch McConnell-aligned Senate Leadership Fund (SLF), have been running ads that pretend Joe Donnelly doesn’t stand with Hoosier workers, but a non-partisan fact checker has made clear they don’t have the truth on their side.

Politifact today labeled as “Mostly False” an SLF ad that claimed Joe profited while his brother’s company “got caught outsourcing jobs to Mexico.” Not only did the fact check conclude that the ad’s claims of Joe’s profits were “ridiculously out of line,” SLF couldn’t even prove that a single job had been outsourced.

From Politifact: Did Sen. Joe Donnelly profit from his family's outsourcing to Mexico?

A super PAC with ties to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is attacking incumbent Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly in a new ad…


We decided to investigate the ad’s statement about Donnelly earning $80,000 from his family after they were "caught outsourcing."


In a July 2017 radio interview, published after the AP story, Donnelly claimed that his brother had "never outsourced a single job" — meaning Stewart Superior did not lay off workers in the United States to replace them with cheaper labor in Mexico.

We can’t say for certain whether or not that is true. Neither can the Senate Leadership Fund.


"The $25,000 number is ridiculously out of line," Chance said. "And the $80,000 even more so."


Our ruling

The Senate Leadership Fund said Joe Donnelly's "family got caught outsourcing jobs to Mexico, and ‘Mexico Joe’ profited up to $80,000."

A company owned by Donnelly’s brother, Stewart Superior, opened a manufacturing plant in Mexico in 2011, though it’s not clear if U.S. jobs were lost as a result. That’s the clear threshold for using the term "outsourcing".

Because we can’t say if Donnelly’s family outsourced jobs, it’s harder to claim Donnelly profited up to $80,000 thanks to outsourcing. That said, it is unlikely that Donnelly could have made the full $80,000 from his shares in Stewart Superior between 2014 and 2016, based on the price he sold his stock for in 2017.

This claim contains an element of truth but ignores critical facts that would give a different impression. We rate it Mostly False.

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