Today, the Global Commission on Elections, Democracy and Security released a report titled “Deepening Democracy: A Strategy for Improving the Integrity of Elections Worldwide”. The report is not particularly glowing with regards to the status of American democracy, specifically pointing out recent efforts to suppress African American voting (page 30) and problems with political finance (page 34) – two of the five stated challenges to the integrity of elections.
You can read the report here.Full Story... →
Kasich to sign fracking oversight legislation
As Kasich prepares to sign SB315, which offers no new tools to local governments dealing with the effects of fracking, the Plain Dealer shares the experience of Broadview Heights, where urban oil and gas drilling has impacted the community and residents have few options to fight back.
Obama to return to Ohio Tuesday
Gosh, what a coincidence that the Dispatch would give the Governor prime real estate in Saturday and Sunday’s editions to attack the President twice this weekend [...]
Back in the end of July, the Columbus Dispatch did an insightful story on how Building a Better Ohio was planning on getting voters to approve Issue 2 at the polls:
The group formed to defend Senate Bill 5 believes the same Quinnipiac University poll released July 20 that showed voters favor repeal of Ohio’s new collective-bargaining law by 24 points also provides a road map of “pressure points” that can change minds before the Nov. 8 referendum.
And with three months until the vote and a $20 million budget, the coalition of Gov. John Kasich confidants and [...]Full Story... →
The second ad from We Are Ohio that largely focuses on our Senate staffer raises story:
The ad very carefully uses the phrase “exploits” a loophole. But what the ad omits is that the loophole they refer to is one that was not created by SB 5, and thus, will still exist if Issue 2 fails. For your convenience, here’s a copy of the relevant portion of SB 5 referenced in the bill (revising R.C. 124.14(B):Full Story... →
Four days ago, a new “independent” expenditure group was formed called “One Ohio United.” Right now, it’s primary focus appears to be promoting Kasich’s “Jobs” Budget as this television ad shows (note: we have not confirmed this ad is actually airing anywhere, yet)
The group appears to be headed by a “Mike Morris,” who we believe is the same Mike Morris that Chairs the Ohio Business Roundtable as well as the CEO of AEP. The group also names the CEO of ScottsMiracle-Gro as one of its members, which is interesting since he endorsed Ted Strickland in a campaign ad last year.
Mea culpa?Full Story... →
Back in May, News Corp. Chairman/CEO Rupert Murdoch and his wife donated $10,000 each to John Kasich’s campaign. Shortly after that, News Corp. gave $1 million to the Republican Governors’ Association.
In yesterday’s Politico, Murdoch admitted that he had his company’s PAC make the donation solely to help out John Kasich. When asked if he ever considered how such an one-sided partisan donation could affect Fox News’ credibility, he said:
“It doesn’t reflect on Fox News,” he said. “It had nothing to do with Fox News. The RGA [gift] was actually [a result of] my friendship with John [...]Full Story... →
Yep, today’s the deadline for the Statewide candidates (except for the U.S. Senate) to report their August fundraising haul. And yet again, they don’t actually have to report their spending, so any cash-on-hand figures you see bandied about is highly misleading and shouldn’t be trusted. That’s why I’m not going to run them in this post.
We’ll update this post as the reports are filed today.
Governor Ted Strickland (D): $1.4 million. A $72k donation by the Franklin County Democratic Party, but no sizeable donation from the Ohio Democratic Party. This is the first report where ODP [...]Full Story... →
The Federal Elections Commission has notified State Senator Bob Gibbs (R), who is challenging Congressman Zach Space, that he must return over $50,000 in donations because they exceeded the lawful maximum donation amounts under federal law. As BSB already noted, that’s around 25% of Gibbs’ most recent cash-on-hand total.
Over half of that amount is based on donations made by the Ohio Republican Party. And despite getting a massive amount of apparently, illegal, donations from the Ohio GOP, Gibbs was still facing a 6:1 cash-on-hand disadvantage to Space.
Two weeks ago, I noted how the NRCC [...]Full Story... →
The Columbus Dispatch reports with little appreciation of the significance of what they’re reporting:
This prompted American Crossroads to issue an “Are you kidding?” reply. The organization’s law firm said that all photos and video of Portman used in the commercial came from “public domain sources,” such as the Internet and YouTube. “Absolutely no material used in the ad was obtained from the Portman campaign web site or in any other way from the Portman campaign.”
So let me get this straight. Karl Rove’s American Crossroads defense is because they got the materials from Rob Portman Senate campaign’s [...]Full Story... →
Mike DeWine took in over three times from the Ohio Republican Party that Richard Cordray took in from the Ohio Democratic Party. In fact, in the final week of the reporting period, a majority of DeWine’s donations came from the Ohio GOP.
So, of course, the Columbus Dispatch’s Daily Briefing Blog criticizes Cordray for how much he took from ODP.
Makes perfect sense.Full Story... →
Today is the deadline for the statewide candidates to file their monthly July reports for contributions which will continue through October.
*They only need to report contributions, not expenditures (although some do), so the cash on hand figures will be highly misleading into the Pre-General Election filing due in October. We’ll have additional month contribution reports for August and September.
My expectations are that Kasich should lead with the most raised this month as his schedule in July demonstrated that he was working to have the best report possible. In attention to a number of high-dollar business fundraising events he [...]Full Story... →