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Shoddy Sherrod Is Going Low

- June 11, 2018

Senator Brown's Recent Desperate And False Ads Are The Latest Manifestation From An Ineffective, Career Politician


TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) was recently admonished by fact checkers for viciously attacking Representative Jim Renacci (R-OH) with false and misleading information about his record.
    • Politifact gave the first of Brown's ads a "Mostly False" rating for his lobbying allegation, while FactCheck.org and The Columbus Dispatch called the underlying premise of the ads "misleading."
  • Brown's lashing out with false attack ads may be because a recent Morning Consult poll shows that 42 percent of Ohio voters want someone new to represent them in Washington, compared to 33 percent who think Brown deserves reelection.
  • For serving on Capitol Hill for 26 years, Brown has been remarkably ineffective, with only 6 sponsored bills becoming law.
  • In the 115th Congress, Brown has voted with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer 94 percent of the time and with the Senate Democratic Caucus 88 percent of the time.
  • Brown voted against fifteen of President Donald Trump's Cabinet and administration nominees and against the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.
  • Brown voted against tax reform, claiming the bill would "cut taxes for corporations that send American jobs overseas."
  • Despite Brown's claims, tax reform has caused multiple corporations to give wage increases to Ohioans, stimulated job growth in Ohio, and allowed for companies to give back to his constituents in the form of widespread bonuses.

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SENATOR SHERROD BROWN HAS GONE LOW EARLY, AIRING MULTIPLE NEGATIVE AND MISLEADING CAMPAIGN ADS AGAINST REP. JIM RENACCI

In Two Campaign Ads, Brown Falsely Accused His Opponent, Rep. Jim Renacci, Of Lobbying While Serving As A Member Of Congress And Attacked Him For Having To Pay Millions In Back Taxes

In His First TV Attack Ad, Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) Accused Rep. Jim Renacci (D-OH) Of Lobbying While Serving In Congress And Voting To "Make It Easier For Lobbyists To Hold Key Government Positions And Harder To Investigate Conflicts Of Interest." "U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown's first TV attack ad portrays his opponent U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci as a fan of lobbyists working in government. 'The U.S. Congress. There's 68 teachers, 15 farmers, four pilots but only one lobbyist,' says the narrator as a cash register cha-ching sound is heard in the background. 'That's right, Jim Renacci has been a lobbyist even while in Congress. And what's he done? He voted to make it easier for lobbyists to hold key government positions and harder to investigate conflicts of interest.'" (Amy Sherman, "Sherrod Brown Misleads In Lobbyist Attack On Jim Renacci In Ohio Senate Race," Politifact , 5/31/18)

Brown Released A Second Ad Attacking Renacci For Having To "Pay Back Taxes And Interest Of Over A Million Dollars" And His "Persistence To Avoid Paying Taxes." "'Renacci was forced to pay back taxes and interest of over a million dollars. The tax commissioner said the Renaccis stand almost alone in their persistence to avoid paying taxes. Jim Renacci always looked out for himself.'" (Jack Torry, "New Brown TV Commercial Appears A Bit Misleading," The Columbus Dispatch , 5/31/18)

Fact Checkers Have Strongly Disputed The Claims In Brown's First Ad, Calling Them "Mostly False" And "Misleading"

Politifact Rated Brown's First Ad Accusing Renacci Of Being "A Lobbyist Even In Congress" And Voting To "Make It Easier For Lobbyists To Hold Key Government Positions And Harder To Investigate Conflicts Of Interest" As "Mostly False." (Amy Sherman, "Sherrod Brown Misleads In Lobbyist Attack On Jim Renacci In Ohio Senate Race," Politifact , 5/31/18)

Politifact Found That "There's No Convincing Evidence He [Renacci] Actually Worked As A Lobbyist While A Member Of Congress." "Renacci misfiled paperwork about his lobbying activities, but there's no convincing evidence he actually worked as a lobbyist while a member of Congress." (Amy Sherman, "Sherrod Brown Misleads In Lobbyist Attack On Jim Renacci In Ohio Senate Race," Politifact , 5/31/18)

  • FactCheck.Org Also Said That There Is "No Evidence That Renacci Ever Lobbied Congress" And Called The Underlying Premise Of Brown's First Ad "Misleading." "We take no position on the failed motion or the rule change, but the underlying premise of the ad - that Renacci has 'been a lobbyist even while in Congress' - is misleading. There is no evidence that Renacci ever lobbied Congress." (Lori Robertson, "A Lobbyist In Congress? Not Exactly," FactCheck.org , 5/31/18)

The First Voting Claim In The Ad References A "Procedural Maneuver Related To HR 921 On Nov. 16, 2016" That Resulted In A Party-Line Vote On A Resolution For A Bill To "Ban U.S. Bank Transactions In Connection With Export Of Commercial Aircraft To Iran." "The campaign pointed to Renacci's vote on a procedural maneuver related to HR 921 on Nov. 16, 2016. The resolution related to a bill to ban U.S. bank transactions in connection with export of commercial aircraft to Iran." (Amy Sherman, "Sherrod Brown Misleads In Lobbyist Attack On Jim Renacci In Ohio Senate Race," Politifact , 5/31/18)

  • The Ad Fails To Mention That Renacci Never Took A Vote On The Lobbyist Bill And Joshua Huder, Senior Fellow At The Georgetown Government Affairs Institute, Said The Ad Was "Relying On A Hypothetical Scenario About A Tenuous Connection." "The ad doesn't explain that Renacci never took a direct vote on lobbyist bill -- in fact, it never received any vote. Joshua Huder, a senior fellow in the Government Affairs Institute at Georgetown, said that the Brown ad is relying on a hypothetical scenario about a tenuous connection." (Amy Sherman, "Sherrod Brown Misleads In Lobbyist Attack On Jim Renacci In Ohio Senate Race," Politifact , 5/31/18)

The Columbus Dispatch Called Brown's Ad Attacking Renacci Over Taxes "Misleading"

The Columbus Dispatch Headline: "New Brown TV Commercial Appears A Bit Misleading." (Jack Torry, "New Brown TV Commercial Appears A Bit Misleading," The Columbus Dispatch , 5/31/18)

Despite The Accusations In The Second Ad, Brown Did Not Mention That The Ohio Supreme Court Ruled That Renacci's Reading Of The Tax Law Was "Not Unreasonable." "The second commercial, unleashed Thursday, charged that as a private businessman in 2000, Renacci was 'forced to pay back taxes and interest of over a million dollars,' without mentioning the Ohio Supreme Court in 2016 ruled Renacci's reading of the tax law was 'not unreasonable.'" (Jack Torry, "Sen. Sherrod Brown's Attack Ads May Be Signal He's Aiming At A 2020 Run," Dayton Daily News , 6/2/18)

Then-Supreme Court Justice Paul Pfeifer Also Said Tax Commissioner Acted In An "Arbitrary And Unconscionable" Manner During The Renacci Case. "Renacci then asked the state to refund the $359,822 in penalties, which was denied by the state tax commissioner. In 2016, the Ohio Supreme Court unanimously ruled against the commissioner, with then-Justice Paul E. Pfeifer writing, 'we find the tax commissioner's decisions to impose and retain the double-interest penalty were arbitrary and unconscionable,' adding that Renacci's reading of the tax law was 'not unreasonable.'" (Jack Torry, "New Brown TV Commercial Appears A Bit Misleading," The Columbus Dispatch , 5/31/18)

At The Conclusion Of Their Analysis, The Columbus Dispatch Concluded That Renacci Was Simply Engaging In A Legal Argument Against The State, Something That Is "Common For Many Taxpayers." "What appears to be the case is Renacci engaged in what is common for many taxpayers: a legal argument against the state." (Jack Torry, "New Brown TV Commercial Appears A Bit Misleading," The Columbus Dispatch , 5/31/18)

THESE ADS LOOK LIKE A MOVE OF DESPERATION IN LIGHT OF NEW POLLING THAT SHOWS OHIOANS WANTING TO REPLACE INEFFECTIVE, CAREER POLITICIAN BROWN

New Polling Shows A Plurality Of Ohio Voters Want Someone New To Serve Them In The Senate

A Recent Morning Consult Poll Shows 42 Percent Of Ohio Voters Want Someone New To Represent Them In Washington, Compared To Just 33 Percent Who Think Brown Deserves Reelection. ( Morning Consult , 314,155 Registered Voters, 3/1/18 - 5/30/18)

Brown Has Served In Public Office For 42 Years And Has Only Sponsored Six Bills That Have Been Signed Into Law

Rep. Brown Was Elected To The Ohio House Of Representatives In 1974, And Served Four Terms Until His Election As Ohio Secretary Of State In 1982. "In 1974 Brown became the youngest person elected to the Ohio House of Representatives at the time. He was reelected three times, serving from 1975 to 1982, when he left to become Ohio secretary of state." ("Sherrod Brown," Encyclopedia Britannica , Accessed 6/7/18)

Brown Was Elected To A Second Term As Secretary Of State In 1986, But Was Defeated in 1990. "He won a second term in 1986 but was defeated in 1990 by Republican Bob Taft, who later was the state's governor." ("Sherrod Brown," Encyclopedia Britannica , Accessed 6/7/18)

In 1992, Brown Was Elected To Represent Ohio's 13th Congressional District, Where He Served For Seven Terms. "In 1992, having relocated to the Cleveland area, Brown ran for and won a seat representing Ohio's 13th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives. He assumed office in 1993 and served seven terms." ("Sherrod Brown," Encyclopedia Britannica , Accessed 6/7/18)

Brown Was Elected To The United States Senate In 2006, And Has Served There Since. "In 2006 he ran for the U.S. Senate and easily defeated the Republican incumbent. Brown took office the following year." ("Sherrod Brown," Encyclopedia Britannica , Accessed 6/7/18)

Despite Serving In Congress For The Last 26 Years, Brown Has Only Sponsored 6 Bills That Have Been Signed Into Law. ("Legislation Sponsored Or Cosponsored By Sherrod Brown," Senator Sherrod Brown , Accessed 6/7/18)

ALL THESE ADS AND POLLS SHOW ARE THAT BROWN CARES MORE ABOUT PARTY LOYALTY AND OBSTRUCTING PRESIDENT TRUMP THAN HIS CONSTITUENTS

This Congress, Senator Brown Has Voted With Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) 94 Percent Of The Time And With The Senate Democratic Caucus 88 Percent Of The Time

To Date In The 115th Congress (2017-2018), Brown Has Voted With Members Of The Senate Democratic Caucus An Average Of 88 Percent Of The Time. ("Propublica Head To Head Voting Report," Propublica , Accessed 6/7/18)

To Date In The 115th Congress (2017-2018), Senator Sherrod Brown Has Voted With Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer 94 Percent Of The Time. ("Propublica Head To Head Voting Report," Propublica , Accessed 6/7/18)

To Date In The 115th Congress (2017-2018), Senator Sherrod Brown Has Voted With Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) 85 Percent Of The Time. ("Propublica Head To Head Voting Report," Propublica , Accessed 6/7/18)

To Date In The 115th Congress (2017-2018), Senator Sherrod Brown Has Voted With Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) 83 Percent Of The Time. ("Propublica Head To Head Voting Report," Propublica , Accessed 6/7/18)

Senator Brown Voted Against 15 Of President Trump's Cabinet Nominees And His Nominee To The Supreme Court

On January 23, 2017, Brown Voted Against The Confirmation Of Mike Pompeo For Director Of The Central Intelligence Agency. (PN43, Roll Call Vote #32 ; Confirmed 66-32: R 51-0-0; D 14-31-2; I 1-1-0, 1/23/17, Brown Voted Nay)

On February 1, 2017, Brown Voted Against The Confirmation Of Rex Tillerson For Secretary Of State. (PN25, Roll Call Vote #36 : Confirmed 56-43: R 52-0-0; D 3-42-1; I 1-1-0, 2/1/17, Brown Voted Nay)

On February 7, 2017, Brown Voted Against The Confirmation Of Betsy DeVos For Secretary Of Education. (PN37, Roll Call Vote #54 : Confirmed: 50-50: R 50-0; D 0-48; I 0-2, 2/7/17, Brown Voted Nay)

On February 8, 2017, Brown Voted Against The Confirmation Of Jeff Sessions For Attorney General. (PN30, Roll Call Vote #59 : Confirmed: 52-47-1: R 51-0-1; D 1-45-0; I 0-2-0, 2/8/17, Brown Voted Nay)

On February 10, 2017, Brown Voted Against The Confirmation Of Tom Price For Secretary Of Health And Human Services. (PN33, Roll Call Vote #61 : Confirmed 52-47-1: R 52-0-0; D 0-45-1; I 0-2-0, 2/10/17, Brown Voted Nay)

On February 13, 2017, Brown Voted Against The Confirmation Of Steven Mnuchin For Secretary Of Treasury. (PN26, Roll Call Vote #63 : Confirmed 53-47: R 52-0; D 1-46, 2/13/17, Brown Voted Nay)

On February 14, 2017, Brown Voted Against The Confirmation Of Linda McMahon For Administrator Of The Small Business Administration. (PN48, Roll Call Vote #65: Confirmed 81-19: R 52-0; D 28-18; I 1-1, 2/14/17, Brown Voted Nay)

On February 16, 2017, Brown Voted Against The Confirmation Of Mick Mulvaney For Director Of The Office Of Management And Budget. (PN54, Roll Call Vote #68 : Confirmed 51-49: R 51-1; D 0-48, 2/16/17, Brown Voted Nay)

On February 17, 2017, Brown Voted Against The Confirmation Of Scott Pruitt For Administrator Of The Environmental Protection Agency. (PN44, Roll Call Vote #71 : Confirmed 52-46-2: R 52-1-1; D 0-43-1; I 0-2-0, 2/17/17, Brown Voted Nay)

On March 2, 2017, Brown Voted Against The Confirmation Of Rick Perry For Secretary Of Energy. (PN36, Roll Call Vote #79 : Confirmed 62-37-1; R 51-0-1; D 10-36-0; I 1-1-0, 3/2/17, Brown Voted Nay)

On April 7, 2017, Brown Voted Against The Confirmation Of Neil M. Gorsuch For Associate Justice Of The Supreme Court Of The United States. (PN55, Roll Call Vote #111 : Confirmed 54-45-1: R 51-0-1; D 3-43-0; I 0-2-0, 4/7/17, Brown Voted Nay)

On April 27, 2017, Brown Voted Against The Confirmation Of R. Alexander Acosta For Secretary Of Labor. (PN88, Roll Call Vote #116 , Confirmed 60-38-2, R 52-0-1; D 8-37-1; I 1-1-0, 4/27/17, Brown Voted Nay)

On December 5, 2017, Brown Voted Against The Confirmation Of Kirstjen Nielsen For Secretary Of Homeland Security. (PN1095, Roll Call Vote #305 , Confirmed 62-37-1: R 51-0-1; D 10-36-0; I 1-1-0, 12/5/17, Brown Voted Nay)

On January 24, 2018, Brown Voted Against The Confirmation Of Alex Azar For Secretary Of Health And Human Services. (PN1371, Roll Call Vote #21 : Confirmed 55-43-2: R 48-1-2; D 6-41-0; I 1-1-0, 1/24/18, Brown Voted Nay)

On April 26, 2018, Brown Voted Against The Confirmation Of Mike Pompeo For Secretary Of State. (PN1761, Roll Call Vote #84 , Confirmed 57-42-1: R 50-0-1; D 6-41-1; I 1-1-0, 4/26/18, Brown Voted Nay)

On May 17, 2018, Brown Voted Against The Confirmation Of Gina Haspel For Director Of The Central Intelligence Agency. (PN1857, Roll Call Vote #101 , Confirmed 54-45-1: R 48-2-1; D 6-41-0; I 0-2-0, 5/17/18, Brown Voted Nay)

Senator Brown Voted Against Tax Reform, Which Has Brought Wage Increases, Bonuses, And Job Growth To Thousands Of Ohioans

On December 20, 2017, Brown Voted Against The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act. (H.R. 1, Roll Call Vote #323 : Motion Agreed To 51-48-1: R 51-0-1; D 0-46-0; I 0-2-0, 12/20/17, Brown Voted Nay)

Brown Claimed That The Tax Reform Bill Should Have Been An Opportunity To "Cut Taxes For Working People" But Instead Would "Cut Taxes For Corporations That Send American Jobs Overseas." "'Tax reform should have been an opportunity to work together to cut taxes for working people. I offered to work with the President and Republicans, and I introduced multiple amendments that could have put real money in the pockets of Ohioans. Instead Washington chose to cut taxes for corporations that send American jobs overseas, blow a hole in the deficit, and pay for it by cutting Medicare and kicking people off their health insurance,' said Brown." (Press Release, "Brown On Tax Bill Passage: Ohioans Shouldn't Be Forced To Pay For Handouts To Corporations That Send Jobs Overseas," Senator Sherrod Brown , 12/2/18)

Job Growth In Ohio Has Accelerated Since The Tax Cuts Passed In Late December, Adding 42,400 Jobs In The First 4 Months Of 2018, Compared To 32,300 In All Of 2017. ("State And Area Employment, Hours, And Earnings," Bureau Of Labor Statistics , Accessed 6/7/18)

As A Result Of The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act Walmart Will Increase Its Minimum Wage To $11 An Hour And Give Eligible Employees A Bonus Of Up To $1,000. "Walmart's workers will soon reap the benefits of the recent tax law changes, as the world's largest private employer raises its starting wage, creates new benefits and distributes bonuses to eligible workers. The big-box retailer announced Thursday it will increase its starting wage rate for hourly employees in the U.S. to $11, and expand maternity and parental leave benefits. Currently, Walmart's starting wage is $9 until workers complete a training program. Then, they receive $10. Walmart will also pay a one-time cash bonus to eligible employees of as much as $1,000. The payouts, which should total roughly $400 million, will result in a one-time charge that the company will take in its fiscal fourth quarter." (Lauren Thomas, "Walmart To Raise Its Starting Wage To $11, Give Some Employees Bonuses Following Tax Bill Passage," CNBC , 1/11/18)

  • There Are 50,186 Walmart Employees In Ohio. (Ohio, Walmart , Accessed 6/7/18)

  • As of 2017, Walmart Was The Largest Employer In The State Of Ohio. "No. 1 - Walmart Stores, Inc. - 50,500 jobs." ("Ohio's Largest 100 Employers In 2017: Walmart Tops The List," Cleveland.com , 4/27/17)

Home Depot Gave Employees A $1,000 Bonus After The Passage Of The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act. "Home Depot is awarding its hourly employees in the U.S. a one-time cash bonus of as much as $1,000 following the passage of new tax legislation." (Lauren Thomas, "Home Depot Hourly Employees To Receive Up To $1,000 Bonus Due To Tax Reform," CNBC , 1/25/18)

  • There Are 75 Home Depot Locations In Ohio. ("Ohio," The Home Depot, Accessed 6/7/18)
  • As of 2017, Home Depot Was The 18th Largest Employer In The State Of Ohio. "No. 18 (tie) - Home Depot, Inc. - 12,000 jobs. Home Depot, Inc., headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, employs 12,000 people in Ohio." ("Ohio's Largest 100 Employers In 2017: Walmart Tops The List," Cleveland.com , 4/27/17)

Lowe's Gave Employees Bonuses Of Up To $1,000 Following The Passage Of The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act. "Lowe's will follow rival Home Depot in giving thousands of its hourly employees a one-time bonus of up to $1,000 due to new tax legislation, according to an internal company memo reviewed by CNBC on Wednesday." (Lauren Thomas, "Lowe's To Give Some Employees Bonuses Of Up To $1,000 And Expand Benefits Due To Tax Reform," CNBC , 1/31/18)

  • Lowe's Has 83 Stores And Over 11,000 Employees In Ohio. ("Ohio," Lowes , Accessed 6/7/18)

  • As of 2017, Lowe's Was The 23rd Largest Employer In The State Of Ohio. "No. 23 - Lowe's Companies, Inc. - 11,800 jobs. Lowe's Companies, Inc., headquartered in Mooresville, North Carolina, employs 11,800 people in Ohio." ("Ohio's Largest 100 Employers In 2017: Walmart Tops The List," Cleveland.com , 4/27/17)

CVS Increased Its Minimum Wage To $11 An Hour, And They Will Not Increase Employee Healthcare Premiums For The 2018-2019 Plan Year. "CVS Health will increase the starting wage rate for hourly employees to $11 an hour, effective April 2018. As part of this change, the company also plans to adjust pay ranges and rates for many of its retail pharmacy technicians, front store associates and other hourly retail employees later in the year to ensure a competitive compensation structure that supports the company's plans to evolve its retail stores into a health care destination. As part of ensuring access to affordable health care, CVS Health will not increase employee premiums for the 2018-2019 plan year. While medical and prescription costs have increased 5% year-over-year, CVS Health will absorb the entire increase for the 100,000 employees who have elected to enroll in the company-sponsored health plan." (Press Release, "CVS Health Investing In Long-Term And Sustainable Wage Increases And Benefits Enhancements Following The Passage Of The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act," CVS , 2/8/18)

  • CVS Has 329 Pharmacies In Ohio. ("Facts By State," CVS , Accessed 6/7/18)

  • As of 2017, CVS Was The 41st Largest Employer In The State Of Ohio. "No. 41 - CVS Health Corp. - 7,600 jobs. CVS Health Corporation, headquartered in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, employs 7,600 people in Ohio." ("Ohio's Largest 100 Employers In 2017: Walmart Tops The List," Cleveland.com , 4/27/17)

Following The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act Apple Gave Its Employees A Bonus Of $2,500 Worth Of Restricted Stock Units, And Pledged To Invest $30 Billion In The U.S. Economy Over The Next Five Years, Adding 20,000 New Jobs. "Apple Inc. told employees Wednesday that it's issuing a bonus of $2,500 worth of restricted stock units, following the introduction of the new U.S. tax law, according to people familiar with the matter. The iPhone maker will begin issuing stock grants to most employees worldwide in the coming months, said the people, who asked not to be identified because they weren't authorized to speak publicly. The move comes on the same day Apple said it would bring back most of its cash from overseas and spend $30 billion in the U.S. over the next five years, funding an additional technical support campus, data centers and 20,000 new employees. Apple confirmed the bonuses in response to a Bloomberg inquiry Wednesday." (Mark Gurman, "Apple Gives Employees $2,500 Bonuses After New Tax Law," Bloomberg , 1/17/18)

  • There Are 1,294 Apple Employees In Ohio. ("Jobs In Every State," Apple, Accessed 6/7/18)

As A Result Of The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act, AT&T Will Pay $1,000 Bonuses To Over 200,000 "'Union-Represented, Non-Management" Workers, And Will Invest An Additional $1 Billion Into The United States In 2018 Alone. "AT&T, the No. 2 U.S. wireless carrier, said it will pay $1,000 bonuses to more than 200,000 employees and invest an additional $1 billion in the United States in 2018, once the tax reform bill is signed into law. An AT&T spokesman said the bonuses were unrelated to the $1,000 that 20,000 AT&T Mobility employees will receive as part of an agreement with the Communications Workers of America announced last week. Employees eligible for the bonus are all 'union-represented, non-management and front-line managers,' AT&T said in a statement." ("AT&T, Two Banks Offer Bonuses, Pay Hikes In Wake Of U.S. Tax Reform," Reuters , 12/20/17)

  • There Are 6,000 AT&T Employees In Ohio. "Approximately 6,000 AT&T employees working in Ohio as of June 30, 2016." ("Jobs And Economic Support," AT&T, Accessed 6/7/18)

  • As of 2017, AT&T Was The 45th Largest Employer In The State Of Ohio. "No. 45 (tie) - AT&T Inc. - 7,000 jobs. AT&T Inc., headquartered in Dallas, Texas, employs 7,000 people in Ohio." ("Ohio's Largest 100 Employers In 2017: Walmart Tops The List," Cleveland.com , 4/27/17)

PNC Financial Services Said It Will Give $1,000 Bonuses To 90 Percent Of Their Employees Below A Certain Pay Grade, And Will Increase Their Minimum Wage To $15 An Hour By The End Of 2018. "PNC Financial Services PNC, +0.47% became the latest company to say it will pay special bonuses to the bulk of its employees, among other workforce investments, after the tax bill was signed into law Friday. The financial services company said it will provide a $1,000 cash payment in the first quarter of 2018 to about 47,500 employees, or the about 90% of its workforce who are below a certain compensation band. In addition, PNC said it would raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour by the end of 2018, provide an additional $1,500 for employees in the defined benefit pension plan and make a $200 million contribution to the PNC Foundation, which supports early childhood education." (Tomi Kilgore, "PNC To Pay $1,000 Bonuses, Raise Minimum Wage After Tax Bill Signed," Market Watch , 12/22/17)

  • PNC Financial Services Has 10 Wealth Management Offices In Ohio. ("Wealth Management And Hawthorn Office Locations," PNC , Accessed 6/7/18)

  • As of 2017, PNC Was The 45th Largest Employer In The State Of Ohio. "No. 45 (tie) - PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. - 7,000 jobs. PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, employs 7,000 people in Ohio." ("Ohio's Largest 100 Employers In 2017: Walmart Tops The List," Cleveland.com , 4/27/17)

Smuckers, Based In Orrville Ohio, Have $1,000 Bonuses To Almost 5,000 Employees, Increased Contributions To Employee Pension Plans By $20 Million, And Increase Charitable Contributions By $1 Million. "With the benefit resulting from U.S. income tax reform, the Company contributed an incremental $20.0 million to its employee pension plan and has announced a one-time bonus of $1,000 to nearly 5,000 employees and a $1 million increase to its charitable contributions." (Press Release, "The J. M. Smucker Company Announces Fiscal 2018 Third Quarter Results," J.M. Smucker Company , 2/16/18)

Cincinnati-Based Cintas Corporation Will Give Bonuses To 38,000 Employees. "Cintas Corporation (Cincinnati, Ohio) -- Bonuses for 38,000 employees; $1,000 for employees of at least a year, $500 for employees of less than a year." ("List Of Tax Reform Good News," Americans For Tax Reform, 1/18/18)

Cincinnati-Based Fifth Third Bancorp Will Raise Its Minimum Wage To $15 An Hour And Give More Than 13,500 Employees A $1,000 Bonus. "Fifth Third Bancorp announced plans today to raise its minimum hourly wage for all employees to $15, and distribute a one-time bonus of $1,000 for more than 13,500 employees. The actions are in appreciation for the commitment employees show in supporting customers and building stronger communities. Approximately 75 percent of employees will receive a pay increase or bonus." (Press Release, "Fifth Third Bancorp Invests In Employees," Fifth Third Bancorp , 12/20/17)

Ohio-Based First Communications, Is Giving $1,000 Bonuses To Employees And Making A $3 Million Capital Investment To Make Their Business More Competitive. "Mueller and all other full-time employees of the telecommunications company will get $1,000 bonuses in April that the business says stem from recently enacted federal tax reform. First Communications said lowering the corporate tax rate from 35 to 21 percent is allowing the company to better invest in employees, in product development and in the local community. The company offers data networking, cloud, voice and managed services throughout the Midwest. The company will use the tax cuts to make a $3 million capital investment that will allow it to better compete against much larger companies such as Comcast, AT&T and Spectrum, said Mark Sollenberger, chief financial officer." (Jim Mackinnon, "Bringing The Bonus Home: How A Local Business Pays Forward Trump's Corporate Tax Cuts, Akron Beacon Journal , 3/10/18)


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