State of Ohio Archives: on Government Reform


Josh Mandel: No government bailout that I would ever support

The two parried on the auto bailout, which Brown supported. Brown said he was "proud of his work," and cited it as a key reason Ohio's economy has recovered more quickly than the rest of the nation's. "My opponent says my vote for the auto rescue was un-American. To me, that vote was doing my job to fight for their jobs."

But Mandel seemed to indicate he opposed all bailouts. "I'm not a bailout senator," he said. "There's no government bailout that I can think of that I would ever support."

Source: Dayton Daily News on 2012 Ohio Senate debate Oct 25, 2012

Josh Mandel: Does not accept gifts in public office

Josh Mandel does not take gifts. Or does he? The Ohio treasurer and U.S. Senate candidate asserted that he does not, and he said so in the most public of settings: a roomful of reporters from the Akron Press Club. The club wanted to give Mandel a token of appreciation (a flash drive with the club's logo) after he addressed it on March 1. "I appreciate it. I don't take gifts," Mandel said.

This raises a question: Why did Mandel recently declare in a public document that he got gifts from 31 people in 2011? That number of gift-givers, and their names, showed up in the state financial disclosure statement that Mandel filed this week. This disclosure led incumbent Sen. Sherrod Brown's campaign to declare that Mandel lied when he told reporters that he doesn't take gifts.

Mandel's campaign spokesman says the gifts were primarily meals at "family gatherings, weddings, meetings and charity events."

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer on 2012 Ohio Senate debates Apr 20, 2012

Josh Mandel: Public officials should disclose more than is required

[Mandel listed] 31 people as gift-givers in 2011 in the state financial disclosure statement filed this week. [A campaign spokesperson] added that even though Ohio requires state officials to disclose all gifts above $75, many of the meals Mandel listed cost less but were disclosed anyway, in an abundance of transparency. Mandel has said in his most recent and in past financial disclosure reports that he tries to provide more information than required.

If there were gifts of significantly high value or items that went beyond food or drink, the disclosure forms do not say, as the Ohio Ethics Commission only requires state officeholders to disclose the source of gifts valued at more than $75 but does not require specificity as to the gifts themselves.

The US Senate require only gifts worth more than $335 to be reported. Brown's most recent form said he had none. Mandel "goes above and beyond what is required on his disclosure forms," the spokesperson said. "More elected officials should do that."

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer on 2012 Ohio Senate debates Apr 20, 2012

John Kasich: Skinny-down bureaucracy & kick out special interests

Make Government More Efficient And Effective--Skinny-down state bureaucracy to ensure taxpayers are getting their money's worth, and reform state government into a 21st century partner with Ohio's job creators--not one that punishes business with outdated or unnecessary regulation;

End The Influence Of Special Interests--Build common-sense solutions to our problems and kick out those who, for too long, have kept us from fixing all that is wrong in our state

Source: 2010 Gubernatorial campaign website, kasichforohio.com Nov 2, 2010

Michael Pryce: Remove all contribution & spending limits on campaigns

Q: Do you support increasing the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns?

A: Yes.

Q: Should Congress regulate indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?

A: No.

Q: Do you support removing all contribution limits on federal campaigns?

A: Yes.

Q: Should candidates for federal office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?

A: No.

Source: Ohio Congressional Election 2010 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2010

Eric Deaton: Limit & regulate campaign contributions

Q: Do you support increasing the amount individuals can contribute to federal campaigns?

A: Yes. First amendment rights appear to protect all campaign contributions without limits, but limits must be in place to keep us from creating class warfare and to keep foreign influences out of our election system.

Q:Should Congress regulate indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support removing all contribution/spending limits on federal campaigns?

A: No.

Source: Ohio Congressional 2010 Political Courage Test Aug 11, 2010

Eric Deaton: No line item veto; limit "signing statements"

Q: Do you support the line item veto for items concerning appropriations?

A: No.

Q: Do you support limiting the President's ability to define how legislation is applied through the use of signing statements?

A: Yes. Presidential signing statements should not change the intent of the very laws passed by congress and should only be used to clarify (after consultation with congress) or to protest the possible Constitutionality of the new legislation.

Source: Ohio Congressional 2010 Political Courage Test Aug 11, 2010

Joyce Beatty: Limit campaign contributions & campaigm spending

Q: Do you support limiting individual contributions to state legislative candidates?

A: Yes.

Q: PAC contributions?

A: Yes.

Q: Corporate?

A: Yes.

Q: Political Parties?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?

A: No.

Source: Ohio Legislative 2000 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2000

Charlie Wilson: Supports public funding for political camapigns

Q: Do you support current limits on individual contributions to state legislative candidates?

A: Yes.

Q: PAC contributions?

A: Yes.

Q: Corporate contributions?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?

A: Yes.

Source: 1998 Ohio Legislative National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1998

Lee Fisher: Campaign spending limits, but no state funding

Q: Do you support current limits on the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates: Individual?

A: Yes.

Q: PAC?

A: Yes.

Q: Corporate?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?

A: No.

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Source: Ohio Gubernatorial 1998 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1998

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