Move to Amend group get Issue 1 on ballot for Toledo voters

February 16, 2016
NBC 24

TOLEDO - Tuesday is the last day to register to vote in Ohio's March primary election. Toledo voters will see something new on the ballot- Issue 1.

It deals with political contributions to candidates, but the way it's written can be confusing to voters.

It states "Shall the City of Toledo support the movement to amend the U.S. Constitution to establish that corporations are not people and money is not speech and providing for annual public hearings on these topics?"

We sat down with Sean Nester, one of the organizers of Move to Amend. The group gathered more than 11,000 signatures to put this on the ballot.

"The problem is there is too much special interest in politics and things are being dominated by money. The solution as we see it is an amendment to the United States Constitution that says corporations are not people and contributions to politicians are not a free speech matter," Nester said.

Nester says other cities have passed similar measures, including Defiance. If Toledo voters pass this, it will be the largest city in Ohio to have such a measure.

"I think that you'll see it time and time again throughout this election year, it's really just which special interests are backing which candidates and I think we would rather have people run on the merits of their ideas and what it's going to do for people as a whole not just which interests are going to win out."

The measure also calls for an annual forum hosted by the City of Toledo for people to talk about money and corporations in politics.

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