Ohio Purging Practices Open the Door to Outside Groups’ Misinformation
COLUMBUS — The Ohio Democratic Party is calling on Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose — who has warned against spreading election misinformation — to condemn a conservative dark-money group for its misleading “voter registration confirmation” mailer that, despite its official-looking design, is actually a solicitation for donations.
“It’s disturbing that an outside group is taking advantage of the legitimate fear, built up after years of voter purging, that eligible Ohio voters could be disenfranchised if they don’t respond to this group’s fundraising appeal,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “As he has committed to call out election disinformation, we hope Secretary of State Frank LaRose will denounce this misleading mailer, which comes from a right-wing group that can take unlimited contributions without disclosing their donors. This type of mailer also risks that voters will ignore valid informational mailers from the Secretary of State and other election offices about their registration status and other aspects of voting.”
Ralph Reed’s Faith and Freedom Coalition, a 501(c)(4) “social welfare organization,” is the source of the mailer: