Elections panel hears Geauga case
is the title of an article that ran in The News Herald Friday, October 29, 2010.
It concerns a retaliatory action taken against me, by the Geauga County Board of Elections, spurred by Ed Ryder (alias Ed Slyder)
who is on the board and is also chairman (head R.I.N.O.) of the Geauga County Republican Party. I have the right of free speech to criticize politicians without having to worry about retaliatory actions from those who do not honor our Constitution. If that right is taken from ONE, it is taken from ALL.
This is a landmark First Amendment free speech case in which Ryder and the Board are trying to silence me for being critical of certain politicians on this site, Ryder being one of them.
More info about this is available by clicking this link: 1ST AMENDMENT UNDER ATTACK IN GEAUGA COUNTY
It seems that Ed Ryder isn't the only one in his family who slithers around. Ed's wife, Diane Ryder (Slyder), who is a reporter for The News Herald, was at that hearing in Columbus to hold Ed's hand and also there in her professional capacity as a reporter taking notes.
If you will notice in the The News Herald article posted below, Diane's name is not listed as the reporter who wrote the story....a reporter by the name of Max Reinhart is listed as the reporter.
That's funny, I didn't see Max in the room or anywhere, but I did see Diane and she was taking notes.
Why do you suppose her name was not on the article? Because it is totally biased, unethical, and a conflict of interest for her to do so, seeing as she is married to Ed, otherwise why would Diane be so sneaky and afraid to put her name on it seeing as she was the one doing the reporting. She had Max Reinhart put his name on her story because she knew it was unethical and a conflict of interest. Not being present, Max couldn't possibly have gotten the essence of what was going on at that hearing.
Other people in the news business told me this was unethical also.
I have to say, this does not speak well of The News Herald's ethics either, for allowing this, but everyone knows they are known as the mini Plain (Deciever) Dealer. They should have sent Max.
If you see these two around Geauga County....BE CAREFULL!
Published: Friday, October 29, 2010
The Ohio Elections Commission wants to hear more information before it decides if the Geauga Constitutional Council qualifies as a Political Action Committee.
The OEC held a hearing Thursday to hear arguments from the Geauga County Elections Board and Ed Corsi, who maintains a website under the Geauga Constitutional Council moniker.
The Elections Board filed a complaint in April that Corsi and the GCC violated Ohio campaign finance laws by not filing a statement of contributions and expenditures, which is required by any and all PACs.
"Basically, we've asked (the GCC) to do the same thing everyone else has to do under the law to create the transparency we talk about under election funding," Geauga County Elections Board member Ed Ryder said in a May interview.
The OEC defines a PAC as "a combination of two or more persons, the primary or incidental purpose of which is to support or oppose any candidate, political party or issues, or to influence the result of any election and that is neither a political party nor a campaign committee."
Corsi argues the GCC does not fit the "two or more person" portion of the definition.
"In essence, (Corsi's legal counsel) is asserting that Mr. Corsi is acting alone and independently and acting in that matter he does not need to file as a PAC," OEC Executive Director Philip C. Richter said.
The elections board disagrees.
"The Elections Board says (Corsi) has made references to multiple persons' involvement in some manner and has held events which would qualify as a PAC," Richter said.
At Thursday's hearing, the Commission unanimously voted for a full and complete hearing of the case, which could have ramifications across the state in more specifically defining what constitutes a PAC.
"This is a very serious issue which could set precedent for the future," said Commission Member Larry Wolpert.
Should the committee rule in favor of Corsi, he will be allowed to continue his work as long as he acts as an individual.
If the Elections Board should prevail, the Commission could send the case to a prosecutor, although Richter said that is unlikely.
Corsi could face daily fines of $100 to $500 if the GCC is determined to be a PAC and does not file as such.
A date for the next hearing has not been scheduled.