What They Are Saying: Jon Ossoff Exposed For Hypocrisy And Lies On PPP, Corporate PAC Funding
This week, privileged liberal Jon Ossoff’s campaign struggled after he was caught in three lies and a major hypocrisy. Ossoff not only spread false information about COVID-19 and tax reform, but he broke his promise to not accept any campaign donations from corporate-funded PAC’s and was exposed by the media for his blatantly hypocritical stance on the Paycheck Protection Program. Here are some highlights of recent coverage:
After Ossoff criticized the Paycheck Protection Program on the campaign trail, NBC Atlanta and The Washington Free Beacon reported that Ossoff’s own father used the program to save his struggling company.
NBC Atlanta: “Republicans are attacking Democrat Jon Ossoff for being critical of federal bailouts while his father accepted a small business loan during the pandemic. Ossoff is running for the US Senate against Republican incumbent David Perdue. Ossoff has been critical of the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act, which has funneled money into struggling businesses of all sizes during the recession.”
Washington Free Beacon: “The wealthy father of Georgia Democratic Senate candidate Jon Ossoff, who has given thousands to his son’s campaigns, took a Paycheck Protection Program loan of as much as $1 million as Ossoff argued that the program favors the rich. Richard Ossoff’s Atlanta-based company Strafford Publications, Inc., received between $350,000 and $1 million from the PPP on June 9. The loan saved 30 jobs, according to federal records. PPP was part of the CARES ACT, a federal coronavirus relief bill.”
New quarterly FEC reports show that Ossoff broke his pledge to not accept corporate money while almost 75 percent of his donations came from outside of Georgia.
Townhall.com: “The Georgia Democrat’s campaign is fueled by a promise to “end big money in politics” and overturn Citizens United, but Ossoff’s campaign continues to be bankrolled by corporate donations via Leadership PACs, which allow candidates to receive corporate donations indirectly. Ossoff also took contributions from Leadership PACs during his bid for Congress in 2017, while also running a campaign based on getting corporate donations out of politics. As Open Secrets lays out, Leadership PACs serve as an avenue for candidates running against big money to receive such corporate donations through back channels. Though Ossoff vowed that his campaign would take no corporate money, he received $30,000 in donations from various Leadership PACs during this fiscal quarter.”
Ossoff was caught on video falsely claiming that the 2017 tax relief law raised taxes on the middle class. In truth, the average American family received a $1260 tax cut.
And finally, Ossoff was exposed for lying about the COVID-19 crisis, falsely claiming that the Trump administration was silencing health professionals.
Townhall.com: Georgia Senate candidate Jon Ossoff perpetuated another lie, one that had already been fact-checked. Ossoff regurgitated a false talking point that the Trump administration threatened a CDC official, Dr. Nancy Messonnier, with retaliation for speaking out about COVID-19 back in February. The false claim was originated from in an ad from former Vice President Joe Biden: ‘Starting the next day, Dr. Messonnier no longer appeared at public briefings of the White House coronavirus task force. The president and the White House sent a clear message to scientists in the government: There would be a price for speaking out and speaking up,’ the ad says. Former Vice President Joe Biden was hit with a fact-check for claiming that Dr. Messonnier was “silenced” by the administration. Biden’s claim was rated ‘misleading’ by FactCheck.org and was given “four-pinocchios” by The Washington Post.