Ohio Issue 3, Campaign Finance Reform Act (2005)
|Ohio Issue 3 (2005)|
Text of measure
- See also: Ohio Constitution, Article XVII
The language appeared on the ballot as:
(Proposed by Initiative Petition)
To adopt Section 5 of Article XVII of the Constitution of the State of Ohio.
In order to establish revised limits on political contributions, establish prohibitions regarding political contributions and provide for revised public disclosure requirements of campaign contributions and expenditures, this amendment would:
Annual limitation on contributions by individuals:
Contributions from individuals:
Contributions from political action committees (PACs):
Contributions from small donor PACs:
Contributions from candidates' committees:
Contributions from affiliated national, state, county, and local political parties combined: $25,000 to a candidate for member of the general assembly and $100,000 to a candidate for statewide executive office.
Shall the proposed amendment be adopted? 
Arguments in favor
The following reasons were given in support of Issue 3 by Reform Ohio Now:
Vote YES to restore confidence, level the playing field and reduce the influence of big money contributors in politics by significantly limiting campaign contributions to statewide and state legislative candidates and political parties.
Ohio’s state government has become mired in scandal. A “pay-to-play” culture - reflected in “Coingate,” undisclosed golf outings, and ongoing federal and state investigations – permeates state government. The endless drive to raise campaign money has tempted too many to cross ethical lines.
Rather than limiting the influence of big money, the General Assembly made the problem worse last year by raising individual contribution limits from $2,500 to $10,000! The legislature also lifted a ban on corporate contributions to political parties.
Issue 4 will restore reasonable contribution limits and reduce the influence of big money in government. Under this amendment, individual contributions will be limited to $2,000 per election for statewide candidates and $1,000 per election for state legislative candidates. The ban on corporate contributions to political parties will be restored.
The current influence of big money contributors in state government has corrupted government. Ohio’s sky high contribution limits only widen the gap between the “haves” and the “have nots” making it increasingly difficult for average citizens to compete in the public arena. Government stops listening to the average citizen and only hears the big money contributor.
Big money allows special interests to shape policy and exercise greater influence over legislators than the voters who elect them. One need only look to the scandals that now plague Ohio.
The following reasons were given in opposition of Issue 3 by the Committee to Provide Argument Against Issue 3:
Vote No on Issue 3 for the following reasons.
For all of these reasons,
VOTE NO ON ISSUE THREE
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