Wednesday, November 2, 2011
COAST Demands Constitutional Right to Lie
COAST today filed a suit in federal court in Cincinnati seeking to overturn Ohio's law against false statements in issue campaigns.
Last week, Cincinnatians for Progress filed charges with the Ohio Elections Commission citing COAST's use of known false statements in its campaign to pass Issue 48, a wide-ranging rail ban in Cincinnati until 2021.
Instead of simply appearing at the commission to defend its behavior, COAST is asking the federal court to issue an injunction against a hearing.
COAST claims Ohio Revised Statute 3517.22 violates constitutional free-speech protection. The statute makes it a crime -- punishable by prison and fines – to “Post, publish, circulate, distribute, or otherwise disseminate, a false statement, either knowing the same to be false or acting with reckless disregard of whether it was false or not, that is designed to promote the adoption or defeat of any ballot proposition or issue.”
Cincinnatians for Progress stands behind Ohio's exemplary standards for fair, honest elections. We believe Cincinnati voters do too, and will not be swayed by this desperate ploy to waste time and taxpayers' money on promoting COAST's deceptive agenda.
Co-chairs, Cincinnatians for Progress
Paid for by Cincinnatians for Progress, Bobby Maly, Treasurer, 2170 Gilbert Ave., Cincinnati OH 45206
posted by Cincinnatians For Progress at 3:30 PM
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