When Comcast, for example, finances a nonprofit like the International Center for Law and Economics, the Center supports Comcast’s proposed merger with Time Warner.
When the Charles Koch Foundation pledges $1.5 million to Florida State University’s economics department, it stipulates that a Koch-appointed advisory committee will select professors and undertake annual evaluations.
The Koch brothers now fund 350 programs at over 250 colleges and universities across America. You can bet that funding doesn’t underwrite research on inequality and environmental justice.
David Koch’s $23 million of donations to public television earned him positions on the boards of two prominent public-broadcasting stations. It also guaranteed that a documentary critical of the Kochs didn’t air.
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Corporate America (most notably ALEC) noted that the momentum to legalize marijuana had reached a point where it could be used effectively. Issue 3 was introduced, supported by the Astroturf organization Responsible Ohio. It reforms marijuana laws in the State of Ohio but also restricts the commercial entities that will benefit from the change to 10 specific companies. Most egregiously, it does so through Constitutional Amendment, giving those 10 companies a monopoly in the state over all profits from legal marijuana. Many people feel that the time is right to pass marijuana reform, and support the Issue, thinking that the monopoly problem can be fixed. It can only be fixed by another Constitutional Amendment.
Issue 2 came into being from the legislature - a Constitutional Issue passed after only 2 weeks in both houses. It's unclear who originated the Issue, but no citizen-activist bills will pass in only 2 weeks. That takes money - a LOT of money. It is being marketed as the solution to the Monopoly problem in Issue 3 by making monopolies in the Constitution illegal. Unfortunately, that's not really what it does. What it REALLY does is make it much less likely that any citizen-initiated issues of any kind will ever make it to the ballot by putting the decision about what gets on the ballot in the hands of a politically appointed Ohio Ballot Board. It's vague and full of legalese that can be used to shut down just about any citizen-initiated legislation.
Remember the old Issue 2? The one that stopped the State Government from implementing SB5, which would have stripped union rights from all public sector employees in Ohio? A perfect example of citizen-initiated legislation. If this year's Issue 2 passes, we will never again have the ability to stop the State Government from stripping away our rights without our consent.
Good-hearted people will vote for Issue 3 and Issue 2, hoping to stop the incarceration of marijuana offenders and also the monopoly guaranteed in Issue 2. But both laws are filled with poison pills. Please vote NO on both issues, and let's get a marijuana reform law on the ballot that simply helps our citizens, not the monied interests that wish to control our Government.
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