Joe Donnelly made thousands off a company that outsourced jobs to Mexico. On Wednesday, he’ll stand with Senate Democrats to demand fair trade and a NAFTA renegotiation.
Joe Donnelly, who stands accused of hypocrisy for railing against outsourcing to Mexico while he profited off the practice for years, will join other Senate Democrats to unveil a trade agenda on Wednesday.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced on Tuesday that he’d be discussing the trade agenda on Wednesday with Donnelly and other vulnerable, midwestern Democratic senators.
Inbox: Schumer to unveil trade plank of Better Deal tmrw, with Baldwin/Casey/Stabenow/Donnelly. The only missing Midwestern '18er is Brown.
— Elana Schor (@eschor) August 2, 2017
The Associated Press (AP) reported that the rollout will include:
- A “new American Jobs Security Council to review and potentially halt foreign purchases of U.S. companies”
- A “new ‘independent trade prosecutor’ who would be empowered to investigate unfair trade practices outside the unwieldy World Trade Organization process”
- And “renegotiating the Clinton-era North American Free Trade Agreement [NAFTA] among the U.S., Mexico and Canada”
Donnelly is hardly one to talk about fair trade and NAFTA, though. As AP also reported in July 2017, Donnelly profited for years off a company that outsourced American work to Mexico. Donnelly’s brother runs the company.
For more than a year, Stewart Superior Corp. and its subsidiaries have been shipping thousands of pounds of raw materials to Mexico, where the company has a factory that produces ink pads and other supplies, according to customs records from Panjiva Inc., which tracks American imports and exports. The finished products are then transported back to a company facility in California, the records show.
…Although Donnelly’s brother runs the company, the senator previously served as a corporate officer and its general counsel before he was first elected to Congress in 2006. In a financial disclosure form he filed in May, Donnelly reported owning as much as $50,000 in company stock and earning between $15,001 and $50,000 in dividends on it in 2016 alone.
Donnelly wants voters to forget about his income from outsourcing – which made him more than some Indiana families make in one year – but Hoosiers are unlikely to forgive Donnelly’s hypocrisy after one press conference.
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