Letter to Mike DeWine asking for his support

 

Mike DeWine
Attorney General of Ohio
Ph. 614-466-4989

 

Please lend your support to the efforts of the Attorney General of Montana, Steve Bullock, to defend the rights of states to limit the attempts of large corporations to influence outcomes of state and local elections through campaign contributions.

As you probably know, a long standing Montana law, which forbids corporations from electioneering in that state, has been challenged on the basis of the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court Citizens United decision, which struck down the McCain-Feingold campaign reform act of 2002. The state Supreme Court of Montana upheld the state law, but it is being challenged at the federal level. Justices Ginsburg and Breyer have urged their Supreme Court colleagues to take up the case as an opportunity to revisit the Citizens United decision.

An amicus brief submitted to support Montana’s case can be read at the following website:

http://www.freespeechforpeople.com/sites/default/files/MT%20Amicus%20Brief.pdf

AGs of other states are being urged to offer their support. If Ohio decides to keep corporations out of election politics, it ought to be free to do so. For that reason I urge you to offer what support you can in this effort to influence the U.S. Supreme Court to revisit Citizens United. We have seen the distortion of elections by the injection of big money, that has occurred since the Citizens United decision was handed down.

I hope you will do what you can to help restore the integrity of elections in Ohio and in the country at large.

Thank you for your consideration of this matter.

John N. Howell
Democracy Over Corporations
18 N. College Street
Athens, OH 45701

May 9, 2012

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