“We looked further into the matter and confirmed portions of the ad that showed the Whirlpool facility were taken on public property and shots of the factory were from publicly available materials. We have also confirmed the individuals in the ad are indeed employees, all of whom volunteered to participate on their own time and show their support of Senator Brown’s leadership.”
The ad jokingly features pictures of Brown with adjectives describing his “rumpled,” “disheveled,” and “wrinkled” appearance.
“But we make washing machines and Sherrod Brown looks great to us,” says one employee in a red polo shirt with an embroidered Whirlpool logo. Four employees are featured in the ad.
“As Whirlpool stated, these are individual Whirlpool workers who support Sherrod and we’re proud to have them on our team,” said Preston Maddock, a Brown campaign spokesman.
With 9,800 Ohio employees, Whirlpool is the state’s fifth-largest manufacturer, according to the Ohio Manufacturers’ Association. The Michigan-based company has five Ohio factories.
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