Our old pal/C&L contributor Cliff Schecter lives in Ohio and he's launched a new group called Majority Ohio, aimed at educating people in this key swing state about the ongoing assaults on women's rights, guns being forced into ever more ridiculous places (like bars) and environmental pollution from assorted sources (remember last summer, when 500K Toledo-area residents didn't have drinking water?).
He's also formed a 501(c)4, which means he can go after the bad guys when they don't listen. (I'd say he's got his work cut out for him.) Via Plunderbund:
Majority Ohio, which includes ProgressOhio, the Buckeye State’s preeminent advocacy group, launched a new website and petition—www.MajorityOhio.com—asking Ohioans to sign up in support of getting answers to these questions. Majority Ohio is inviting each of the Presidential contenders to expand or explain the statements, according to an email to reporters Wednesday morning. In recent weeks, the group said, some candidates have suggested slashing funding for women’s health providers.
I talked to him yesterday, and he told me Ohioans, especially women and their families, are seeing reproductive health rights and their economic stability threatened. "A debate's the perfect place to ask these questions, because these decisions are made in back rooms, without voters and without debate," he said. And since this is a swing state, it's an important place to start.
Last night, they started by having a mobile billboard with the above image parked outside the debate site.
Majority Ohio is raising and spending some serious money (almost $500K in one month). "We have a big ad buy aimed at bringing people to our website," he told me. He said they plan to raise $10 million in this election cycle.
After last night's debate, I'd say this is even more urgent. Ohio Gov. John Kasich looked like one of the few grownups in the room, and it's important to have as many groups as possible to bring his state record to the attention of the national media.
So if you live in Ohio, go sign up.