As Ohio's SB5 (collective bargaining reform) goes to a vote on November 8th, pressure is being ramped up in the final week and a half. According to the Columbus Dispatch, unions and their fellow reform opponents have bankrolled the We Are Ohio anti-SB5 campaign to the tune of $19,048,680, dwarfing the pro-reform Building A Better Ohio's $7.6 million.
Democrats and their union cronies have dominated Ohio for decades and the collective bargaining reforms signed into law earlier this year pose a very real threat to their continued base of power. As a result, the Democrats did something incredibly arrogant on Thursday afternoon when the official Twitter account for the Ohio Democratic Party released the names of several businesses that have contributed to SB5, then told their 4,000 followers to "contact them."
Although the Ohio Democrats promised to tweet the names of the businesses and outside organizations "bankrolling unfair attacks on Ohio's middle class," they only listed three businesses before removing all four tweets.
Apparently, someone must have realized that it might be a bad idea for the official account of the Ohio Democratic Party to target individual businesses—especially in a state like Ohio that can ill afford to have any more businesses leave.
In the tweets that were posted, however, the links the Ohio Democrats provided took their followers to the companies' contact page. One of the other links, though, took the followers to the targeted company's contact page that listed the direct lines and e-mails of the company's management.
As there are conflicting reports about the tightness of the polls heading into November, including a leaked memo indicating that Issue 2 [which is the SB5 measure on the ballot] may be a dead heat, unions and their Democrat counterparts are likely going to increase the pressure even more.
At the end of the day, though, with the exception of the beaches and the weather, it appears there is very little difference between California and Ohio—the unions in both states appear to want to bury taxpayers in debt, while their respective Democratic Parties want to chase the employers that employ the taxpayers away.
“I bring reason to your ears, and, in language as plain as ABC, hold up truth to your eyes.” Thomas Paine, December 23, 1776