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FACT CHECKING PAT HACKETT

FACT CHECKING PAT HACKETT

Joshi Campaign Responds

Pat Hackett’s suggestion that Yatish Joshi is a pay-to-play politician is both factually incorrect and falls far short of the legal standard of the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Joshi’s business practices and philanthropy clearly demonstrate a sustained engagement with and concern about our community. No one is better equipped than Yatish Joshi to serve the people of Indiana’s Second District in Congress.

Hackett stated in a recent interview (19 April 2018) that Yatish Joshi’s military contracts create an inherent conflict of interest, since Congress has both war powers and the power of the purse. As an attorney, Hackett should know that Mr. Joshi – and all members of Congress – are required by the Committee on Ethics to avoid “instances in which an official allows his personal economic interests to impair his independence of judgment in the conduct of his public duties.” This can include complete divestiture of one’s company or companies to assure no conflict of interest exists – which Mr. Joshi is fully prepared to do when elected. Unlike Trump, Joshi will not use his elected office for personal profit; he will vote against future military actions and make sure our tax dollars are not used to foment violence around the world. He has demonstrated his deep and ethical commitment to our community for more than 40 years.

Much has been made of Mr. Joshi’s contracts with the US Government, but Hackett’s team has told only part of the story. Joshi’s company, GTA Containers, manufactures collapsible tanks of his patented design that are used by farmers for fertilizer, salt brine on winter roads, clean drinking water in disaster areas, and by the US military to support our troops with fuel and other resources when they are deployed around the world. Joshi’s foreign policy is distinctly anti-war in its orientation. He emphasizes that we can secure our borders with sound foreign policy that helps stabilize rather than destabilize countries; supports functioning economies abroad rather than exploiting them for our gain; and cultivates peace in global communities instead of waging war. For the 2018 Budget, Trump has requested $679 billion dollars for military-related spending; that is 59 cents of every tax dollar. Joshi believes this is an abomination and that Congressional spending must be realigned to reflect Democratic values and Progressive ideals.

Mr. Joshi has been deeply committed to this area for more than four decades. He and his family have worked to better our region every single day. For example, they started Bike the Bend to bring family and friends together to ride bicycles side-by-side and explore our community; endowed the South Bend Youth Symphony so that low-income children can learn music for many years to come; renovated the Performance Hall at IUSB to be the best venue within 300 miles; and endowed full domestic and international scholarships to create opportunities for music students to advance their careers without financial concerns or limitations. They also support the Children’s Hospital in Akron, Ohio and endowed the Burn Unit at Spectrum Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan to provide annual training for nurses. They also sponsor the Symphony, Chamber Singers, and programming at WVPE. This is the community Joshi chose and he is committed to helping to make it the best.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Araquel Bloss, Campaign Manager at 574-318-6474 or email at ABloss@JoshiForIndiana.com