Statewide News
5:10 pm
Thu October 27, 2011

Millions Spent On Ohio's Union-Limiting Law

The union-backed group pushing for the repeal of Ohio's new collective bargaining law has spent more than $17.3 million in the fight and has another $4.3 million on hand heading into the Nov. 8 election.

Campaign finance reports filed Thursday show We Are Ohio has raised a $19 million from July to mid-October. The coalition wants to overturn the law, which bans strikes by public worker and restricts their collective bargaining rights.

A group defending the law reported raising $7.6 million for the period and spending almost $6 million through its political action committee. Building a Better Ohio's nonprofit also released names of its donors, but not the amounts they gave.

Insiders have predicted the ballot fight could cost more than the $33 million spent in last year's governor's race.