Follow the $$

Financial reports were filed this week by the Issue 1 groups. According to a report from the Columbus Dispatch:

“One Person One Vote has vastly outraised and outspent its opponents, allowing the group to dominate the airwaves with advertising. On top of the $14.8 million in contributions, opponents received $1.8 million in services provided by the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio.

Top donations include:

  • $2.6 million from the Sixteen Thirty Fund, a progressive dark money group
  • $1.875 million from the Tides Foundation, a liberal social justice organization based in San Francisco
  • $1 million from the National Education Association
  • $1 million from the Ohio Education Association
  • Over $531,000 from the Fairness Project, which focuses on ballot measure campaigns

One Person One Vote received $3.2 million from in-state donations, including $106,000 from individual Ohioans. Nearly two-thirds of the contributions came from groups and people in Washington, D.C. and California, with other donors hailing from New York, Colorado and Canada.” 

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