Voters Deserve Better Than Dark-Money Candidates

(Aug. 1, 2018) “It’s ironic that Jim Trakas, who has already received more than $100,000 from the dark-money group Growth and Opportunity, is complaining about a rival super PAC trying to hurt his reputation. Voters in House District 6 deserve better than the same revolving-door network of politicians who work for lobbyists and special interests rather than the people they were elected to serve.

Until Mr. Trakas and his party fully acknowledge how destructive the Citizens United ruling was – an understanding that myself and other Democrats have had for years – it is hypocritical for him to complain about its outcome, especially when he benefited from it in the primaries.

With millions in dark money pouring into Republicans’ campaigns, the culture of corruption in Columbus is sure to continue if we don’t fix it. Voters in HD6 have a choice this November between the current status quo of pay-to-play politics or a new generation of leadership in the Ohio Statehouse.”

Statement in response to Republican lawsuits and infighting over dark-money PACs.