Friday, October 20, 2006

WILL DEWINE BE AS HONEST WITH VOTERS TONIGHT AS HE IS IN HIS ADS?

TOLEDO, OH – The Sherrod Brown for Senate campaign today released the following preview of this evening’s Toledo debate. If tonight’s debate is anything like the debate on October 13 in Dayton, DeWine’s rhetoric will not match reality. DeWine was forced to change a television spot today for making false claims about Sherrod Brown.

RHETORIC:
“I have fought our drug companies.”
--Mike DeWine, 10/13/06 debate

REALITY:
DeWine’s Pediatrics Bill Was Billion-Dollar “Boon” to Industry. “Sens. Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.) and Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) have offered the Best Pharmaceuticals for Children Act S 838, the reauthorization bill that would continue the exclusivity provision. However, the Journal reports that the program has been a ‘boon’ for pharmaceutical companies who use the law to delay the ‘dramatic’ declines that their brand-name drug sales experience after generic versions enter the market. Generic drug makers say that the program ‘has exacted a steep price’ for consumers. According to the Generic Pharmaceutical Association, the cost to consumers of the ‘unfettered market access’ for three top-selling drugs that have recently been granted the six-month extension is about $1.96 billion.” [Wall Street Journal, 8/1/01]

DeWine Accepted More Than $400,000 from the Pharmaceutical Industry. [fec.gov]

DeWine Voted For Medicare Prescription Drug Bill Heavily Tilted Towards Drug Companies. The Medicare reform plan that was larded with perks for private companies that increase the cost of Medicare and hurt seniors. The legislation made it illegal for Medicare to negotiate over price with drug companies, which will give drug companies an additional $139 billion in “windfall profits”. [HR 1, 11/25/03, #459; Washington Post, 10/31/03; Alan Sager, Boston University School of Public Health, 10/31/03]

DeWine Opposed Republican and Democratic Drug Re-Importation Bills. Bills sought to allow safe reimportation of prescription drugs from Canada. In July 2004, The Hill reported that, “…Mike DeWine (R-Ohio), a key swing voter on the panel, does not like the Gregg bill or a competing alternative introduced by Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) that has attracted wide bipartisan support.” [The Hill, 7/21/04]

RHETORIC:
“[Sherrod Brown] missed 92% of the hearings of his own committee that was looking at what’s going on with Korea.”
--Mike DeWine, 10/13/06 debate

REALITY:
DeWine Compared Apples to Oranges: Attack Cites A Partial Record. “Records released by the Brown campaign and not disputed by the DeWine campaign show that DeWine missed at least 48 of the 101 public hearings since 1995”, when he started on the committee, according to the Plain Dealer. By contrast, the DeWine campaign attacked Sherrod Brown’s attendance over recent years at specific subcommittee hearings on a single topic, and included only a partial list of hearings factored into its calculations. [Plain Dealer, 10/6/06; DeWine Campaign Release, 10/17/2006]

DeWine Compared Apples to Oranges: Jurisdiction of Committees Not the Same. Among the jurisdiction of the Senate Intelligence Committee is the responsibility to “assure that the appropriate departments and agencies of the United States provide informed and timely intelligence necessary for the executive and legislative branches, […] make sound decisions affecting the security and vital interests of the Nation, […and] provide vigilant legislative oversight over the intelligence activities.” The House International Relations, by contrast, focuses on diplomacy; nowhere does the word “security” appear under its jurisdiction. [intelligence.senate.gov; internationalrelations.house.gov]

Brown was Busy Serving His Constituents, as Well as Seeing to His Duties as Ranking Member of the Health Subcommittee. During the meetings highlighted by DeWine, Brown was: at a markup at the Commerce Committee, at Energy and Commerce hearing “A Review of the Administration's FY2006 Health Care Priorities,” meeting with the Ohio Primary Care Association, the National League of Cities and Cleveland Councilman Zack Reed, at a health subcommittee markup on the State High Risk Pool Funding Extension Act and the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act, and was meeting with Robert Zienkowski, Brunswick City Manager. [energycommerce.house.gov]

[Brown] was either running simultaneous hearings of a health care subcommittee on which he is the ranking Democrat, or because he was out with injuries after a car crash and when his daughter was sick. [Plain Dealer, 10/14/06]

DeWine Refuses to Disclose Full Attendance Record. DeWine refused to release his full attendance record for Senate Intelligence Committee hearings. The Plain Dealer reported, “DeWine said Thursday that he did not keep track of the number or percentage of classified intelligence meetings he has attended.” The Plain Dealer also reported that “Sen. Mike DeWine was noncommittal when asked Friday night whether he'd ask the Senate Intelligence Committee to release his attendance record for its hearings.” [Plain Dealer, 10/06/06; Plain Dealer, 10/14/06]

RHETORIC:
“Sherrod knows that I have nothing to do with these people that who he’s talking about [Tom Noe, etc.]”
--Mike DeWine, 10/13/06 debate

REALITY:
DeWine Accepted More Campaign Contributions from Tom Noe than ANY Other Candidate. Mike DeWine received $8,000 from Thomas Noe, of Sylvania. Mike DeWine received more contributions than George W. Bush, more contributions than George Voinovich, and more total contributions than any other candidate for federal office. [Washington Post, 11/27/05; fec.gov]

Noe Is Currently on Trial for Stealing $2.2 Million in Taxpayer Funds. Noe was given $50 million from Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) to invest in rare coins and collectibles and is accused of stealing $2.2 million of that amount. Noe is charged with 45 counts and faces decades in prison if convicted. Last month, he was sentenced to 27 months in federal prison for illegally funneling more than $45,000 to Bush in 2003. [Toledo Blade, 10/16/03]

RHETORIC:
“He knows very well that I did not vote against college assistance.”
--Mike DeWine, 10/13/06 debate

REALITY:
DeWine Repeatedly Voted Against College Assistance. Mike DeWine voted against a college tuition deduction at least twice, voted against making it permanent, then voted to eliminate it. The college tuition deduction benefited over 134,000 Ohio students. [HR 8, 7/13/00, #182; HR 1836, Vote #114, 5/17/2001; HR 1836, 5/22/01, #152; HR 4297 Vote #118, 5/11/06; Senate Finance Committee Press Release, 11/7/05]

RHETORIC:
“I’ve voted ever since the president became president for a minimum wage increase.”
--Mike DeWine, 10/13/06 debate

THE FACTS:
Five of These Seven Votes Came After Sherrod Brown Announced Challenge. This is a grand total of seven votes, all in 2005 or 2006. Five of these votes came after Brown announced he would challenge DeWine. None have passed. [Plain Dealer 10/7/05; HR 5970 Vote #229 8/3/06; S 2766, 6/21/06, #179; S 2766, 6/21/06, #180; HR 3058, 10/19/05, #257; HR 3058, 10/19/05, #258; S 256, 3/7/05, #26; S 256, 3/7/05, #27]

Senator DeWine Has Opposed Minimum Wage Increase At Least Nine Times. Since entering the Senate, DeWine has voted to kill or delay at least nine attempts to increase the federal minimum wage. Those increases ranged from 90 cents to $2.10 per hour. [HR 3448, 7/9/1996, #183; SCR 101, 4/7/00, #76; S 625, 11/9/99, #356; S 96, 4/28/99, #94; SCR 20, 3/25/99, #77; S 1301, 9/22/98, #278; HR 3448, 7/9/96, #184; S 1429, 7/30/99, #239; HR 1296, 3/28/96, #58]

Akron Beacon-Journal: DeWine “Rarely” Supports a Raise. “DeWine rarely supports a Democrat's effort to raise the minimum wage.” [Akron Beacon-Journal. 6/25/06]

RHETORIC:
“ . . . the FIRE Act, a bill that I wrote, that’s brought back a hundred million dollars to fire departments across the state.”
--Mike DeWine, 10/13/06 debate

REALITY:
Sherrod Brown Was Cosponsor of House FIRE Act Bill. Sherrod Brown was a cosponsor of the House version of H.R. 1168, the companion bill to S. 1941, which was introduced six months before the Senate version. Senator Dodd then added his bill, S. 1941, to the Defense Authorization Act of FY 2001. [CRS Report, “Assistance to Firefighter Programs,” 3/11/03; HR 1168, 1999]

DeWine Voted Against at Least $64.18 Billion in Funding for First Responders. These 14 separate votes include firefighter assistance grants, fully funding the FIRE and SAFER Acts, Emergency Management Performance Grants, smallpox vaccinations, and general first responder Homeland Security funding. [HJR 2, Vote #3, 1/16/2003; SCR 23 Vote #65, 3/21/03; SCR 23, Vote #73, 3/21/2003; SCR 23 Vote #88, 3/25/03; S 762 Vote #123, 4/3/03; HR 2555 Vote #293, 7/2/03; HR 2555 Vote #296, 7/23/03; HR 2555, Vote #299, 7/24/2003; S Amdt 2031 Vote #421, 10/30/03; S Con Res Vote #42, 03/11/04; S Con Res 95 Vote #48 3/11/04; HR 4567 Vote #170, 9/9/04; HR 4567 Vote #175, 9/14/04; S Con Res 18 Vote #50, 3/15/05; HR 2360 Vote #177, 7/13/05]

The same year that DeWine takes credit for writing the Fire Act, the International Association of Fire Fighters gave him a 0% rating. [Project Vote Smart, www.vote-smart.org, IAFF, www.iaff.org]

“Many big-city police departments such as Cleveland also are bleeding officers. Nationally, the number of police has remained stagnant in recent years, despite federal help from the Clinton-era COPS community-policing program, which spent $9 billion to help put 118,000 more officers on the streets. The Bush administration, which has emphasized training and says staffing levels should be largely a local responsibility, is phasing out the program . . . The call-up of reservists and National Guard members for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan also is taxing police and fire departments . . . In Ohio, there are roughly the same number of state troopers today — 1,500 — as there were in the mid-1970s, ‘even though we have 20 times the amount of work,’ says Jim Roberts, director of the Ohio State Troopers Association.” [USA Today, “Police, Fire Departments See Shortages Across USA”, 11/28/2004]

RHETORIC:
“Congressman Brown knows very well that I'm not in favor of privatization of Social Security. He keeps saying this, but once again he's not saying what is correct. ”
--Mike DeWine, 10/13/06 debate

REALITY:
DeWine Voted to Establish Private Accounts for Social Security that Would Weaken Social Security's Guaranteed Benefits and Replace Them with Risky Investment Accounts. In 1998, DeWine voted to dedicate the budget surplus to establishment of program of personal retirement accounts for working Americans to reduce unfunded liabilities of the Social Security program. [SCR 86, Vote #56, 4/1/1998]

DeWine Voted in Favor of Establishing Private Social Security Accounts. In 1998, DeWine voted to establish personal retirement accounts. [SCR 86, Vote #77, 4/2/1998]

DeWine Supported Private Social Security Accounts. In 2000, regarding what to do about Social Security, the Cincinnati Enquirer wrote that DeWine, “Favors a plan that would let taxpayers pick one of several government-approved funds to invest their payroll taxes.” [Cincinnati Enquirer, 11/1/00]

DeWine Supported Private Accounts for Younger Workers. According to the Dayton Daily News, “On Social Security, DeWine, 53, said he wants to guarantee retirees and those soon to be retired the Social Security benefits they've been promised but to offer a 'blended' system to younger workers. The younger workers could put use part of their Social Security payroll deductions for private investments.” [Dayton Daily News, 11/1/00]

Columbus Dispatch: “Regarding Social Security, DeWine supports a phase-in of individual investment accounts for younger workers.” [Columbus Dispatch 10/29/00]

DeWine Voted For Privatizing Social Security. DeWine voted for the fiscal 2007 budget resolution. “Despite the American public’s strong opposition to Social Security privatization, 46 Republican Senators [including DeWine] voted to raid the Social Security trust fund in an effort to advance the President’s unpopular plan to privatize Social Security. The GOP’s privatization proposal would shift Social Security’s annual surpluses into a reserve account intended to be turned into risky private accounts. Max Baucus noted, ‘This is privatization of Social Security pure and simple.’ Democrats succeeded in defeating the proposal by a vote of 46-53.’” [SCR 83, #68, 3/16/06; Roll Call, 3/20/2006; DSCC Release, 3/16/2006]

RHETORIC:
“Bill Clinton had the same intelligence everybody else had, and Sherrod knows it.”
--Mike DeWine, 10/13/06 debate

REALITY:
Clinton Didn’t Create New Intelligence Agency To Cook The Books, Bush Did. At the behest of Vice President Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld’s Defense Department created its own intelligence that sought out intelligence that would boost the Administration’s assertion that Iraq had WMD and ties to al Qaeda. In 2004, Bush administration officials said intelligence errors were “magnified” by Rumsfeld’s so-called “Office of Special Plans,” which was created to manipulate Iraq intelligence. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, the ranking member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, has said that this unit’s activities may have been “unlawful,” and that it took intelligence from discredited Iraqi exiles directly to the White House, bypassing the CIA. Even General Michael Hayden, now director of the CIA, says that he “wasn’t comfortable” with the Cheney’s DoD intelligence unit. [Knight Ridder, 2/3/04; Akron Beacon Journal, 2/3/04; American Prospect, 10/19/05; NBC, Meet The Press, 4/10/05; Hayden Testimony, 5/18/06]

Roberts, DeWine Still Stonewalling On Investigation Into Cheney’s Secret Intel Unit. An investigation into Cheney’s Office of Special Plans is part of the so-called “Phase II” investigation by the Senate Intelligence Committee into pre-war intelligence. Two of the five section of this report were finally released last month, after over a year of stalling by Committee Chairman Pat Roberts and Committee Republicans like Mike Dewine. However the three most controversial sections, including the reports dealing with Office of Special Plans, have still not been released. [CQ, 9/8/06; The Hill, 4/25/06; CQ, 7/11/06; Cleveland Plain Dealer, Editorial, 9/12/06]

Beacon Journal: Cheney’s Secret Intelligence Shop Should Be Investigated. The Akron Beacon Journal wrote, “By last fall, the operation rivaled both the CIA and the Pentagon's own Defense Intelligence Agency, D.I.A., as President Bush's main source of intelligence regarding Iraq's possible possession of weapons of mass destruction and connection with al-Qaeda…. The intelligence on Iraq's WMDs has turned out to be largely bogus. If the Pentagon's Office of Special Plans was a rival to the CIA and other intelligence branches for the president's ear, the Pentagon and its ‘special agents’ should be just as culpable for sending the president out to center stage clothed in invisible intelligence… Thoroughness, if not fairness, demands that shadow offices be brought into the sunshine as well.” [Akron Beacon Journal, Editorial, 2/3/04]

DeWine Dissented From Report. Plain Dealer: DeWine’s “Partisan Obstructionism” “Crippling” Senate Oversight. After the Senate released the first two of five sections of the Phase II report on pre-war intelligence in September, the Cleveland Plain Dealer hammered Chairman Pat Roberts and Senator Mike DeWine by formally dissenting from the report’s conclusions. “Roberts’ transparent attempt to whitewash the INC's [Iraqi National Congress] intelligence meddling signals that he may go to the mat to prevent a full and fair investigation of any politically motivated intelligence distortions by key Bush administration figures…. Roberts’ partisanship is crippling his committee's ability to function as a key partner in U.S. national security strategy, [his] dissent on the INC report was signed by only five of seven other Republican committee members, including Mike DeWine of Ohio…. This is partisan obstructionism, pure and simple. It does not belong at this level of U.S. leadership and governance.” [Cleveland Plain Dealer, Editorial, 9/12/06]

Clinton Asked For Surveillance Power In Wake Of Terrorist Attacks:

Clinton Proposed Expansion of Federal Powers to Allow Roving Wiretaps. In February 1995, President Clinton submitted his Omnibus Counterterrorism Act of 1995, based on recommendations coming out of the World Trade Center bombing and focused on the threat of international terrorism. Clinton’s bill proposed the expansion of federal powers to conduct court-authorized wiretaps in international terrorism investigations by allowing “roving wiretaps.” [1995 CQ Almanac, p. 6-18; Chicago Tribune, 2/10/95]

Clinton Proposed Broader Wiretap Authority and Allowing “Even Improperly Obtained Surveillance Information to be Used in Court.” After the Oklahoma City bombing in April 1995, President Clinton renewed his push for swift and bipartisan cooperation on a set of initiatives aimed at both domestic and international terrorism. A critical provision of Clinton’s proposal was an expansion of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 to give the federal government more latitude in wiretapping. Clinton’s proposal would have allowed roving wiretaps, the FBI would have had access to local telephone records without a court order, and there would have been fewer limits on introducing surveillance evidence in court. [1995 CQ Almanac, p. 6-18 – 6-19; Washington Post, 4/27/95]

DeWine Voted Against Providing The President With Wiretapping Power:

DeWine Helped Kill a Democratic Amendment to Allow Emergency Wiretaps Without Court Order in Terrorism Cases. On May 26, 1995, DeWine voted to kill an amendment offered by Joe Lieberman to the Senate anti-terrorism bill to let federal law enforcement officials conduct emergency, 48-hour wiretaps without a court order in terrorism cases. Senate Republicans said the proposal went too far in threatening civil liberties, and led a successful effort to defeat it. [Vote # 233, 5/26/95; 1995 CQ Almanac, p. 6-21 Los Angeles Times, 5/28/95]

DeWine Helped Kill Democrats’ Efforts to Restore Clinton’s Wiretapping Provisions. In April 1996, DeWine voted against a motion to send the final anti-terrorism package back to Committee to restore the provision expanding wiretapping authority to monitor terrorists. Senator Biden said on the Senate floor, “We need to make sure that law enforcement has the tools, if they meet all these hurdles, to catch the bad guy.” Senate Republicans killed Biden’s motion. [Congressional Record, 4/17/96; Senate Vote 70, 4/17/96]

Roberts, DeWine, Stonewalled on Iraq Inquiry. [U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, 3/31/05; CNN, 11/1/05; Face the Nation, 11/6/05; Roberts Press Release, 3/14/06; The Hill, 4/25/06; CQ, 7/11/06; Cleveland Plain Dealer, Editorial, 9/12/06]


RUPPERT CAMPAIGN TAKES OFF WITH JOHN GLENN ENDORSEMENT
The Ruppert for Representative Campaign is very proud to announce that Jeff's campaign to be Warren County's next State Representative has been endorsed by a true American hero, Senator John Glenn.

The Ruppert for Representative Campaign is proud to publicly release a letter and e-mail that was written by Senator Glenn to Warren County voters outlining why Senator Glenn believes in Jeff, and why Warren County should "Vote Ruppert" on November 7th. Senator Glenn's endorsement letter reads as follows:

I’m proud to support Jeff Ruppert’s campaign to be Warren County’s next State Representative.

Jeff worked by my side as a trusted member of my Senate staff. He always brought great dedication, energy and skill to our work for Ohio’s future. I know Jeff will bring these same qualities to the Statehouse, and serve as an honest, independent voice for Warren County families.

We need leaders like Jeff to get our State back on the right track. On November 7th, I hope you will “Vote Ruppert.”

Senator Glenn's letter will be included in a mailer to be sent to Warren County voters.

Jeff's involvement in national politics began when he worked on Senator Glenn's 1992 election campaign. After the campaign, Jeff went on to become a member of Senator Glenn's staff -- first in the Cincinnati office when Jeff was still in college, and later in the Washington D.C. office. Jeff was a member of Senator Glenn's legislative and policy staff, and handled a wide-range of policy issues, with particular emphasis on health care policy.

"I'm truly humbled that John Glenn would endorse my candidacy and lend his voice in support of my Campaign for Change," Ruppert said upon learning that Senator Glenn wanted to help in his race. "I believe John Glenn represents what is best about Ohio and America -- hard work, sacrifice, integrity and simple decency." "I am grateful that my introduction to politics came at the side of someone like John Glenn..he has always been my model for what a public servant should be, and I will strive to live up to his example."

Senator Glenn's letter (and mailer) can be seen at www.VoteRuppert.com.


RNC Refuses to Pull 'Inaccurate' TV Ad, Ohioans Take Action

Mike DeWine's campaign is in trouble with voters, because he's voted for trade deals that have sent Ohio jobs overseas.

After learning that he is down 7 to 14 points in the latest statewide polls, DeWine and his Republicans allies have become desperate.

They are so desperate that the Republican National Committee refuses to pulls its ads that the State of Ohio says is "false."

Ohioans read the news are were outraged. Under viewer pressure, stations across Ohio have pulled the ad.

But some stations across the state continue to run the ad.

The Toled Blade wrote this morning, "DeWine’s attack ad found to be incorrect."

The Plain Dealer reported today, "Jon Allen, spokesman for the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services, the successor agency to the employment bureau, said the claims suggesting Brown didn't pay the tax bill for 12 or 13 years are false."

We want to thank you for your support by standing up to this vicious brand of gutter-style politics.

We would also like to commend all the television stations that acted responsibly by pulling this false ad.

Sincerely,
John W. Ryan
Campaign Manager

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