Ohio Democrats Call on Mike DeWine to Donate Gun Lobby Money
June 2, 2022
For Immediate Release:
Thursday, June 2, 2022
Columbus, OH — Today, Ohio Democratic Party Chair Elizabeth Walters called on Mike DeWine to donate the money he received from the gun lobby. DeWine has taken more money from the gun lobby than any other Ohio-based politician since 2010. After a mass shooting in Dayton in 2019, DeWine promised to ‘do something’ to keep Ohioans safe from gun violence. Instead, he’s caved to his buddies in the gun lobby and signed several bills that would put Ohioans at greater risk of gun violence, including bills opposed by Ohio law enforcement.
This is not the first time DeWine faced issues with campaign donations. In fact, he was forced to donate contributions linked to FirstEnergy and the largest public corruption scandal in state history. Ohio Democrats are calling on DeWine to finally put the needs of his constituents – rather than the gun lobby – first and return the campaign donations he’s taken.
“DeWine can send a clear message to Ohioans right now by donating all of the money he’s taken from the gun lobby. The thousands of dollars in campaign cash is not worth the lives of Ohioans lost to gun violence. DeWine should donate this money, and more importantly, stop doing the gun lobby’s bidding in Columbus,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chair Elizabeth Walters.