For Immediate Release:
June 16, 2003
Catherine Turcer (614) 263-4111
Virtually all hold fundraisers on session days
One hundred-four (104) fundraisers were held on session days, four on committee hearing days, and only one on a non-workday for the legislature since the beginning of the 125th General Assembly, according to a study released today by Ohio Citizen Action. Since session began, legislators have been struggling with an unwieldy budget and a number of controversial issues including tort reform, video slot machines and concealed weapons.
"Session days should be devoted to thoughtful law-making, rather than parties," said Catherine Turcer, Ohio Citizen Action's Legislative Director. "Fundraisers can provide more than a distraction from work, they can also influence the legislative process. These events give access to those with a pocket book."
Many of the fundraisers were publicly announced. Ohio Citizen Action documented as many fundraisers as possible but it is likely that this survey was unable to collect all activity.
"Contribution information will not be available until January 30, 2004," said Turcer. "The public shouldn't be in the dark during off-election years."
Our legislators' favorite spot for fundraisers was Victory's on South High Street in Columbus.
Ohio Citizen Action is the state's largest environmental organization, with 100,000 dues-paying members. Non-profit and non-partisan, Ohio Citizen Action was founded in 1975.