Sen­a­tor, off­shoring foe to sell his stock

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

IN­DI­ANAPO­LIS — An In­di­ana U.S. sen­a­tor and long­time critic of out­sourc­ing jobs to for­eign coun­tries an­nounced Fri­day that he will sell his stock in his fam­ily’s arts and crafts com­pany af­ter The As­so­ci­ated Press re­ported the com­pany man­u­fac­tures some prod­ucts in Mex­ico.

Demo­crat Joe Don­nelly said he hasn’t had an ac­tive role in the com­pany for 20 years but was tak­ing the ac­tion to avoid al­low­ing the is­sue to be­come “a dis­trac­tion from our work to end out­sourc­ing and keep Amer­i­can jobs here in­stead of ship­ping them to other coun­tries.” His cam­paign said he made the state­ment to re­porters at an In­di­ana Black Expo lun­cheon.

On Thurs­day, the AP re­ported that Don­nelly made at least $15,001 in div­i­dends last year on as much as $50,000 of stock in Ste­wart Su­pe­rior Corp., which used Mex­i­can work­ers to pro­duce dye for ink pads.

Don­nelly, con­sid­ered to be vul­ner­a­ble in his re-elec­tion ef­fort next year, was highly crit­i­cal of Car­rier Corp., an air con­di­tioner and fur­nace maker. He ac­cused it of ex­ploit­ing $3-an-hour work­ers when its par­ent com­pany an­nounced plans last year to cut some 2,000 jobs at two In­di­ana fac­to­ries by mov­ing pro­duc­tion to Mex­ico.

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