Friday, August 12, 2011

Who is "We Are Ohio"?

“We Are Ohio” is an allegedly moderate group formed expressly to kill Senate Bill 5. According to the marketing message on their website,

We Are Ohio is a citizen-driven, community-based, bipartisan coalition that has come together to repeal SB 5, the unfair attack on employee rights and worker safety. We Are Ohio includes public and private sector workers and employees, police officers, firefighters, teachers, nurses, pastors, small business owners, Republicans and Democrats, local elected officials and business leaders, students, Moms, Dads, family members, and your neighbors.

Here’s the truth; hat tip to GOHP Blog, who originally covered We Are Ohio‘s report to the Secretary of State in July:

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If it’s not immediately clear why reality (see source workbook) is devastating to the We Are Ohio campaign, refer back to the group’s name! Their populist banner exists to hide the fact that opposition to union reform is driven by the unions – predominantly from D.C. If We Are Ohio is not “a citizen-driven, community-based, bipartisan coalition,” nothing else they say carries much weight… and not merely because they’ve been proven liars right out of the chute.

Senate Bill 5 restores power to Ohio taxpayers at the expense of union bosses who get rich increasing the cost of government. Think We Are Ohio is about “safety,” “worker rights,” or “The Middle Class?” Think again.

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Cross-posted from that hero.


  1. Thanks for the transparency. Ohio needs to know what the opponents of SB5 are really interested in ... themselves!

  2. The more often we uncover the golden seams the better our democracy will be.

    right now it is clear that we are being hammered by our own money. Look at the unions who are funding this little bit of astro turf. They are mainly gummint employee unions.

    so yes, the union thugs are desperate to keep their rice bowls full. But so are the Democrat politicians. Without the lasvish support of the unions they cannot engage in the kind of smears and lies that have become thier hallmark.

    but again, these are stupid parasites. They will gladly kill the host (us taxpayers) if it means one more day of life on easy street.

    If we cannot defeat these thugs via the ballot box, because of efforts like "we are Ohio", the only other choice, it seems to me, is R&R. Revolt and repudiate.

    I used to follow Greg Sargent's blog on the WaPo. A worse partisan hack than Sargent can scarcely be imagined.

    during the early days of the WI struggle Mr Sargent made an entry touting the fact that a "watchdog group" was calling for an investigation of Scott Walker. It took me, oh, five minutes, to discover that this "watchdog group" was funded entirely by unions.

    Lets hope that the unions pour additional millions into Ohio in a vain attempt at buying an election. Let us hope that, as in DC, this is money the union wastes.

    Oh and Modern, I will amend my remarks concerning the loss the unions suffered in WI. The tried to recall SIX senators, not five. So they went two for six and spent more than 30 million. Only a fool (that would be you) would try to put lipstick on that pig.

  3. I can't wait for you to do a similar piece on who's funding Building a Better Ohio... oh, that's right, you can't because they're using campaign finance law tricks to avoid having to to disclose their donors.

    At least We Are Ohio isn't hiding this publicly available information. Hypocrites

  4. Hey Jason, who is funding Building a Better Ohio? I'm sure it's just everyday citizens like you and me... That's how they got their $20 million. You are a freaking loon.

  5. Thanks, Modern and anonymous lefty, for letting readers know that you have no defense for We Are Ohio, and thus will immediately change the subject when the curtain is lifted.

    We Are Ohio is a union front group, and not the "citizen-driven" "bipartisan" band of freedom fighters they claim to be. This fact is laid bare by the group's funding.

    As always, I appreciate the shallow heckling that apparently passes for discussion at Plunderbund!

  6. The difference: I do not believe that Building a Better Ohio has claimed to be anything other than what it is.

    Unions feel the necessity to lie regularly because the truth hurts them.

  7. Maybe all the individuals choose to donate through their unions? i kow the firefighters in Ohio voted to contribute 100.00 per person to stop the madness from the governors office.

    Why is that wrong?


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