FACT CHECK: Chamber Propping Up Their Puppet Portman With False Attacks

COLUMBUS, OH -- The U.S. Chamber is out with a new, false advertisement attacking Ted Strickland –– but it’s no surprise they’re propping up an ultimate Washington insider like Sen. Portman: the Chamber and Portman are both unabashed supporters of unfair, job-killing trade policies that have outsourced hundreds of thousands of  Ohio jobs to places like China.

From Liz Margolis, Strickland for Senate Campaign Spokeswoman: “The Chamber is backing Sen. Portman with this false ad because he’s the ultimate Washington insider –– and because they are both unabashed supporters of job-killing trade policies that have outsourced hundreds of thousands of Ohio jobs to places like China. The flagrantly dishonest claims in this ad are more proof that the D.C. power brokers and wealthy special interests Portman serves are desperate to keep him in Congress so he can continue pushing their agenda at the expense of Ohio’s working families.”

False claim: Ted Strickland has a “lousy record” for Ohio

FACT: Newspapers said “Strickland has served the region and the state well.”

  • Akron Beacon Journal: “Strickland moved the state ahead as governor...He steered the state through the harsh recession, making hard choices yet protecting leading priorities.” [Akron Beacon Journal Editorial, 1/9/13]

  • Dayton Daily News: Strickland “pulled the state through a certified crisis as well as anyone could.” [Dayton Daily News Editorial, 10/13/10]

  • Youngstown Vindicator: “Strickland has served the region and the state well.” [Youngstown Vindicator Editorial, 10/17/10]

False claim: Strickland “crippled” Ohio’s economy.

FACT: Newspapers, fact checkers and economists agree: Strickland put Ohio on the road to economic recovery.


  • PolitiFact: “The Claim That Strickland Destroyed Ohio Jobs Amounts to Political Hyperbole.” [PolitiFact, 10/19/10]

  • Strickland Won Site Selection Magazine Governor’s Cup 3 Years In A Row For best State to Locate A Business In. [Site Selection Magazine, Press Release, 3/3/08; Site Selection Magazine, Press Release, 3/9/09; Site Selection Magazine, Press Release, 3/3/10]

  • Ohio Economist George Zeller: Ohio’s Recovery Began Under Ted Strickland. [PolitiFact 1/24/13] 

  • Cincinnati Enquirer: “The State’s Recovery Began Under Strickland.” [Cincinnati Enquirer, 7/20/15]

  • Akron Beacon Journal: Strickland “Steered the state through the harsh recession, making hard choices yet protecting leading priorities.” [Akron Beacon Journal Editorial, 1/9/13]

False claim: Strickland shouldn’t have the used the rainy-day fund during the recession.

FACT: The rainy-day fund prevented cuts to services and tax increases and 70 percent of states used rainy-day fund during recession.  

  • CBPP: “States With Rainy Day Funds Were Able To Avert Over $20 Billion In Cuts To Services And/Or Tax Increases.” “Almost all U.S. states relied on their ‘rainy day funds’ when the economic recession began to ravage their budgets, showing that the reserves will be critical during the next downturn and states should consider putting even more money away, a think tank said on Thursday. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, which closely tracks states' fiscal situations, found that over 70 percent have used their reserves to address budget gaps. ‘States with rainy day funds were able to avert over $20 billion in cuts to services and/or tax increases in the recession of the early 2000s and again in this most recent recession,’ CBPP said.” [Reuters,2/3/11]

  • Institute On Taxation And Economic Policy: A Rainy Day Fund Is Designed For Use In Economic Downturns. “Rainy day funds allow policymakers to avoid fiscal policy decisions that can worsen economic downturns. When budget shortfalls are caused by short-term economic declines, tax hikes or spending cuts can actually prolong the economic slump.” [Institute On Taxation And Economic Policy,2005]

False claim: Portman is “moving Ohio forward.”

FACT: Portman is the ultimate Washington insider, a “dedicated outsourcer” of jobs, and pushes the agenda of the wealthy and well-connected at the expense of Ohio’s working people.

  • National Journal: “Portman is the ultimate insider.” [National Journal, 5/12/12]

  • Politico: Portman is a “consummate Washington insider and GOP establishment figure.” [Politico, 5/4/16]

  • CQ: Portman is a “dedicated outsourcer.” [CQ Today, 3/17/05]

False claim: Repealing The Affordable Care Act would help Ohio.

FACT: Repealing The Affordable Care Act would slash support for drug abuse prevention.

  • Affordable Care Act Prevented Insurers From Denying Coverage Due To Pre-Existing Conditions, Including Substance Abuse. “Coverage thus expanded, the ACA then specifically addresses addiction by regulating what health benefits insurance plans must cover.  Or, as Heller puts it, ‘Now you have health coverage, which is step one. Step two is, will that health insurance pay for treatment?’  And the ACA represents a massive step forward in getting insurance plans to cover addiction treatment. First, starting this year, the legislation bars insurers from denying coverage due to pre-existing conditions—including substance abuse. But perhaps the most important changes come from the ACA's expansion of parity rules. In brief, ‘parity’ means that insurance plans must cover mental health and substance abuse treatment at the same level as regular medical care.” [Huffington Post,3/4/14] 
  • Affordable Care Act Made Substance Abuse Treatment An Essential Health Benefit, Requiring Insurers To Cover The Full Spectrum Of Disorder. “Under the ACA, substance abuse treatment will also become part of primary care, and will be focused more on prevention. Substance abuse treatment will also be considered an ‘essential service,’ meaning health plans are required to provide it. They must treat the full spectrum of the disorder, including people who are in the early stages of substance abuse. ‘There will be more prevention, early intervention and treatment options,’ he said. ‘The result will be better, and less expensive, outcomes.’” [Partnership For Drug-Free Kids,2/26/13] 

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