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Ohio Lawmakers Propose Bill to Challenge Supreme Court Decision on Election Spending

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State Sen. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood)

Two Democratic state lawmakers say there’s too much untraceable money in political campaigns, so they want Ohio to do more to fight a U.S. Supreme Court decision on corporate spending on elections. 

State Sen. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) doesn't think corporations are people and money is free speech, as in the 2010 Citizens United decision. Antonio plans a bill that would force a court challenge to that, much like Republican lawmakers did when they passed the so-called Heartbeat Bill to take on the 1973 ruling on abortion in Roe v Wade.

“We do oppose bills like the 6 week ban based on the fact that it’s unconstitutional. There’s going to be a court case and all of that. I would welcome a court case that would really challenge whether corporations are people or not.”

And for the second time, Antonio and State Rep. Michael Skindell (D-Lakewood) have introduced resolutions to push Congress to ban so-called corporate personhood with a constitutional amendment.