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Vote YES on Issue #25 - Corporations are not people & money is not equal to speech

The Ohio Supreme Court decided in favor of Brecksville Citizens for Transparent Politics. The decision confirmed that the city is the proper forum to address the issue of campaign finance reform.

Vote YES on Brecksville Ballot Issue #25. With only a few days before the elections it's more important than ever to make sure everyone knows why to vote YES on issue #25. PBS - Frontline had a documentary detailing the effects of the Citizens United decision on Montana. Please take the time to watch.

The Ohio Supreme Court decided in favor of Brecksville Citizens for Transparent Politics.  The decision confirmed that the city is the proper forum to address the issue of campaign finance reform.  Issue #25 calls for a public hearing every 2 years following the federal election to discuss the effects of corporate, union, PAC & Super-Pacs on the politics of our city.  All citizens are welcome to participate.  The 2011 revenue for our city was approx $25 million.  

It's our contention that the Mayor and city council should welcome the opportunity to engage with Brecksville citizens on this very important issue. 

Please vote YES on Brecksville Ballot Issue #25. Frontline had a great documentary on Citizens United and money in politics

Big Sky, Big Money 
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/big-sky-big-money/

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Rose Petsche November 02, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Here's the bottom line. We want a return to the way it was before the 2010 Citizens United decision. Congress and the states should to be able to implement common sense regulations on the amount of money that flows into our democratic process. The Citizens United decision is one of the worst examples of judicial activism in the history of the Supreme Court. 100+ years of campaign finance reform was thrown out in favor of unlimited, undisclosed campaign contributions. This decision allows those with the most money to have the most speech. We are all affected by this decision. I would refer those interested to read Justice Stevens dissent in the 2010 Citizens United decision. VOTE YES ON 25
Jeff Mihalich November 02, 2012 at 01:51 PM
The bottom line is you want to put the ability for the billions in union dollars to go unanswered. This proposed amendment also give additional power to the congress to solidify power in Washington, this was not activism it was freedom. Read the MAJORITY opinion. Keep the control of our local government to our elected officials Dont throw out 225 years of Constitutional process. Vote NO on ISSUE 25.
Rose Petsche November 02, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Well, Jeff...we're on opposite sides of this. We hope the saner voices will prevail. That's what democracy is all about. I have no more interest in discussing this issue with you We will know the verdict in a few days. VOTE YES ON #25 - vote for the people to have an equal voice in our political process
Brian Scott November 02, 2012 at 05:07 PM
My father who was a moderate, as I, explained this to me about politics. You'll find ideologue's and if your lucky, some people with some common sense. He explained to me how to differentiate between the two. You give each a shovel and ask them to start digging. The common sensed one will dig until he or she gets to where they won't be able to crawl out of the hole they have dug, and stops.The ideologue calls up for another shovel. Who hasn't been deluged with stuffed mailboxes and never ending commercials 5 fold since the CU decision? And you believe that it doesn't effect the end result? That these corporations/special interests/unions would throw tens of millions of dollars at "advertising" if it didn't? If thats the case, then we would have commercial free media aka PBS and near empty mailboxes. And I believe that you meant Mayor Hruby is "our" mayor (inclusive) and not "my" Mayor in your previous post, constitutionally speaking of course. My take on this is you need another shovel.
Ed Kizys November 02, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Mr. Mihalich, I will leave this discussion with one quote from Barry Goldwater, Republican Senator of Arizona and a conservative icon who manifested his ideology with common sense. In discussions on campaign finance reform in 1983, he said: "[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.

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