Corporations in Electoral Process: On the Agenda

June 18, 2012
Brandon Baker, Cleveland Heights Patch

Cleveland Heights City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. to consider resolutions recommended by its committees.

First, council will consider a resolution that would authorize acting city manager Susanna Niermann O'Neil to enter into agreements with the Heights Emergency Food Center, Heights Youth Club and the Noble-Nela Merchants Association to use Community Development Block Grant funds for operating, administrative and project costs. Council will also vote on an agreement with Miami Valley International Trucks to buy a refuse collection vehicle through the Ohio Department of Transportation Cooperative Purchasing Program.

A resolution opposing the U.S. Supreme Court’s interpretation of the Constitution regarding corporations' involvement in the electoral process is also on the agenda. The resolution would support "an amendment to the Constitution to provide that corporations are not entitled to the entirety of protections or “rights” of natural persons, specifically so that the expenditures of corporate money to influence the electoral process is no longer a form of constitutionally protected speech."

The resolution would be the city's call on Congress to begin working on an amendment.

The city will also vote on declaring a few residential properties as nuisances.

The meeting will take place at the council chambers at city hall.

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