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Out-of-State Corporate Money Floods Ohio Battle Over Anti-Collective Bargaining Bill

Private interests silently support the legislation through corporate cash that promotes an agenda focused on weakening public-sector unions and privatizing state services.

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Gillis said Building a Better Ohio and Kasich's other allies do not enjoy the same kind of support. They use stock photos in their ads, he said, while We Are Ohio features the firefighters, teachers and nurses who have united to fight Senate Bill 5.

Kris Harsh, an organizer with the progressive group Stand Up For Ohio, has been organizing rallies and events promoting a repeal for months. Earlier this year, he helped organize a 1,000-person march on Kasich's house outside of Columbus.

"A lot of teachers came out, a lot of the students came out with signs saying 'I'm here, I'm marching to support my teachers,'" Hirsh said of the protest. "The most interesting thing about that march was that the police who cleared the road for us were thanking us along the way for doing that. They had to obviously keep the order ... but the police were more than happy to see us there."

Those campaigning for Senate Bill 5 have not revealed their donors or finances and never responded to requests for comment from Truthout. But the campaign to repeal Senate Bill 5 has been clear about who its supporters are: unions and everyday Ohioans who support their public teachers, cops, firefighters and workers. Regardless of the results of the November 8 vote on Issue 2, middle-class Ohioans and the state's labor movement will have gained true common ground, building much-needed solidarity to confront the battles to come. 

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