A new group has entered the SB5/Issue 2 campaign. The Alliance for America’s Future (AFF) started sending mailers this week that blame local budget shortfalls on greedy public employees instead of on Kasich’s huge cuts in local funding. I’ll warn you right now: we’ll never know specific details about who is funding them, but if you made a guess that it was the typical funding sources for anti-labor Republican causes, I’m sure you’d be pretty close.

The group was founded by Ohio Republican operative Barry Bennett who left his job as Jean Schmidt’s chief of staff last May to start the organization. According to Cincinnati.com:

Bennett previously handled communications for former Rep. Rob Portman’s special election to Congress in 1993, then oversaw Portman’s transition into office. He also worked as campaign director for Sen. Mike DeWine’s 1994 Senate race and served as chief of staff for former Rep. Frank Cremeans, who represented Ohio’s 6th District in Congress from 1995 to 1996.

The Nevada News Bureau also reports that “Bennet’s partner is Mary Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney.”

In 2010 AFF spent nearly 40% of their over-$700K campaign budget supporting Rob Portman’s successful bid for the Senate against Lee Fisher. And it looks like this year they are again targeting Ohio.

Here’s the mailer. Please try not to be swayed by the reasonable looking couple they borrowed from the stock photo company, or the completely unrelated headlines they stole from local newspapers…

 
  • buckeyekelly

    Too bad for them sweater vests are no longer “cool” in Ohio.

  • Anonymous

    Gee, they look kind of old for yuppies, but the sweater wrapped around her neck and his vest over his short-sleeved shirt and khakis that look like they were painted on with Krylon sure make them look like geeks.  The Rolex is a nice touch, though. I think I saw him in a police uniform once, wasn’t he a member of The Village People?

  • Natasha

    Ohio State, is pimping for Kasich and his agenda during football games now. 

    Yesterday during halftime we listened to the radio broadcast on “The Fan” (I think the Columbus Distort owns them too) assuming we’d hear about the first-half of OSU v Colorado football and perhaps other scores and comments from other games around the country.   After all it’s a “sports” program.

    Instead, we got Gordon Gee pimping Kasich and his agenda for 20 minutes.  It just oozed desperation and was offensive that the GOP would hijack the program with their shill Gordon Geek.  WTF!

    Gee is a notorious piece of shit when it comes to NCAA cheating; that’s his expertise and agenda.   He was the Chancellor at Brown University, for a short time, when they got whacked by the NCAA  for paying (buying) football recruits.  Geek belongs in the lengthy unemployment lines Kasich and crew want to populate with teachers, firefighters, cops, and public employees who dare be union (Along with his stooge Steppin-Fetchit G. Smith) Everywhere Geek  goes integrity and ethics suffer for the shameless pursuit of money from intercollegiate athletics.

    The nerve of know-nothing Gee’s  politicizing of a sports-talk program as the Unethical Moron In Charge of Athletic Cheating, Dishonesty and Misconduct at OSU is only another sign of how desperately dishonest the GOP really is about their class warfare and socially punitive agenda.  Tresell should have “dismissed”  Geek. 

    It’s football – entertainment – for Christ’s sake, not politics!
    Go Bucks and may the Force be with Luke!

  • Wait a minute.  “The group was founded by Ohio Republican operative Barry Bennett who left his job as Jean Schmidt’s chief of staff last May to start the organization.”

    Bennett is former chief of staff for Jean Schmidt?! Jean Schmidt, as in the ethics violator and one of the biggest players in a culture of corruption in politics? Jean Schmidt, as in the “birther”? Jean Schmidt, as in the Republican from Ohio that denied her ties to Tom Noe of “Coingate”? Jean Schmidt, as in the one who called a decorated Vietnam Veteran (John Murtha) a coward back in 2005? 

    Have these Teathuglicans no shame? VOTE NO on ISSUE 2!! Stop SB 5!

  • Adrienne

    Thanks nice to know that SB 5 has created jobs outside Ohio. Way to go. What, they couldn’t hire anyone to work for them here. 

    They lie; they are evil; they don’t work for us. They work for the people who robbed us and wrecked the economy. We aren’t broke; we were robbed by the Gang of Pirates and their masters. It continues today. Thanks for the information, Joseph.Vote no on Issue 2. 

  • Adrienne

    Thanks nice to know that SB 5 has created jobs outside Ohio. Way to go. What, they couldn’t hire anyone to work for them here. 

    They lie; they are evil; they don’t work for us. They work for the people who robbed us and wrecked the economy. We aren’t broke; we were robbed by the Gang of Pirates and their masters. It continues today. Thanks for the information, Joseph.Vote no on Issue 2. 

  • Anonymous

    Wonder if they used a union shop to print this crap?

    Is Barry Bennet any relation to Bob Bennett?

    The signature gathering for HB 194 is going really well – IMHO, it will be on the Nov, 2012, ballot.  This bill was meant to do things:  Decrease the ability of Democratic-leaning voters to vote against Issue 2, and also to do the same next year in the Presidential election.  Keep your fingers crossed that this piece-of-shit legislation does not happen.

  • Anonymous

    Do they have union print shops in China?

  • I’m sorry trying to pander to the over 50 group like this? Really I’m in that category and many people in that category of  people HAD union jobs and remember what it is like not to have them. They are pandering to the wrong demographics. Every person I know over 50 and retired even those on a limited income understand what this is about and are against SB5 issue 2. Oh maybe they think a picture of these generic retired seniors will change their minds? I think not.

  • We could use this absolute same add and just change the words. Voting NO on issue 2 will give our communities the ability to send a large message to Columbus and our Governor John Kasich. The message to stop underfunding  our communities and to stop sending our hard earned taxes on funding big businesses that do not need our money to stay in business and make large profits. Firefighters, police officers, nurses, and teachers are all hard working people that we support. Voting for issue 2 will insure that we have good hard working employees working in safe environments in these professions.
    Restore Fairness
    Respect taxpayers wishes
    Require accountability for big buisnesses
    The reason to reform this bill.

  • Annekarina

    yep…what she said.

  • Anonymous

    I heard we have the sigs and slightly over, which means we need 50-60,000 more. Hopefully a lot of folks are like me — I’ve got about 50 on petitions that are in my trunk and I had no time to get to the OFA office today.

  • Anonymous

    I heard we have the sigs and slightly over, which means we need 50-60,000 more. Hopefully a lot of folks are like me — I’ve got about 50 on petitions that are in my trunk and I had no time to get to the OFA office today.

  • Adrienne

    In this instance, Darth Vader’s daughter is not on the good guys side. 

    Evil in America is brought by the misled and the people who didn’t vote. 

    Vote no on issue 2. 

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    PITIFUL!    — the news clips have not a thing to do with the actual print.

    You know they should have to tell where the money comes from for these ads and who is behind it.

    They sure want to know where the vote no stuff comes from.

    I noticed it says pay 15% of healthcare — I pay 17.3% — I ought to get a rebate check for the extra 2.3% . 

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know, Carrie, the graphics are not really what I would call top floor.  I keep looking at the picture of the older folks and it looks a little amateurish to me.  I know something about the printing business and I can tell you that if we ever put out an image like this one, we would have to eat the job – the picture has been cut and pasted together, not very professionally, either.  This looks like something a 7th grader would put together using MS Paint the night before a project was due in class.  I think we have more competent and creative people on our side than Bennet and Cheney.  Kasich and the pirates are going to go down like a lead life jacket in November.  
     
    Vote NO on Issue 2!

  • I agree Spitfiremk1 the graphics are bottom line and I know I could come up with a better put together graphic then they have. You have to wonder how much they paid for it. Like I mean they have all these people contributing mucho $ to campaign for issue 2.Where are they spending it? I haven’t seen an add worth it yet.In fact take the one with Kasick in front of the bus. We keep laughing about it at work. We all say we keep watching it because we know one of these times that bus is going to start moving and run right over him.

  • Anonymous

    That would go viral! I hope you get a video of THAT!

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