Ad stretches to tie Archer to job losses


Dave Loebsack, D, 2nd District

John Archer, R, 2nd District


Loebsack campaign ties Archer’s philosophy to loss of industrial jobs in Iowa


Loebsack campaign ad


2nd District U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa City, plays to voters’ economic anxiety in this TV spot, “Problems.”

The script seeks to tie challenger John Archer’s political philosophy to the loss of industrial jobs. Taking the script’s empirical claims one by one (parenthetical references are superimposed on the screen):

“Iowa lost over 11,000 jobs to unfair trade (EPI 7/20/05), outsourced overseas”

“EPI” is the Economic Policy Institute, a Washington, D.C., think tank specializing in issues affecting working-class families. According to its website, EPI is funded 53 percent by foundation grants, 29 percent from labor unions.The report cited in the ad shows 11,409 Iowa jobs lost to policies adopted under the North American Free Trade Agreement since 1993, by EPI analysis.

“We do associate those with currency manipulation and unfair practices,” said Rob Scott, of EPI. He said Iowa has lost another 10,000 jobs to trade policies since 2005.

“ ... Archer is an executive for   the global division of a corporation that shipped over 900 jobs to Mexico (TAA Database) ...”

The corporation is John Deere. Archer is senior counsel, and is on leave.

TAA is the Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance program, which provides job training and income support for workers laid off as a result of global trade.

The Department of Labor’s data isn’t searchable by employer, but a database created by Public Citizen, a non-profit consumer advocacy organization, shows 1,008 U.S. Deere workers have qualified for TAA benefits since 1999 when their jobs went to Mexico. Archer has worked for Deere only since 2000.

“ ... Archer supports more unfair trade with South Korea (Archer campaign event 10/22/11)”

In the Oct. 22, 2011 event in Wilton, Archer criticized Loebsack for voting against trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea. Archer (in a video) said “these trade agreements are critically important to create jobs here in Eastern Iowa,” specifically in farming and pork production. The Washington Post called the agreements a “win” for President Obama.

“Worse, Archer has personal investments in manufacturing companies in Asia (Archer Personal Financial Disclosure 11/9/11) ...”

Archer’s 2011 personal finances disclosure shows he holds “$1,001-$15,000” worth of stock in China Valves Technology, a developer, manufacturer and after-market service provider of comprehensive flow management products and services in China. He also lists mutual funds holding stock in firms doing manufacturing overseas.


This ad stretches to link Archer to those figures cited  regarding job losses to Mexico, and doesn't verify why or how recent trade agreements that he supports would be damaging to Iowa. We rate this ad’s overall message as mostly false.

— Researched and written by Steve Gravelle, reviewed by Adam Carros, edited by Jeff Tecklenburg.


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