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Ryan: U.S. Chamber misleads voters

Published: Wed, October 13, 2010 @ 12:10 a.m.


U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan (D-17)

By Grace Wyler



U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan has called for an investigation of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s use of foreign funds for political advertising.

He responded Tuesday to the conservative lobbying group’s radio ad campaign that targets Ryan as anti-business.

Ryan accused the U.S. Chamber — which is not affiliated with the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber — of using foreign money to influence American elections at a press conference.

“Who is funding our elections is at the very heart of our democracy,” Ryan said. “The Chamber is misleading voters.”

Ryan joins a chorus of Democratic candidates across the country — including President Barack Obama — who have seized on evidence from a recent report that claims the Chamber puts foreign contributions into an account that it also uses to fund its political advertising.

The Chamber, which plans to spend $75 million on political ads this election season, has denied these accusations, however.

Although Ryan is widely seen as having locked up re-election to the 17th Congressional District, the Chamber has spent more than $100,000 on Ryan-attack ads, according to Federal Election Commission records.

The Chamber is a vocal opponent of Ryan’s Currency Reform for Free Trade Act, which would allow the United States to crack down on currency manipulation. The bill passed the House with a bipartisan majority earlier this month.

Ryan criticized the Chamber for serving multinational companies and foreign interests at the expense of small and midsize manufacturers.

Flanked by members of the United Steel Workers union, Ryan accused the Chamber of supporting policies that he said eroded Ohio’s manufacturing base and sent jobs overseas. The Chamber “receives millions of dollars from foreign countries and corporations to promote outsourcing jobs,” Ryan said.

He added that he has sent a letter to Chamber chief executive Thomas Donohue asking the organization to take “U.S.” out of its name.

Although Ryan conceded that he cannot be sure about how the Chamber allocates its foreign funds, he said he takes issue with the organization’s refusal to disclose its funding sources.

“The problem is the not knowing,” he said. “There is no question that this needs to be investigated,”

Ryan sidestepped questions about the recent controversy surrounding the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber.

The Regional Chamber has come under scrutiny in the last week, after a fund-raising event for Republican gubernatorial candidate John Kasich co-hosted by Regional Chamber chief executive Tom Humphries.

Humphries was publicly criticized Friday by Mahoning County Democratic Party chairman David Betras. Betras and businessman Bruce Zoldan, a local Democratic fund-raising heavyweight, have since withdrawn their membership from the Regional Chamber.

Ryan took the opportunity to note Republican gubernatorial candidate John Kasich’s support for the U.S. Chamber’s free-trade agenda, but stopped short of criticizing Humphries — a Ryan supporter — outright.

“I take issue with anyone supporting John Kasich,” Ryan said. “But Tom Humphries is a local businessman who can choose what he wants to do.”

Ryan emphasized that Humphries did not confer with him before hosting the event.


1taliwacker(54 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

It is just so funny. Humphries endorsed Ryan in the last election year. No one cried foul then.
Quit winning timmy boy. It is not our fault you let a horrible taste in a lot of the people in the MV.
I also love your smear campaigns. all the stuff you say Kasich did or voted for, you also voted for.
I did not know people needed to confer with you before spending their money.

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2Alexinytown(246 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

Hey, what about the foreign money coming into Obama's campaign in the form of small contributions?

Amazing no one has the gall the bring that up.

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3mrblue(1175 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

Politics is a dirty business and it just keeps getting worse. I am sick of the TV ads and the phone calls. If you listen to all the ads,-----nobody is a qualified candidate. And as far as Mr. Ryan is concerned,----he will win.

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4republicanRick(1732 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

Tim Ryan has never held a job, never passed the bar exam, and was a professional student until his late 20's. He dated Nancy Pelosi's daughter (after his 1 year marriage fell apart). How effective could he possibly be as our representative?

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5farmforfun(15 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

Little Timmy has not called for anything, He has never had an original thought in his life, Last Sunday morning Axlerod was calling for the investagation against the US Chamber. If Timmy wants to get re-elected why doesn't he brag about passing obamacare or the fact that he supports tax and trade or the fact that he voted for the biggest spending bill in history. OH!!! thats right, He can't talk about his voting record or he would not be re-elected.

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6eagleye(59 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

Looks like Timmy bent over and got his talking points yesterday from the DNC/Pelosi factory. How much money did George Soros, who is a hedge fund evil manager (who's company is based off-shore) contribute? Or how much foreign money came into Obama's campaign, or how much foreign money goes into the unions? Timmy ADMITS, that he really doesn't know the facts, just like the Marxist-in-Chief admitted too. When the Dumbassocrats can't discuss the facts, they just do what they always do...smear the opponent, or his wife, or his kids, or his employer. It's just the typical tactics from the tired Socialist playbook. Unfortunately, Ryan will probably win because as the national media has pointed out, this area of Ohio his the lowest educational levels in the state. There's a reason why the parade of Democrat politician from this area usually turn out to be crooks. Those that aren't don't have a mind of their own. Watching Betras rant about the Chamber of Commerce is like watching a rabid dog chasing stuff around the kennel. If we could just get him to bite himself....

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7walter_sobchak(2713 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

The democrats control Congress and the White House, pass Obama-care, the exhorbitant stimulus bill, bail out GM and Chrysler (as a payoff to the UAW), close the Republicans out of the loop. But, as they are running for re-election, it is deafening the silence about what they have accomplished. Now, Axelrod "slams" the US Chamber of Commerce and wants an investigation. It was hilarious to see Bob Schieffer on "Face the Nation" seem embarassed about the Democrats tactics saying, we are three weeks out in an election and that's all you got? I would rather be the "Party of No" than the "Party of No Good".

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8palbubba(809 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

Lap dog Timmy hasn't had an original idea yet. I agree with the post that says all of this outrage is a diversion from his voting record and the Dems results. Timmy voted to send millions overseas to refurbish mosques, isn't that the same as sending jobs overseas, Americans won't be doing that work. How about spending that same money on refurbishing church in the good old U.S. where Americans can do the work. This guy is clueless.

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9piak(508 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

Go to the Communist Party USA website and see their advertising the One Nation rally that was held on 10/2 in Washington DC. The Communist Party. This was also a Democrat sponsored rally. Seems I remember something about stopping Communism in SE Asia...something about a place called Viet Nam. In that war a lot of guys, both Democrat AND Republican died. Only over there, they were all AMERICANS.

Yeh-Ryan will win. Most of the posters above have given a lot of reasons why he will. While Ryan wins, we ALL loose.

Charles Bronson-where are you? We're getting ready to shoot Death Wish VII, shot in 3D in our Valley.

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10ohiovoter(8 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

See what Tea Party Type Republicans' goals are ... to divide us.
That will really get local business going here in the valley. We have had many Republican Governors and none were mean-spirited like Kasich.
I have a hunch he doesn't care about our local communities. He just wants to demonize and break anyone who will vote for Obama even if he has throw Ohioans "under a bus" as Kasich put it. Who cares if it is your local Democratic businessman, an Ohio firefigher, a neighborhood park ranger, or your kid's classroom teacher. Just as long as Kasich is happy.
Ryan will win because the valley knows he's looking out for the local people despite what outsiders paying for ads are trying to say.

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