Just because gas prices have dropped doesn’t mean Ohio should build more highways. Recently, 700 Sierra Club members commented on the Ohio Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) 2014 Statewide Transit Needs Study. Now we have the opportunity to weigh in on the specific projects that ODOT will fund in 2015-2018.
We hope you can join the Sierra Club for our annual Chapter Retreat. As one of the largest and most influential environmental organizations in the state, this is the time each year where we celebrate our victories, renew our spirits, and make our plans the year ahead. All are welcome, and meals will be provided for members who register.
Agribusiness Biggest Supporter of Ohioans for Livestock Care
October 27th, 2009
Large Donations ($20 K and Up) Represent Two-Thirds of Pro-Issue 2 Contributions and In-Kind Donations
Columbus, Ohio – Government report detailing political expenditures for Ohioans for Livestock Care (OLC), the pro-Issue 2 Political Action Committee (PAC) promoting the creation of the Livestock Care Standards Board, reveals that financial support for Issue 2 is overwhelmingly from corporate livestock interests.
Large agribusiness trade associations, such as the Ohio Pork Producers Council, Ohio Poultry Association, and the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, made large contributions to support Issue 2, and three out-of-state interests are among the largest overall donors.
The biggest donors, all large trade associations, gave $20,000 or more in contributions and in-kind donations to the PAC and represent 2 percent of the contributors but two-thirds (66 percent) of the overall financing. The twelve largest contributors to OLC contributed at least $100,000 each for a total of $1.4 million or 35 percent of all funds.
Ohio Against Constitutional Takeover, a coalition representing Ohio farmers and consumers, is providing analysis of the financial report by industry sector, donor size, individual vs. non-individual, and in-state vs. out-of-state. The report demonstrates that only the most vested interests, namely livestock trade associations, are pushing to pass Issue 2.
Ohio ACT, a partnership that includes the Ohio Farmers Union, Ohio Ecological Food and Farming Association, Ohio Sierra Club, ProgressOhio and Food & Water Watch, is composed of grassroots organizations that represent tens of thousands of Ohioans including farmers and consumers, and has offices in Columbus, Cleveland, and Cincinnati, Ohio. To view the complete list of coalition partners and details of Issue 2, please visit: www.ohioact.org