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We are Columbus residents who are passionate about strong, vibrant neighborhoods, good jobs for all, and a government that works for everyone. That's why we oppose the proposed Wards Charter Amendment on the August 2nd Special Election ballot. Columbus doesn't need 18 new politicians making up to $75,000 a year for a part-time job. We need a City Council that represents every neighborhood and is accountable to every Columbus voter.
Dark money corporations have given pro-Issue 1 campaigners $323,750.08 in their quest to pass Issue 1 according to filings with the Franklin County Board of Elections. A Colorado-based corporation is allegedly violating Ohio law by operating as a political action committee for Issue 1 without filing campaign finance reports that would disclose their donors and[…]
Today, the Columbus Dispatch ran an even stronger editorial against Issue 1 on the August 2 special election ballot. Their conclusion? Issue 1 is too risky, too costly, and too vague. It’s the wrong way to make a massive change to our local government. Thoughtful reform is better Columbus voters on Tuesday should vote No[…]
According to a new third-party analysis, Issue 1 will cost taxpayers $20,000,000 over the next decade. The estimate, produced by a CPA who specializes in budget forecasting, also shows that new council offices will cost $261,418 each. “Issue 1 comes with major sticker shock for Columbus voters, with a price tag of $20 million over the[…]
The first pro-Issue 1 ad of the campaign takes misrepresentation to a whole new level. The pro-Issue 1 campaign uses misleading attacks and outright lies in a desperate attempt to save their failing ballot issue. Here are just a few facts to clear things up: CLAIM: Issue 1 will end the current council appointment process. FACT:[…]
Earlier this month, the volunteer leaders of the Franklin County Democratic Party strongly endorsed a NO vote on Issue 1. We had a robust discussion, all voices were heard, and Democrats stood together to oppose Issue 1 because it’s a risk we can’t afford. So, what does this have to do with Donald Trump? Last[…]
This afternoon, Represent Columbus filed their finance report and it’s very troubling. Just like their allies the Koch Brothers, Represent Columbus is misleading voters and hiding their contributions from the public. So, let’s try to follow the Mini-Koch Brothers’ money! Democracy Win is a shadowy SuperPAC registered at a residential address outside Denver, CO. It’s run[…]
Former Mayor Mike Coleman — the longest serving and most successful mayor in our city’s history — weighs in on Issue 1. His verdict? Vote NO on Issue 1 at the August 2nd special election. “Issue 1 was hatched in secret…Without your input… And was endorsed by the party of Donald Trump. “Issue 1 will[…]