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Jon Ossoff’s Exaggerations Make Him A Dangerous Liberal

- May 17, 2017

Ossoff’s Lack Of Integrity And Honesty Showcased By His Exaggerated National Security Credentials


TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • Jon Ossoff significantly overstated the duration of his national security background, forcing his campaign to walk back some of his claims.
  • Jon Ossoff attempted to distort the truth about his residency, but ultimately had to admit he does not live in the district that he wants to represent and could not even vote for himself in the election.
  • When attacking his opponent, Karen Handel, and her travels during her tenure as Georgia Secretary of State, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee fails to mention that Ossoff racked up more travel expenses in a shorter period of time for his overseas trips as a Congressional staffer.
  • Despite Ossoff's assertions that his campaign was funded by "grassroots" efforts, the overwhelming majority of his donors live outside of Georgia and include Hollywood actors and comedians, liberal blogs, and special-interest groups.

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

Ossoff's National Security Credentials Were So Grossly Misrepresented His Campaign Was Forced To Amend His Claims

Jon Ossoff's 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," 03/03/17)

Ossoff's Official Campaign Announcement Touts His Work "As A National Security Staffer In Congress For 5 Years." "A Georgia native who grew up in the Sixth District, Ossoff served Georgia as a national security staffer in Congress for five years before leaving government for the private sector." ( Campaign Announcement , Elect Jon, Campaign Website, 01/05/17)

The Washington Post 's Factchecker 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 résumé 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 , 04/03/17)

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Reported That "Ossoff And His Campaign Said He Was Granted Those Privileges [National Security Staffer With Top Security Clearances] Working For Johnson 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 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," Atlanta Journal-Constitution , 03/20/17)

However Ossoff's Campaign Admits 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 Blustein, "Political Insider," Atlanta Journal-Constitution , 03/28/17)

In Total, Ossoff Only Had The Security Clearance For Five Months "From March To August 2012." "Ossoff worked part time in Johnson's office from 2007-09; Pontoni also cited a piece of legislation Ossoff worked on in 2007 related to a Ugandan civil war that involved U.S. special forces. Ossoff was a fulltime staffer under Johnson from 2010-12, and he did have top-secret security clearance from March to August 2012." (Christopher Hopper, "Race To Replace Tom Price: Verifying Jon Ossoff's National Security Background," 11 Alive ABC , 03/28/17)

Atlanta Journal-Constitution : Ossoff's Campaign Further Admits 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 Blustein, "Political Insider," Atlanta Journal-Constitution , 03/28/17)

OSSOFF'S ALLIES FAILED TO MENTION HIS OWN TRIPS ABROAD WHEN ATTACKING KAREN HANDEL'S TRAVEL OVERSEAS

Ossoff's Supporters Mischaracterized Handel's Travel Expenses Incurred While She Was Carrying Out Her Duties As Georgia's Secretary Of State

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Attacked Ossoff's Opponent, Karen Handel, Saying She Used "Our Tax Dollars" And "Jetted Around On Our Dime." "The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) hit Karen Handel in a $450,000 ad campaign deriding her as 'just another career politician,' The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. '[She used] our tax dollars to pay for her luxury SUV, then jetted around on our dime,' the ad says of Handel's tenure as Georgia's secretary of state." (Mark Hensch, "Dems Launch Pro-Ossoff Ad Blitz In Georgia: Report," The Hill , 04/20/17)

  • This Claim Was Proven To Be "False." "CLAIM 2: Jetted around on our dime. In 3.5 years, Handel spend $13,500 on travel as Georgia's Secretary of State. That's an average of $5,400 per year. That's in line with what Brian Kemp has spent in his 7-year tenure in the position. It also lines up with other predecessors. VERIFY: False. Comparatively, Handel's spending was in line with her position." (Joe Henke and Julie Wolf, "Ad Slams Karen Handel. Is It True?" ABC 11 Alive , 04/24/17)
  • Handel Spent $13,500 On Travel Over A Period Of Three And A Half Years, A Number In Line With The Travel Expenses Of Her Predecessors. "CLAIM 2: Jetted around on our dime. In 3.5 years, Handel spend $13,500 on travel as Georgia's Secretary of State. That's an average of $5,400 per year. That's in line with what Brian Kemp has spent in his 7-year tenure in the position. It also lines up with other predecessors. VERIFY: False. Comparatively, Handel's spending was in line with her position." (Joe Henke and Julie Wolf, "Ad Slams Karen Handel. Is It True?" ABC 11 Alive , 04/24/17)

Handel's 2008 Travels Included A Trip With Governor Perdue That Was Part Of An Economic Development Mission With Georgia's Second-Largest Export Destination, China. "Traveling with Governor Perdue to China on this economic development mission are Secretary of State Karen Handel and a host of leaders from Georgia's business and academic communities as well as other government officials. The delegation will first visit Shanghai and will then travel to Beijing where Governor Perdue will open Georgia's Business Advisory Center. China was Georgia's second-largest export destination at $1.6 billion in 2007." (Press Release, "Governor Perdue Departs For China On Delta Inaugural Flight," Georgia State Website , Accessed 05/16/17)

At The Same Time, Ossoff Traveled Around The World On Trips That Cost $14,000 And Were, In Part, To Partake In A "Cultural Exchange" In Taiwan And To Foster Friendship In Turkey

In Just Two Years, Ossoff Traveled To Four Countries At A Cost Of $14,000 Paid For By Outside Groups. "The trips took place while he was a staffer to U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson and cost at least $14,000. They include a 2011 venture to Turkey sponsored by the Turkish Coalition of America, a 2011 trip to Taiwan paid for by the Taiwanese government and a 2012 journey to Liberia and Ghana funded by the Atlanta-based CARE charity." (Greg Bluestein, "Georgia Sixth: Ossoff, Handel Overseas Trips In Spotlight," Atlanta Journal-Constitution , 05/15/17)

  • Ossoff's Trip To Taiwan Was A "Cultural Exchange." "The trip to Taiwan did not require disclosure because the journey was classified as a cultural exchange and not a 'gift.'" (Greg Bluestein, "Georgia Sixth: Ossoff, Handel Overseas Trips In Spotlight," Atlanta Journal-Constitution , 05/12/17)
  • Congressional Trips With The Turkish Coalition Of America (TCA) Are Meant To Create A Dialogue, Foster Friendship And Understanding, And Realistically Portray Turkish Arts Among Other Goals. "TCA-sponsored trips have helped create a balanced dialogue in Washington about issues important to Turkish Americans; fostered friendship, understanding and cooperation between the U.S. and Turkey; and contributed to a realistic portrayal of Turkey and Turkish Americans in government, the media, and the arts." ("Congressional Travel," Turkish Coalition Of America Website , Accessed 05/16/17)

OSSOFF DOES NOT LIVE IN THE DISTRICT HE IS RUNNING TO REPRESENT

Ossoff Wants To Represent A District He Does Not Live In

Ossoff Says That The District He Is Running In Is His Home. ALISYN CAMEROTA: "Please do. Perhaps, say, an Election Day proposal would be good. But I guess your point is that you don't live in your -- the district in which you're running, so you will not be able to vote for yourself. JON OSSOFF: Well, I grew up in this district, I grew up in this community. It's my home." (CNN's "New Day," 04/18/17)

  • But Ossoff Does Not Live In The District He Wants To Represent. "The surprising early leader [Jon Ossoff] in the special election to replace Tom Price in Congress doesn't live in the district." ("Race To Replace Price: Leading In Polls, Ossoff Doesn't Live In District," 11 Alive ABC , 02/28/17)
  • Ossoff Cannot Vote For Himself In The Elections. "Ossoff said when asked whether he would be able to vote for himself in Tuesday's election; he will not." (Louis Nelson, "Ossoff Defends Living Outside District Where He's Running," Politico , 04/18/17)

While Ossoff Says He Wants To Bring Jobs To The District, He Has Chosen To Establish His Personal Business Overseas

Ossoff Touts The Fact That He Is "A Small Business Owner" And "The CEO Of A Company On His Campaign Website." "Jon is a small business owner, executive, and entrepreneur - the CEO of a company that produces documentaries investigating organized crime and political corruption." ( Jon's Priorities , Elect Jon, Campaign Website, 01/05/17)

  • Ossoff Even Stresses The Need To Attract More Jobs To The Area In A Campaign Ad. OSSOFF: "We need to attract more high-tech and research jobs to the area." (Campaign Ad, " Accountable ," 03/03/17)

But He Fails To Mention That His Company, Insight TWI Limited, Is Based In Middlesex, London . ("Contact Us," Insight TWI, Accessed 03/29/17)

CONTRARY TO WHAT OSSOFF SAYS, HIS DONORS DO WRITE BIG CHECKS AND DO NOT REPRESENT THE "GRASSROOTS"

95 Percent Of Ossoff's Donors Are From Outside Of Georgia And Include Huge Donations From Hollywood Actors And Comedians, Liberal Bloggers, And D.C.-Based Special Interests Groups

At The April 5, 2017 Debate, 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, 04/05/17)

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," Atlanta Journal-Constitution , 04/08/17)

$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," Atlanta Journal-Constitution , 04/08/17)

  • Actor Jon Cryer And Comedian Chelsea Handler Gave The Maximum Donation They Could For Ossoff. "Comedian Chelsea Handler maxed out with a contribution of $2,700, as did actor Jon Cryer." (Lisa Hagen, "Celebrity Donations Help Fuel Georgia Dem's $8.3M Haul," The Hill , 04/06/17)

CNN's Eric Brandner 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 , 03/31/17)

  • Politico Reported That Daily Kos Donated More Money To Ossoff "Than The Group Had Ever Directed To Any Campaign Other Than Elizabeth Warren's 2012 Senate Run." "Daily Kos members have since donated nearly $400,000 to Ossoff - more than the group had ever directed to any campaign other than Elizabeth Warren's 2012 Senate run." (Scott Bland, "Progressives Pour Cash Into Anti-Trump Resistance," Politico , 02/02/17)

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 , 04/08/17)


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