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Education Unions Raise Much of $19 Million To Defeat Ohio’s Issue 2

Nineteen million dollars is a lot of money. Especially in Ohio. For a ballot issue. In an off-year election.

Under those circumstances, it’s an astonishing amount of money.

But that’s how much We Are Ohio, the group campaigning to repeal Ohio’s collective bargaining law Senate Bill 5, has raised since July, according to campaign finance reports filed today. SB 5 is on the Nov. 8 ballot as Issue 2.

Building a Better Ohio, the group campaigning to keep SB 5, reported raising $8 million over the same time period. Because the pro-SB 5 campaign is structured as a 501c(4) organization with an associated state campaign committee, it doesn’t have to publicly report donations to the parent organization. So Building a Better Ohio’s nonprofit released the names of its donors, but not the amounts they gave.

We Are Ohio Raises More Than Kasich

The amount raised by the anti-SB 5 group is more than Gov. John Kasich raised when he was running for governor last year. He raised about $18.3 million then. And keep in mind that last year’s gubernatorial campaign, where Kasich and Strickland raised $38 million collectively, was record-setting.

This year, many unions even tacked on extra dues to support the opposition effort, including many teacher unions. University of Akron Political Science professor John Green says that’s “because they see this as so central not only to their interests but the their values.”

Green estimates the average ballot issue in Ohio costs a total of $4 or $5 million dollars. In other words, the Issue 2 campaign this year may cost 10 times more than the average ballot issue in Ohio.

The state record for an issue campaign is the $56 million spent in the 2009 battle over casinos, Green said.

Nearly half of the $19 million raised by We Are Ohio in the most recent reporting period comes directly from teacher or faculty unions, which might not be shocking given that the teachers make up a large part of public-sector union employees in Ohio.

But the $9 million from teachers and faculty unions doesn’t count contributions from individual union members or leaders. (Cleveland teacher union president David Quolke, for one, chipped in $500. Columbus teacher union president Rhonda Johnson came up with $100.)

The $9 million from the unions also includes $53,600 from out-of-state college faculty unions, including $35,000 from faculty unions in Michigan.

And, as in past reporting periods, nearly all of the money–98 percent for this particular reporting period–comes from union coffers rather than directly from individuals. Though, as has been observed before, unions are in fact made up of people.

Top Donors to Issue 2 Repeal Campaign (current reporting period)

Rank
Contributor
State
Amount
1OHIO EDUCATION ASSOCIATIONOH$4,750,000
2NATIONAL LABOR TABLE(DC)$1,500,000
3NATIONAL LABOR TABLE(DC)$1,000,000
4NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATIONDC$1,000,000
5OHIO CIVIL SERVICE EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION LOCAL 11OH$1,000,000
6AMERICAN FEDERATION OF STATE, COUNTY & MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES AFL-CIODC$1,000,000
7NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATIONDC$1,000,000
8OHIO CIVIL SERVICE EMPLOYEE ASSOCIATION LOCAL 11OH$600,000
9SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNTATIONAL UNION LOCAL 1199NY$500,000
10UNITED FOOD & COMMERCIAL WORKERS INTERNATIONAL UNIONDC$500,000

Source: Ohio Secretary of State

Donors to Issue 2 Support Campaign

Pro-SB 5 campaign group Building a Better Ohio has not released information on how much each of its donors gave. However, the group has released a list of donors (scroll down to read it). Some of the pro-SB 5 donors include:

Building a Better Ohio donor list:

 

Comments

  • Anonymous

    Business as usual – people finally get hired, must join a union or pay the price of fighting the status quot, and card check get passed in the democrat house. Card check is for the protection of unions – it’s obvious the unions are not the entities needing protection.
    The far left unions/SEIU, AFL-CIO, Democrat Socialists of America would love to remake America into their servants. – they support much of Obama’s “reforms” “investments” “taxes”.

  • Anonymous

    I can’t stop laughing at you union dolts.. and you taxpayers that voted to support this crap by donating your tax dollars.. more each year to ensure the public unions have clout, benefits and a political voice while you pay the bill and lose yours.

    Hilarious.

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