Main donor to fracking campaign is from Cleveland PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 26 October 2013 08:33
More than half of the financial support for the proposed amendment to Bowling Green's charter has come from one out-of-town donor involved in a similar effort near Cleveland.
Pre-election finance reports made available Friday morning by the Wood County Board of Elections show that $700 of the $1,281.70 in reported contributions came from Leticia and John O'Dell of Broadview Heights, where a similar charter amendment was affirmed by voters last year. The report was filed on behalf of the Freshwater Accountability Project with an address in Grand Rapids.
Leticia "Tish" O'Dell has appeared before city council in support of instituting a Community Bill of Rights here, and has spoken as part of the Protect BG group's "Expert Series" aimed at promoting its passage.
O'Dell helped found Mothers Against Drilling In Our Neighborhoods in Broadview Heights to petition for and support a charter amendment in her hometown.
That initiative was approved by voters, and the language in the Broadview Heights amendment closely resembles that submitted as a proposed amendment in Bowling Green.
Bowling Green donors to the Freshwater Accountability Project include Jennifer Karches and Blaine Todd Childers, $200; Neocles and Vassiliki Leontis, $200; and Donald Smith, $100.
Monetary contributions toward the group opposing the amendment's passage, BGCDF PAC, totaled $924.43. Donors included Ohio Realtors PAC, $524.43; Craft Investments, Bowling Green, $100; and Bowling Green residents William Culbertson, Ben Otley and James Gordon, $100 each.
BGCDF PAC also reported "in-kind" donations of printing and postage from City Attorney Michael Marsh, $2,667.06; and Mayor Richard Edwards, $100.
Pre-election reports are only required by organizations supporting candidates and issues which have received $1,000 or more in contributions, while post-election reports are more detailed and required by all groups. Pre-election reports cover expenses and contributions up until 20 days before an election, in this case Oct. 16.

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