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Ballot Issue #25 - Final Flyer

Ballot Issue #25 - new flyer. Closing argument in favor of #25

Brecksville Citizens for Transparent Politics is out delivering flyers to all our Brecksville neighbors.  We hope our flyer will answer some questions regarding Ballot Issue #25 and encouage everyone to vote for this measure.

Contrary to the content in the mailer that was sent out in opposition to our Ballot Issue #25, we are not trying to eliminate anyone's free speech.  If there's any speech being silenced in this election, it's that of the ordinary American citizen. 

Also, the establishment of a town hall meeting (which is called for in this measure) and sending a letter to our elected state & federal representatives is well within our city's charter.  This was affirmed by the Ohio Supreme Court in a 5-0 decision rendered in favor of letting our proposed ordinance appear on the ballot.

It's sickening to see the undisclosed millions upon millions of dollare swooping in to distort the truth and encourage us to hate each other.  Who can question the ugly impact all this money is having on our political process.  How much time before this onslaught of undisclosed money destroys what little we have left of our democracy?  Is it right that money equals speech?  In my view, absolutely not.  We are being naive to think that our city's revenus of $25 million  wouldn't be a target for special interests or that zoning issues within our city wouldn't encourage undisclosed political contritutions from special interests. 

The following link provides information on the publics attitude towards this measure. 

http://www.demos.org/publication/citizens-actually-united-bi-partisan-opposition-corporate-political-spending-and-support

People are trying very hard to make this a partisan issue.  That's how we stay devided.  In my view, a good idea can come from anywhere and anyone.  This idea, of an amendment to reverse the 2010 Citizens United decision is a good one.  A bi-annual town hall meeting to discuss the effect of money on our city, state etc..is a good one.

Brecksville neightors, we are asking you to:

VOTE YESS ON ISSUE #25

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jack kananian November 05, 2012 at 10:21 PM
I would like to recmmend a NO vote on issue 25. Citizens United acts as a counter balance to the large sums of money unions drop on elections. Further, this should not be on a local ballot. This is something the petitoners should address on the federal level.
Dave November 06, 2012 at 12:35 AM
Rose - where on the ballot does it include the word "Unions". Should say Corporations and Unions if you really meant it. I am voting "NO" !! Please respond back this time what happened. 25 PROPOSED ORDINANCE (By Petition) CITY OF BRECKSVILLE A majority affirmative vote is necessary for approval Shall the proposed ordinance titled “In support of movement to amend the U. S. Constitution to establish that corporations are not people and money is not speech”, be adopted? 25 PROPUESTA DE ORDENANZA (Por Petición) CIUDAD DE BRECKSVILLE Se requiere un voto afirmativo por mayoría para su aprobación ¿Deberá adoptarse la propuesta de ordenanza titulada “En apoyo del movimiento para enmendar la Constitución de los EE. UU. para establecer que las corporaciones no son personas y que el dinero no es una forma de libre expresión”? YES / SÍ NO / NO
Jeff Mihalich November 06, 2012 at 03:09 AM
If you think your candidate is being bought by an evil foreign corporation, don't vote for them. It takes VOTERS to elect candidates. As a voter I am not influenced by the myriad of 30 second tv commercials, I actually learn what a candidate stands for and make an informed decision.
Ed Kizys November 06, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Grassroots efforts start locally and expand to state and federal levels. Issue 25 is Brecksville's opportunity to make a statement about the decline of our election process and the overbearing influence on politicians by political contributions. Only human beings should get their rights from the Constitution. Corporations, unions and non-profits should be defined via legislation and the democratic process. Citizens United gave constitutional rights to non-persons and eliminated the ability of state and federal legislatures to regulate campaign financing. Barry Goldwater, Republican Senator of Arizona and a conservative icon said the following during discussions on campaign finance reform in 1983: "[O]ur nation is facing a crisis of liberty if we do not control campaign expenditures. We must prove that elective office is not for sale. We must convince the public that elected officials are what James Madison intended us to be, agents of the sovereign people, not the hired hands of rich givers, or what Madison called factions." Vote for Issue 25. Send Goldwater's message to Washington and Columbus with your vote.
Rose Petsche November 06, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Dave, just to clarify. We had no influence on the ballot language. The actual ordinance itself does include corporations, unions, pacs & super-pacs.

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