FACT CHECK:  Congressman Todd Young Personally Benefitted From “Rigged System”

Rep. Young in 2010: Lobbyists an Important Part of Legislative Process

INDIANAPOLIS — Congressman Todd Young and his Washington party bosses are financing yet another misleading campaign ad, this time seeking to hide Congressman Young’s career in politics and record of benefitting from backroom political deals.

“Congressman Young has been in Washington for six years adding to the gridlock and partisan obstruction,” said Drew Anderson, communications director. “After six years in office with nothing but a government shutdown and $600,000 in self-promotion paid for by Hoosier taxpayers to show for it, he’s crying crocodile tears about a ‘rigged system.’  If Congressman Young wants to fix Washington, he can start by looking in the mirror.”

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Claim: Seems like Washington’s rigged for the well-connected? That’s because it is. Career politicians and lobbyists won’t fix it.

FACT: CONGRESSMAN YOUNG SAID LOBBYISTS WERE AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS

Todd Young Said That Lobbyists Can Be An Important Part Of The Legislative Process. [Courier-Journal, 10/17/10]

FACT: TODD YOUNG PERSONALLY BENEFITTED FROM THE “RIGGED” POLITICAL SYSTEM WHEN HIS PREVIOUSLY COMPETITIVE CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT WAS REDRAWN BY HIS GOP “ALLIES” TO BE SOLIDLY REPUBLICAN

Young’s District Had Been A “Swing” District, But Was Redrawn In 2011 “To Include All Of Heavily GOP Johnson County Just South Of Indianapolis.” [Associated Press, 4/11/11]

  • 2011: After Redistricting, Young’s District Would Lose Southern Indiana River Counties And Gain Indianapolis Suburbs, Shifting The District More Republican-Leaning.[Louisville Courier-Journal, 4/11/11]

Roll Call: “The 9th District Has More Often Than Not Featured A Competitive Race In Recent Cycles,” And “Indiana Republicans Smartly Have Tried To Rectify That In The New Congressional Map.” [Roll Call, 6/7/11]

National Journal: Young Had “Many Allies” In The Indiana General Assembly, Which Helped To Strengthen His District To His Political Gain.[National Journal, 4/11/11]

FACT: EVAN BAYH IS NOT A LOBBYIST AND HAS DEDICATED HIMSELF TO HELPING BUSINESSES GROW SINCE LEAVING THE SENATE

Bayh Was Not A Lobbyist. According to a search of the Federal Lobbying Disclosure Database, Evan Bayh was not a registered federal lobbyist. [Federal Lobbying Disclosure Database, Accessed7/11/16]

  • National Journal: Bayh Was “Not A Registered Lobbyist.” [National Journal, 5/22/12]

On His Post-Senate Career, Bayh Said “I Think It’s Good To Try To Create Jobs And Grow Businesses, And That’s What I’ve Done.” [Tribune-Star, 7/14/16]

Bayh Said His Work After Leaving The Senate Consisted Of “Offering Companies” Advice. [Indy Star, 7/13/16]

  • Bayh Said That He Would Offer “Broad Strategic Advice” To Companies. [Indy Star, 7/13/16]
 

Claim: It’s time to send in the marines. In the Marine Corps, we’re taught to put America above ourselves.

FACT: TODD YOUNG HAS PUT HIMSELF ABOVE ALL OTHERS, WASTING HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS IN TAXPAYER MONEY ON POLITICAL MAILERS TO ADVANCE HIS CAREER

Todd Young Spent At Least $275,633.41 On Franked Mail From 2011 Through 2015. [Statement of Disbursement, Todd Young,2011; 2012; 2013; 2014; 2015]

Young’s Office Paid Franking Sense LLC At Least $249,174 Between 2011 And 2015. [Statement of Disbursement, Todd Young, 2011; 2012; 2013; 2014; 2015]

Young’s Office Paid Franking Grid LLC $80,000 Between 2011 And 2014. [Statement of Disbursement, Todd Young, 2011; 2012;2013; 2014; 2015]

Indianapolis Star Editorial: “Anyone Who Has Taken Note Of The Self-Serving Nature Of The Typical Splashy Brochure From Washington Would Deem It More A Campaign Ad Than A Civics Update.” [Indianapolis Star, Editorial, 5/21/12]

  • Bloomington Herald-Times Editorial: A “Jobs Survey” Sent Out By Young’s Office Was An Example Of How Members Of Congress “Sometimes Have Difficulty Distinguishing Governing From Politics.” [Bloomington Herald-Times, Editorial, 9/17/11]
  • Bloomington Herald-Times Editorial: “What Makes” Young’s Jobs Survey “Worse Is That We’re All Paying For It,” As It Was Sent As Part Of Young’s Franked Mail.[Bloomington Herald-Times, Editorial, 9/17/11]

2012: Young Ranked 7th Out Of All Members Of The House Of Representatives In Mass Mail Spending. [Evansville Courier & Press, 4/22/12]

2012: Young Spent $256,956 To Send 574,969 Pieces Of Mail To His Constituents, Defending His Use Of Mailers By Citing Indiana’s Ban On Robocalls. [Indianapolis Star, 5/18/12]

 

Claim: And Hoosiers deserve a senator who does the same. I’m Todd Young. I’m a Hoosier. I’m a Marine.

FACT: HOOSIERS DESERVE BETTER THAN WASHINGTON CONGRESSMAN YOUNG, WHO VOTED IN LOCKSTEP WITH HIS PARTY’S RECKLESS SHUTDOWN OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

9/20/13: House Republicans Passed A Bill To Fund The Government That Would Defund The Affordable Care Act, Even Though They Knew It Would Be Vetoed. [Politico, 10/1/13]

  • Young Voted For The Resolution To Fund The Government Through December 15, 2013 And Defund The Affordable Care Act. [CQ, 9/20/13; H.J.RES 59, Vote 478, 9/20/13]
  • Young Voted Against Recommitting The Resolution To Committee With Changes. [CQ, 9/20/13; H J RES 59, Vote 477, 9/20/13]

9/29/13: House Republicans Passed Bills To Fund The Government That Would Delay Implementation Of The Affordable Care Act By A Year, And Repeal The Medical Device Tax. [Politico, 10/1/13]

  • Young Voted For The Resolution To Fund The Government Through December 15, 2013 And Repeal The Medical Device Tax. [CQ, 9/29/13; H J RES 59, Vote 497, 9/29/13]
  • Young Voted For The Resolution To Fund The Government Through December 15, 2013 And Delay Implementation Of The Affordable Care Act By One Year.[CQ, 9/29/13; H J RES 59, Vote 498, 9/29/13]

9/30/13: House Republicans Passed A Bill To Fund The Government That Would Delay The Individual Mandate For One Year And Require Congressional Staff To Pay The Entire Cost Of Their Health Care With No Employer Contribution.[Politico, 10/1/13]

  • Young Voted To Fund The Government, But Delay The Individual Mandate For One Year And Require Congressional Staff To Pay The Entire Cost Of Their Health Care With No Employer Contribution. [CQ, 9/30/13; H J RES 59, Vote 504, 9/30/13]

10/1/13: Immediately After The Government Shut Down, House Republicans Voted To Stand By Its Bill To Only Fund The Government With A Delay Of The Individual Mandate And Requirement That Congressional Staff To Pay The Entire Cost Of Their Health Care With No Employer Contribution. [Politico,10/1/13]

  • Young Voted To Fund The Government, But Delay The Individual Mandate For One Year And Require Congressional Staff To Pay The Entire Cost Of Their Health Care With No Employer Contribution. [CQ, 10/1/13; H J RES 368, Vote 505, 10/1/13]

2015: Young Voted To Defund Planned Parenthood As Part Of A Continuing Resolution. [House Vote 527, 9/30/15; Congressional Quarterly, 9/30/15; Congressional Quarterly,9/30/15; Congressional Actions, H.R. 719; Congressional Actions,H. Con. Res. 79]

  • 2015: Young Voted Against A Short-Term Spending Bill That Kept The Federal Government Open Because It Would Not Have Defunded Planned Parenthood. [The Hotline, 10/1/15]
 

Claim: And I’m running for U.S. Senate because it’s time for regular Hoosiers to stand up and do the job career politicians won’t. I’m Todd Young and I approve this message

FACT: HOOSIERS KNOW EVAN BAYH IS A RESPECTED VOICE OF REASON & COMPROMISE – A QUALITY DESPERATELY NEEDED IN THE SENATE

Tribune Star Editorial: “All Hoosiers Should Welcome” Bayh’s Candidacy For U.S. Senate. [Tribune Star, Editorial, 7/13/16]

  • Headline: “A Welcome Re-Entry Into State Politics.”[Tribune Star, Editorial, 7/13/16]
  • Tribune Star Editorial: “Bayh Remains A Respected Voice Of Reason In The View Of Many Hoosiers And Americans- A Quality Desperately Needed In Congress.”[Tribune Star, Editorial, 7/13/16]
  • Tribune Star Editorial: “Bayh’s Middle-Of-The-Road Approach Should Positively Influence The Campaign And Give That Style Of Governing An Overdue Spotlight.” [Tribune Star, Editorial, 7/13/16]

The Atlantic: Bayh’s “Middle-Of-The-Roadness […] Speaks To Indiana Voters- As Does His Willingness To Reach Across The Aisle And Buck His Own Leadership.” [The Atlantic, 7/13/16]

  • The Atlantic: “Steady, Pragmatic, And Moderate, [Bayh’s] Shtick Has Always Been That He Is The Grown-Up In The Room.” [The Atlantic, 7/13/16]

Evansville Courier And Press: Bayh Had A “Centrist Approach To Governing, Which Sought To Keep People At The Table And Find Areas Of Consensus.” [Evansville Courier & Press, 7/17/16]

Tribune Star’s Ronn Mott: Bayh’s Entrance Into The U.S. Senate Was “A Win For The State Of Indiana… A Senator, A Governor, And A Decent Man With Common Sense.” [Tribune Star, Ronn Mott, 7/19/16]
FACT: EVAN BAYH WILL BRING HOOSIER COMMON SENSE TO THE SENATE, CONTINUING HIS FIGHT TO CUT TAXES AND BALANCE THE BUDGET

New York Daily News Editorial: Bayh Was A “Fiscal Hawk” Who “Understood The Need For Sober Solutions.” [New York Daily News, Editorial, 2/18/10]

Bayh Pledged To Vote For A Balanced Budget Amendment.[National Taxpayers Union Campaign Fund, Press Release, 10/28/98]

Bayh Introduced Legislation To Offer Relief To Homeowners Facing Higher Property Taxes By Creating A New Standard Deduction For Real, State And Local Property Taxes. [North West Indiana Times, 9/20/07]

  • Bayh’s Property Tax Relief Bill Offered Indiana Homeowners As Much As A $1K Deduction On Their Property Tax Bill In 2009. [Office of Sen. Bayh, Press Release, 4/9/09]

Bayh Introduced Legislation To Eliminate The Marriage Tax Penalty For All Couples With Annual Incomes Less Than $120,000.  [North West Indiana Times, 4/20/00]

Bayh Supported Legislation To Expand Tax Relief For Middle-Class Families With Children By Raising The Existing Child Tax Credit From $1,000 To $2,000 For The First Year Of A Child’s Life. [Tribune Star, 4/4/07]

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