300px-threehoboschicago1929.thumbnail.jpgOhio stands to lose 8,000 jobs because John McCain and his lobbyist campaign manager Rick Davis intervened to broker a deal on behalf of a foreign shipping company:

In 2003, Davis lobbied the Senate to accept the proposal by DHL to buy Airborne Express for $1.05 billion. Airborne Express at the time ran the airport and package-sorting facility in Wilmington .

Filings in the Senate show Davis’ lobbying firm, Davis Manafort, was hired to help both companies deal with Congress, where objections over DHL’s foreign ownership arose. Davis and a partner earned their firm $185,000 for the DHL-Airborne Express work that year, records show. They earned $405,000 more from Deutsche Post for work on other issues in 2004 and 2005, Senate records show.

Ted Stevens wanted to make the deal less attractive by stipulating in a military spending bill that foreign-owned carriers couldn’t be used to fly military equipment or troops, but McCain, head of the Commerce Committee, objected. His campaign released a statement, citing the need for "providing the best return to American taxpayers, irrespective of narrow and protectionist concerns."

Ohio job losses over the last seven years are the worst since the Great Depression. I wonder if those 8,000 people are going to think their jobs are "narrow and protectionist concerns?"

Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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