As residents of a swing state, Ohioans know all too well the effects of unlimited money in politics. President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney’s campaigns have spent a combined $128 million in TV ads in Ohio alone this election season.
Petsche, co-leader of Citizens for Transparent Politics in Brecksville, participated in a panel discussion on local ballot issues -- most of which focused on their Move to Amend citizens initiative ballot measure.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the infamous Citizens United case that special interests were equivalent to natural human beings and deserved equal protections under the Constitution, effectively opening the floodgates of obscene spending in our elections. This poorly-conceived decision erased years of legal precedent, cementing the undemocratic doctrine of speech being equivalent to money.
BRECKSVILLE - The Brecksville Citizens for Transparent Politics held a public hearing at the Brecksville Library Oct. 17 in hopes of educating residents about Issue 25 and to open the floor to the public for questions and comments.
A presentation of a video entitled "The Story of Citizens United v. FEC" preceded presentations by Attorneys Dave Witt, Bob Belovich and Jack Petsche, Newburgh Heights Mayor Trevor Elkins and activist Greg Coleridge.
Letter to the Editor / Sun Press, Cleveland
Ohioans have a unique opportunity before November to help shape the federal election results for President, Senate and representatives beyond voting.
It’s time to stop being mere spectators of staged Presidential visits and consumers of often-inaccurate media ads and time to start being citizens demanding candidates share their positions on significant issues.
A partial list of issues candidates of both major parties haven’t discussed and related questions include:
BRECKSVILLE, Ohio -- Brecksville resident Rose Petsche saw it as David taking down Goliath on Monday when the Ohio Supreme Court nixed the city's efforts to block a grassroots initiative aimed at ending runaway campaign financing on a national level.
Petsche, head of the Brecksville Citizens for Transparent Politics, succeeded in getting the initiative on the Nov. 6 ballot that would require Brecksville city leaders to support a constitutional amendment to abolish unlimited corporate and union spending on political campaigns.
Imagine, for a moment, an alternative life. Imagine yourself a member of the Brecksville City Council, working late into the night on a proposed piece of legislation. Words are exchanged between you and your colleagues -- point and counterpoint -- moving toward an actual vote on the legislation, when, suddenly, a group of men force their way into the council chamber. You demand an explanation. They tell you they are the Thought Police and that they have a court order requiring you to cease and desist from discussing further the proposed legislation.