Tuesday, October 25, 2005
Lorain Morning Journal lies
How do they lie? Let us count the ways:
- "[M]ost of the Reform Ohio Now campaign money comes from wealthy out of state contributors such as billionaire George Soros." LIE - No Soros money.
- "[Issue 3] allows wealthy candidates to spend unlimited amounts of their own money, but won't let an opponent go above the donor limits to even up the playing field." LIE - Everyone would be capped.
- "It contains something called a ''small donor political action committee'' that lets labor unions pour unlimited funds into campaigns, even from out of state, without having to say who gave the money." LIE - Unions would have to document individuals' contributions.
- "It severely restricts candidates who aren't wealthy or union-connected from raising campaign money." LIE - There are no special benefits provided to the wealth or unions, and all candidates will have an equal ability to raise funds.
- "Issue 4 would take this job away from elected politicians, who still are accountable to the voters." LIE - The point is that politicians are unaccountable because competition has been virtually eliminated.
- "You would expect the supporters of Issue 4 to produce a map showing how it is clearly superior to what we have now, but they don't. They must have a map, so why can't we see it?" LIE - the RON campaign held a news conference on Oct. 20 to release its maps that "generally were more compact than the districts in the Ohio First maps."
- "This amendment stems from what proved to be bogus accusations of voting irregularities under Republican Secretary of State Ken Blackwell in the 2004 presidential election." LIE - This amendment stems from the realization that the system has a flaw that would allow a partisan SOS to sway the elections. Even the Morning Joural admits that, "Blackwell also headed President Bush's campaign in Ohio, and that should be avoided in the future."