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Is This the Worst Headline a Vulnerable Democratic Senator Could See?

Joe Donnelly, a Democrat running in a state Donald Trump won by 20 points, is in hot water over profits he made from a business that outsources to Mexico.

Joe Donnelly

Sen. Joe Donnelly’s (D-IN) tough path to re-election in 2018 just got tougher.

The Associated Press reported on Thursday – with the headline “Senator profits from outsourcing he slams” – that Donnelly, who has echoed Donald Trump in railing against companies that outsource jobs to Mexico, profits from a company that outsources jobs to Mexico.

AP‘s Brian Slodysko:

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.

Since November 2016, Donnelly has tweeted at least 13 times about outsourcing, including this gem from just a few weeks ago:

The AP report, though, makes it clear Donnelly pads his pockets with dividends from a company that prefers cheap labor from Mexico to labor from Indiana.

Race prognosticators say Donnelly’s race “leans” Democratic, but that may change after this bombshell AP story.