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Dem Senator to Criticize Outsourcing After Making Thousands From It

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

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.

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.