CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio – Chagrin Falls must ask the U.S. Congress to reverse a 2010 Supreme Court decision that allows corporations unlimited spending in political campaigns, after voters approved Issue 34 with two-thirds of the vote, according to unofficial results from the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.
Greg Coleridge, the coordinator for Ohio's Move to Amend efforts, said he isn't surprised voters approved the issue saying corporations are not people.
"It's pretty obvious that in each and every election that more and more money is coming from fewer sources," Coleridge said. "It's toxic to democracy. Voters are saying that they've had enough."
Village Council would hold public meetings every other year where residents can testify on the impact of political money. Officials would also send a letter to Congress detailing village residents' desire for an amendment.
A resident in Chagrin Falls organized the petition that put Issue 34 on the November ballot. Move to Amend, which is a group of volunteers seeking an amendment to the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, has been behind the push to pursue this topic.
The group is working one community at a time to put pressure on Congress.
Brecksville, Newburgh Heights, Cleveland Heights and seven other Ohio cities have already passed Move to Amend measures.