Campaign finance reports were due in Ohio last Thursday, and labor groups supporting a repeal of Senate Bill 5, a bill that would strip public workers of collective bargaining rights, continued to be transparent while Republican groups did not.
Unions and groups like teachers' associations donated $30 million to We Are Ohio, the main group pushing for a repeal. Building a Better Ohio, the main group defending the law and its champion Gov. John Kasich, set up a corporate nonprofit to fund raise and, once again, did not disclose. The group did voluntarily disclose the names of donors, but not donation amounts. Donors included wealthy Ohioans; private businesses; and other front groups like Make Ohio Great, a front for the Republican Governors Association, which funneled millions in out-of-state corporate cash into Ohio to elect Kasich in 2010.
According to the information available, it appears Building a Better Ohio raised $7.6 million, while Make Ohio Great, which is also running TV ads, revealed no information at all.
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In an interview with Andrew Stelzer of National Radio Project's Making Contact, Ludwig talks about newly released campaign finance reports related to Issue 2 on this November’s ballot in Ohio. Disclosure of donors and dollars was sparse by GOP-funded anti-union campaigns. Union supporters, looking to repeal SB 5, are spending record amounts as well.