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The Latest: GOP calls on Donnelly to donate sale profits

Posted July 14

FILE - In this April 7, 2017, file photo, U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., arrives for the confirmation vote for Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Donnelly railed against Carrier Corp. for moving manufacturing jobs to Mexico last year, even while he profited from a family business that relies on Mexican labor to produce dye for ink pads, according to records reviewed by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

— The Latest on U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly's dealings with family business using Mexican labor (all times local):

2:20 p.m.

National Republicans are calling on Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly to donate profits from selling his stock in his brother's arts and crafts company that manufactures some products in Mexico.

The Indiana senator is one of the nation's most vulnerable Democratic senators up for re-election next year and has been a longtime critic of outsourcing jobs to foreign countries.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee says Donnelly has been "hypocritically profiting" from the company's actions. It says Donnelly should donate his sale profits to organizations helping the families of displaced workers.

Donnelly said Friday that he would sell his stock in Stewart Superior, which used Mexican workers to produce dye for ink pads. The Associated Press reported Thursday that Donnelly made at least $15,000 in dividends last year on up to $50,000 of company stock.

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1:25 p.m.

An Indiana senator and longtime critic of outsourcing jobs to foreign countries says he's selling his stock in his brother's arts and crafts company after The Associated Press reported it manufactures some products in Mexico.

Democrat Joe Donnelly said in a campaign news release Friday that he made the statement to reporters at the Indiana Black Expo luncheon. 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."

The AP reported Thursday that Donnelly made at least $15,000 in dividends last year on $50,000 of stock in Stewart Superior, which used Mexican workers to produce ink. He criticized Carrier Corp. for moving jobs to Mexico last year.

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