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Voter referendums are a threat to Ohio and should be reined in

Published: Sun, April 8, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

Ohio’s sovereignty is at risk every time a referendum is put on the ballot. The General Assembly needs to address the terms by which a referendum and initiative is funded to prevent outside influences from impacting the governance of our state. If a state referendum or issue is to be put on the ballot, then only money raised in the state of Ohio should be used to fund it.

In light of HB 194, Senate Bill 5, Issues 2, 3, 4, and 5 in 2006, and other similar issues and referendums of historical record, the residents of Ohio should be asking themselves if union and corporate interests from outside Ohio should be trampling over the laws made by those we elected by funding initiatives and referendums to serve their own interests and/or to justify their existence.

According to the secretary of state, corporations and unions can give unlimited funds to issue and referendum campaigns provided those funds are used only for that particular issue. There are no campaign finance limits on these issues, nor are PACs required. What we have seen happen in our state is national labor groups and corporations from Washington D.C. and abroad spend large sums of money on these issue and referendum campaigns. This leaves the Ohio voter at the mercy of these predatory interest groups whose interests lie in their own selfish designs rather than the interest of Ohio.

I propose the following changes to the Ohio campaign finance laws.

1.) For Ohio issues and referendums, only money raised in Ohio can be used to finance those campaigns. If corporations and national labor groups want to give to a referendum or issue campaign, they must set up a PAC like everyone else and be subject to strict campaign finance contribution limits and reporting requirements.

2.) Funding for circulation of petitions for issues and referendums in turn must be financed by money raised only in Ohio. If individuals are being paid to circulate petitions, that money can only be paid out of a registered state PAC.

3.) State and local unions/corporations in Ohio shall be subject to the same contribution rules as national unions and corporations. Money can only be given through a PAC subject to limits and reporting requirements.

Restore Ohio’s sovereignty. Contact your state representatives and senators and tell them Ohioans should have the final say in government, not national corporate and union interests.

Alex Mangie, CPA, Canfield


1Photoman(1048 comments)posted 3 years ago

I would say lots of luck with the above proposals. Big money, whether from corporate or union interests and whether overtly or covertly tendered, will always find new ways to corrupt and overrule the voters. Neither group cares about the will of the people whether or not we might be members of their organizations. Then there is the matter of reappearing levies which have been turned down by voters.....

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2redeye1(4944 comments)posted 3 years ago

Alex I like your ideas , but trying to get our fine state gov't officials to enact them. Is nearly impossible , if not impossible. But once again good ideas.

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3jupiter(116 comments)posted 3 years ago

Alex, get over yourself. Living in your parents basement, playing with your Star Wars toys, and watching too much of Fox News DOES NOT qualify you in any way shape or form to become an architect of political policy (no matter what Munroe tells you).
Get over the spanking you got on SB-5. get ready for the spanking you will receive in November. Thank Guv'nor Johnny-boy for ensuring that the Republican agenda falls on largely deaf ears.
In terms that you can understand: The Guv'nor was like the Emperor in Star Wars. SB-5 was like the Death Star. The middle class is like the Alliance. Get the picture?

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4Alexinytown(246 comments)posted 3 years ago

Jupiter, I have more political experience and knowledge in my little finger then you have in your life. My accounting and political credentials speak for themselves, so I have nothing to prove to anyone, least of all the naysayers on this board.

I didn't make this about SB 5, you, Guin, and fd did. Judging by the hostility, I seem to have struck a chord because I know your name and your game and you don't like that I know how the rules are set up. At least I don't lie to my constituents about the realities of issue politics.

For the record, anyone can shoot fish in a barrel like you people do in the Democratic Party. Just because you can't win in Mahoning County as a Republican doesn't mean I don't know how to win. Anyone can run a good political race when they are backed by the faith and credit of the unions and Democratic Machine.

Try to run races without it like we do, you wouldn't last a year. But guess what- I'm still here. Get the picture?

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