Unfortunately, last year's Citizens United decision by the U.S. Supreme Court opened the floodgates for campaign spending. The amount being expended during this election cycle borders on the obscene. Imagine what it would have been like if we lived in one of the battleground states, like Ohio.
Nevertheless, we have our own examples of excessive campaign spending to promote a particular politician, or even worse, to denigrate the qualifications of their opponent and to misrepresent their positions. My case in point is the State Senate race being conducted by Bill Weber against Al Oberloh. Over the past few weeks, I have received several slickly produced fliers attempting to sell us on Bill Weber, mostly by running down the candidacy of Oberloh. Though I trashed the first few "slanderous" fliers, I decided to start saving them to see how bad it would continue to get. I received another one yesterday to add to my collection. It appears as though most of them have been funded and produced by the Freedom Club PAC, whoever they are; the State Republican Party has also contributed its share.
While I in no way want to accuse Bill Weber of orchestrating this questionable campaign, I can't help but wonder who he would be beholden to if elected. As my grandfather used to say, I'm afraid Weber had been "bought and paid for." We truly do need independent voices in the legislature who are willing to compromise to get things done. You can make up your own mind as to who can best represent our area without marching to the orders of the benefactors who have financed their campaign.