Deep Drilling, Deep Pockets
A study released today by Common Cause Ohio finds that companies engaged in fracking made $1.8 million in campaign contributions to Ohio’s elected officials, political candidates, and political parties between July 2011 and June 2013.
Read more at http://www.commoncause.org/OH/deepdrilling
Every ten years we redraw district lines
One of the great ironies of Ohio’s role as a “swing state” is that, while statewide elections may be highly competitive, widespread gerrymandering, or redrawing legislative boundaries for political purposes, has made our Congressional and local elections highly uncompetitive. This year, just three of Ohio’s sixteen Congressional races were decided by a margin of 10% or less.
In response to this year’s highly partisan and highly controversial redistricting process—which received widespread criticism from citizens and editorial boards of major newspapers across Ohio for destroying competition, dividing communities, and giving one political party an unfair advantage over another—we helped create www.ohiovotemap.com, an interactive map that lets people see the damage done by gerrymandering to their own communities.
Defending the right from which all others derive
During 2012, Common Cause Ohio and Common Cause chapters across the country teamed up with the National Election Protection Coalition to address election administration before Election Day, and run a national Election Protection Hotline for voters to call with any problems they encounter. More than 300 volunteers helped Ohio voters on Election Day at polling locations all over Ohio. For more information about the Election Protection Hotline, including records of every reported voting problem in Ohio, visit www.ourvotelive.org.
In 2013, Common Cause Ohio will be fighting barriers to voting and promoting improvements in election administration.
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Making a Difference in Ohio
Common Cause is a nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy organization founded in 1970 by John Gardner as a vehicle for citizens to make their voices heard in the political process and to hold their elected leaders accountable to the public interest. Now with nearly 400,000 members and supporters and 36 state organizations, Common Cause remains committed to honest, open and accountable government, as well as encouraging citizen participation in democracy.
Common Cause Ohio is working to hold power accountable at the state and local levels. Common Cause Ohio is active on a number of issue campaigns including election and redistricting reform, media reform and campaign finance reform. To learn more and get involved, please sign up for CauseNet, our email action alert network.