Last week supporters of a so-called “right-to-work” amendment in Ohio announced that they had finally gathered over 100,000 signatures. It seems like a lot, except when you consider that they have been gathering signatures since February 2012, nearly 20 months now. At this rate, just to collect the over 385,000 VALID signatures needed to get on the ballot, they will need another 40 months.
In reality, they need to collect twice that many to account for duplicates and other invalid signatures. And the longer the process takes, the more likely they are to receive duplicate signatures.
At this rate, Ohioans could vote to make Hillary Clinton the next president of the United States before we ever get a chance to vote on another anti-union measure in Ohio. Unless, of course, they pick up a lot of funding and start collecting signatures at a faster pace. To be fair, these guys and gals surprised us with their anti-Obamacare amendment back in 2011, so I wouldn’t discount their ability to quickly organize financing and volunteers, even with Kasich and his Republican allies trying to distance themselves from anything union related until after the 2014 gubernatorial election.
According to their latest campaign finance reports, the PAC supporting the anti-union measure, Ohioans for Workplace Freedom, has paid over $118,187 in fees to individual petition circulators since July 2012. The top paid individuals are familiar names in Ohio Tea Party circles.
This highest paid circulator was John McAvoy from the Toledo Tea Party, raking in $6,948.
Coming in second is our old friend Kelly Kohls, the Tea Party Activist and Springboro School Board President who has brought international shame to the community of Springboro Ohio with her attempts to introduce Creationism and Christian Nationalism into public school classrooms. Kohls was paid over $4,000.
Kohls has made it clear she is no fan of teachers, and what better way to strip them of their power, rights and salaries than by destroying their unions?
Maggie Cook also makes the list. You might remember Ms. Cook from our coverage of the Kasich/DeWine central committee battle. According to a complaint filed against Kasich, Ms. Cook was fired from her job with the Associated Builders and Contractors when she refused to step down from the central committee race to make way for a pro-Kasich candidate.
Interestingly, ABC’s PAC is one of the largest contributors to the so-called Workplace Freedom effort, giving $26,950 last year.
The full list of contributors and expenditures is available from the Ohio Secretary of State’s website. Here’s the top 20 signature gatherers so far…