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Everything About Jon Ossoff Is Phony

- June 9, 2017

Whether It Be Campaign Financing, Public Debates, Or His National Security Background, Ossoff's Rhetoric Does Not Match Reality 

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TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • Jon Ossoff's hypocritical rhetoric and "faux" outrage about campaign financing by special interests and out-of-state donors belies the fact that 95 percent of his donors come from outside Georgia, and his campaign is bankrolled by millions of dollars from liberal groups, special interests, and Washington-elites.
  • Despite the fact that Ossoff previously indicated he wanted a robust debate schedule, he chose not to participate in a nationally-televised debate, instead preferring to participate in a debate hosted by a special-interest group that ran attack ads against his opponent's policies.
  • Ossoff's misleading claim about his national security credentials greatly exaggerate his experience and have been amended by his campaign multiple times to reflect the fact that he only had his security clearance for five months and was only a Congressional staffer for three years.

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JON OSSOFF'S MISLEADING STATEMENTS ON CAMPAIGN FINANCING DIRECTLY CONTRADICT HIS OWN CAMPAIGN FUNDRAISING OPERATIONS

Ossoff Said Contributions From Outside Of Georgia Are "A Major Problem" But 95 Percent Of Ossoff's Donors Live Outside Of Georgia

Ossoff Admitted "It's A Major Problem" In Response To A Question About The Bulk Of Money In The Race Coming From Outside Georgia. CHANNEL 2 ACTION NEWS ANCHOR JUSTIN FARMER: "I'd like to follow-up talking about the money in this race. It has been widely reported that there has been more money spent on this House race than any other in American history. And the bulk of those dollars are not coming from the state of Georgia. Mr. Ossoff, firstly with you. Is that wrong? What are your thoughts on that?" JON OSSOFF: "Well it's a major problem. There's far too much money in politics. There is far too much unaccountable money in politics." (Justin Farmer and Jon Ossoff, Remarks At WSB-TV Debate, Atlanta, GA, 6/6/17)

Ossoff's Campaign Reported That 95 Percent Of His Donors Live Outside Of Georgia.  "His campaign said 95 percent of the donors came from outside of Georgia, which means only a sliver of his contributors live in the district." (Greg Bluestein and Aaron Gould-Sheinin, "A Closer Look At Jon Ossoff's Epic Fundraising Haul," The Atlanta Journal-Constitution , 4/8/17)

  • $1.06 Million In Donations Came From Donors In California, New York And Massachusetts . "More than $500,000 came from California and another $400,000 came from New York. Massachusetts donors chipped in at least $160,000." (Greg Bluestein and Aaron Gould-Sheinin, "A Closer Look At Jon Ossoff's Epic Fundraising Haul," The Atlanta Journal-Constitution , 4/8/17)

According To Ossoff's Financial Report, "Only 1 Of 15" Contributions Come From Georgia. "Jon Ossoff, the Dem running for Price's House seat in Ga, just filed a 48-hour finance report. Only one of 1 of 15 contribs from Georgia." (Jake Sherman, Twitter Feed , 4/7/17)

Ossoff Pointed To His "Grassroots Fundraising" And Stated He Is Committed To Campaign Finance Reform While He Characterized His Opponent As Being Bailed Out By Special Interests And Super PACs

Ossoff Attempted To Define His Opponent's Campaign As Being Bailed Out By Special Interests Who Fund Super PACs. OSSOFF: "That's why we need an independent voice in Washington. Not someone like Secretary Handel whose campaign has been bailed out by these special interests and fund these Super PACs in unlimited amounts." (Justin Farmer and Jon Ossoff, Remarks At WSB-TV Debate, Atlanta, GA, 6/6/17)

Ossoff Said To CNN's Chris Cuomo That He Was "Committed" To Campaign Finance Reform. OSSOFF: "Well, there's far too much money in politics and that's why I'm committed to campaign finance reform. It's also why I'm proud of the fact that my campaign is powered by small-dollar contributions." (Jon Ossoff, " Remarks On CNN ," 5/30/17)

Ossoff Explained That His "Grassroots Fundraising" Allowed Him To Be Accountable To A Broad Base And Not Appeal "To A Narrow Range Of Interests Who Write Big Checks." OSSOFF: "We've raised significant resources in average contributions of less than 50 dollars. That kind of grassroots fundraising changes the incentives that candidates face because rather than appealing to a narrow range of interests who write big checks, I am and other candidates who apply the same method will be accountable to a broad base of people who have dug deep for 30,40,50 dollars to support a candidate who supports their interests." (Jon Ossoff, Remarks At The Atlanta Press Club's Loudermilk-Young GA-06 Debate, Atlanta, GA, 4/5/17)

But Despite His Rhetoric, Ossoff Has Accepted Millions In Support From Liberal Special Interest Groups, Super PACs, And Democrat Party Bosses

Karen Handel Pointed Out Ossoff's "Campaign Is Being Propelled By The Most Liberal Of Elements" And That His "Values Are Some 3,000 Miles Away In San Francisco." KAREN HANDEL: "My opponent, is misleading the people of this district. There are Super PACs that are funding you, running television ads that are misleading on my record. You don't know who are funding them, and furthermore your campaign is being propelled by the most liberal of elements - from Nancy Pelosi, to Jane Fonda, to Hank Johnson, to donors, a majority of your donors, from California, Massachusetts, New York - they are not from this district and they certainly don't represent the values of this district. In fact, your values are some 3,000 miles away in San Francisco." (Karen Handel, Remarks At WSB-TV Debate , Atlanta, GA, 6/6/17)

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee [DCCC] Is Pouring Another $2 Million Into The Georgia House Special Election, Bringing Their Total Spending To $5 Million. " The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is spending an additional $2 million to back Jon Ossoff in the Georgia House special election, The Hill reported. Ossoff is facing Republican Karen Handel in the June 20 runoff. The latest campaign expenditure by the DCCC brings its total spending to nearly $5 million four weeks before the election." (Lisa Hagen, "House Dems Spend $2M More On Ossoff In Ga. House Election," The Hill , 5/23/17)

The Democratic Super PAC, House Majority PAC, Announced A $700k Investment For The Jon Ossoff Campaign. "House Majority PAC, a Democratic super PAC trying to take back the House, announced a $700,000 investment to boost Ossoff." (Lisa Hagen, "House Dems Spend $2M More On Ossoff In Ga. House Election," The Hill , 5/23/17)

Washington-Based League Of Conservation Voters Bundled Nearly $40,000 For Ossoff." "The Washington-based League of Conservation voters bundled nearly $40,000 for him [Ossoff]." (Greg Bluestein and Aaron Gould-Sheinin, "A Closer Look At Jon Ossoff's Epic Fundraising Haul," Atlanta Journal-Constitution , 4/8/17)

CNN's Eric Bradner Credits "Liberal Blog Daily Kos" For Catapulting Ossoff's Campaign By Raising More Than One Million Dollars. "But it was the involvement of the liberal blog Daily Kos that really catapulted Ossoff onto the national map. The blog has been the largest driver of Ossoff's eye-popping $4 million fundraising effort to date. It bested its previous fundraising record for a single candidate -- $412,000 for Elizabeth Warren in 2012 -- in a single week. Daily Kos's pro-Ossoff fundraising efforts crossed the $1 million mark on February 28." (Eric Bradner, "Dems Look South To Test Anti-Trump Strategy," CNN , 3/31/17)

A Veritable Who's-Who Of Democratic Insiders Co-Hosted A Fundraiser For Ossoff In Washington D.C., Including Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) Chairman Ben Ray Lujan, And Many Others. "The top House Democratic brass will host a fundraiser on Thursday at Democratic National Committee headquarters for Jon Ossoff, whom Democrats have seized on as their best shot at snapping up the conservative-leaning House seat in the Atlanta suburbs vacated by HHS Secretary Tom Price. Among the headliners: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi; Minority Whip Steny Hoyer; Assistant Minority Leader Jim Clyburn; Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley; Caucus Vice Chairwoman Linda Sánchez; DCCC Chairman Ben Ray Luján; and Reps. Sanford Bishop, Hank Johnson, John Lewis and David Scott, all Georgia Democrats. The jungle primary for the special election is April 18." (Theodoric Meyer, "House Democrats Host Ossoff Fundraiser," Politico , 3/13/17)

OSSOFF WOULD NOT PARTICIPATE IN A NATIONALLY-TELEVISED DEBATE, BUT AGREED TO A DEBATE HOSTED BY A GROUP THAT SPENT A QUARTER-MILLION DOLLARS IN SUPPORT OF HIS CAMPAIGN

Even After Espousing Rhetoric In Support Of A Robust Debate Schedule, Ossoff Refused To Debate On The National Stage

Jon Ossoff Declined To Participate In A Nationally Televised Debate On CNN. "Democrat Jon Ossoff has declined to take a series of Sixth District debates with Republican Karen Handel to the national stage, sending word that he will not participate in a June 13 Atlanta Press Club event that CNN had proposed to broadcast." (Jim Galloway, "Democrat Jon Ossoff Declines A Sixth District Debate On CNN," The Atlanta Journal Constitution , 6/5/17)

The Ossoff Campaign Challenged Karen Handel To Six Debates Saying The Way To Bring Fresh Leadership And Accountability To Washington "Is To Engage With As Many Voters As Possible." "The Ossoff campaign has challenged Handel to engage in six debates before Election Day. 'I believe that part of bringing fresh leadership and accountability to Washington is to engage with as many voters as possible,' Ossoff said." (Chris Price, "Handel Racks Up Endorsements, Ossoff Calls For Debates In District 6 Race," CBS 46 , 4/24/17)

  • Ossoff Previously Said Of Participating In Debates: "I'm Available. Always Up For It." "Wittenstein said at the Sunday meeting it 'stinks' that it appeared there would be no debate because he looked forward to questioning Ossoff. 'Hey, man, I'm available,' Ossoff said. 'Always up for it.'" (Dyana Bagby, "Karen Handel Declines Dunwoody Group's Debate With Jon Ossoff," Reporter Newspapers , 5/8/17)
  • In May, Ossoff Called On Handel To "Openly And Publicly Debate The Issues That Matter Most To Georgians." "'Part of bringing fresh leadership and accountability to Washington is to openly and publicly debate the issues that matter most to Georgians, and I hope Secretary Handel accepts these debates,' said Ossoff." (Tim Darnell, "Race To Replace Tom Price: Ossoff Says 3 Debates 'Confirmed;' Handel Still Vetting," ABC 11 Alive , 5/8/17)

Handel Called Out Ossoff For Not Agreeing To A Widely-Aired CNN Debate Because His "Liberal Supporters" Are Going To See "The Fake Jon Ossoff" Collide With "The Real Jon Ossoff Who Is A Nancy Pelosi-Backed Liberal." HANDEL: "Actually it is of concern to the people of the sixth district that you do not live in our community. And while I was born in D.C., I didn't get to pick where I was born, but the fact is I have been in Georgia, almost as long as you have even been alive. You might live just five minutes outside the district, but your values are nearly thousands miles away in San Francisco. And that's why so many of your contributions have liberals of California, New York, and Massachusetts. It's why you're supported by Nancy Pelosi. Any folks, it matters. It's no wonder that my opponent didn't want to do the Atlanta Press Club debate, it was going to be aired on CNN where all folks from around the country - all of his liberal supporters are going to see it and the fake Jon Ossoff was going to collide with the real Jon Ossoff who is a Nancy Pelosi backed liberal." (Karen Handel, Remarks At WSB-TV Debate , Atlanta, GA, 6/6/17)

Ossoff Preferred To Participate In A Debate Bankrolled By A Special Interest Group That Attacked His Opponent's Positions

AARP Sponsored The June 6 Debate Between Jon Ossoff And Karen Handel. "The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported that AARP is sponsoring today's debate between Ossoff and Handel." (Scott Bland, "Campaigns Whiteboard: AARP Launches Anti-AHCA Radio Ads In GA-06," Politico , 6/6/17)

AARP Spent $226,000 To Launch Radio Ads In Georgia's Sixth District "Attacking The House Republican Health Care Bill." "AARP has launched radio ads attacking the House Republican health care bill ahead of the June 20 special election in Georgia, where the advocacy group is also sponsoring a debate today. AARP has run anti-AHCA radio ads around the country, but this one comes two weeks before voters choose between Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff in Georgia's 6th District. The ad tells listeners they can 'start summer off right by knowing where the candidates stand on this health care bill. ... Get the facts. Then do your part to help stop the age tax,' the narrator says. The group is spending $226,000 to run the 60-second radio ad, according to a source tracking media spending. (Scott Bland, "Campaigns Whiteboard: AARP Launches Anti-AHCA Radio Ads In GA-06," Politico , 6/6/17)

  • Handel Had Previously Said She Would Support The House Republican Health Care Measure To Roll-Back Obamacare. "House Speaker Paul Ryan planned a vote Thursday on the bill to scale back vast sections of Obamacare after adding $8 billion to the measure to help cover insurance costs for people with preexisting conditions - a sticking point that led many Republicans to bolt earlier this week. Handel said in a statement Thursday she would support the measure after signaling last week that she was 'extremely troubled' with a provision that would have exempted members of Congress from the changes. (Greg Bluestein, "A 6th District Rift Over The House Healthcare Plan In Tom Price's Old Turf," The Atlanta Journal-Constitution , 5/4/17)

JON OSSOFF'S DUBIOUS CLAIMS ABOUT THE NATURE OF HIS NATIONAL SECURITY CREDENTIALS HAVE BEEN LARGELY DEBUNKED

Ossoff's Claims Were Called "Misleading" And "Resume Puffery" And His Campaign Was Forced To Clarify A Number Of His Assertions

A Jon Ossoff Campaign Ad Says Ossoff Was A "National Security Aide With Top Secret Clearance" While Working In Congress. NARRATOR: "As a national security aide with top secret clearance, Jon Ossoff saw waste and abuse by military contractors and fought to stop it." (Campaign Ad, " Warrior," 3/3/17)

Ossoff And His Campaign Said He Was Initially Granted The Top Security Clearance Working For Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) After His 2006 Election." "A House GOP super PAC unleashed a $1.1 million ad campaign featuring footage of him dressed as Han Solo while at Georgetown University - and claims he 'lied about his resume' by asserting he worked for five years as a national security staffer with top security clearances. Ossoff and his campaign said he was granted those privileges working for [Rep. Hank] Johnson after his 2006 election, while the super PAC said he's claiming time spent as a junior staffer as part of that calculation." (Greg Bluestein, "Republican, Democrats Target Ossoff In Georgia Special Election," The Atlanta Journal-Constitution , 3/20/17)

The Washington Post 's The Fact Checker Called Ossoff's National Security Comments "Misleading" And "Resume Puffery." "We take a reasonable-person approach here at The Fact Checker. Would an ordinary viewer understand that Ossoff's clearance was for less than half a year? Not very likely. Moreover, declaring himself a 'senior national security staffer' is also bit too much resume puffery. Technically, Ossoff walks a very careful line. But the overall impression is misleading enough to merit a Pinocchio." (Glenn Kessler, "Did A Democratic Congressional Hopeful Inflate His National Security Credentials?," The Washington Post , 4/3/17)

Ossoff's Campaign Had To Admit He Left Congress Five Months After Receiving His Security Clearance." "His campaign said he got 'top-secret security clearance' in March 2012 and left about five months later." (Greg Bluestein, "Political Insider," The Atlanta Journal-Constitution , 3/28/17)

According To The Washington Post's Factchecker, The Most Prominent National Security Staffers Work On The National Security Council Or The Defense Department, However Ossoff Was Just An Aide To A "Low-Ranking Member Of Congress." "Does this experience mean he was a 'senior national security staffer'? That is debatable. In Washingtonspeak, national security staffers tend to work on the National Security Council staff or in the Defense Department. Ossoff did not even work on the staff of a major committee, such as Armed Services or International Relations. Instead, he was an aide to a relatively low-ranking member of Congress." (Glenn Kessler, "Did A Democratic Congressional Hopeful Inflate His National Security Credentials?," The Washington Post , 4/3/17)

Ossoff's Campaign Admitted He Only Worked For "Three Years As A Full-Time Staffer." "The timeline shows Ossoff worked for Johnson for about two-and-a-half years on a part-time basis and another three years as a full-time staffer." (Greg Bluestein, "Political Insider," The Atlanta Journal-Constitution , 3/28/17)

 

 


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