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Oct 27, 2011- A Closer Look at Ohio Issue 2 Debate

By: Michael Hyland
By: Michael Hyland

In tonight's on-air "At the Capitol" segment, we're taking a closer look at some of the unanswered questions from Tuesday's Issue 2 debate.

In tonight's "At the Capitol" segment during your 5:30 edition, we're looking at some of the questions that were not answered during Tuesday's live debate on Ohio's Issue 2 (whether or not to repeal SB5).

Building a Better Ohio is expected to release a list of its donors today. The group, which is urging a yes vote on Issue 2, has come under fire because to this point it's been unclear who's financing the campaign.

Republicans and business groups have been vocal in their support of SB5, but the actual donations have been a mystery. Even after today's report is released, it will not say how much individual donors are giving.

We Are Ohio, which is urging a no vote on Issue 2, has been largely backed by labor groups and has been disclosing it's donations.

The reason for the difference, a spokesperson for Building a Better Ohio says, is the way in which the group is raising its money. A non-profit organizaiton is doing the actual fund raising and transferring the funds to the campaign. By law, Building a Better Ohio has disclosed the name of the non-profit but not the individual donors. The campaign argues it's going a step beyond what the law requires by disclosing the names today.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Groups campaigning over whether to keep or toss out Ohio's new collective bargaining law planned Thursday to release new details about their fundraising.

Campaign finance reports were to be filed with the state Thursday by the union-backed coalition We Are Ohio. The coalition wants to overturn the law that bans public worker strikes and restricts the collective bargaining rights of public employee unions. The reports will show the group's spending and its cash available for the remaining days before the Nov. 8 election.

Few details were expected Thursday from the side defending the law.

Building a Better Ohio's spokesman says the group will release a list of its donors, but not the amount they're giving.

The Republican-backed Building a Better Ohio group is not required to say who contributes to it because of its status as a nonprofit corporation, whereas We Are Ohio is a political action committee that by state law has to publicly disclose on Thursday its spending, donors and their contributions.

Building a Better Ohio also has a political action committee. The nonprofit would have to report the money it transfers to that committee, though not details about its donors. Its political committee would have to disclose any other contributions or spending.
 

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