Ohio District Judge Timothy Black ruled today that Rep. Steve Driehaus, D-Ohio, can move forward with his challenge against a pro-life group over billboard ads.
The Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) came under fire for its ad campaign, which called out Driehaus, who purports to be pro-life, but voted for President Obama’s health care law. The law will usher in the largest publicly funded expansion of abortion since Roe v. Wade.
After learning about the billboard, Driehaus filed a complaint with the Ohio Election Commission (OEC) on Oct. 6, alleging SBA List violated two election laws with its billboards that show his picture and read, “Shame on Steve Driehaus! Driehaus voted FOR taxpayer-funded abortion.”
Driehaus plans to depose several members of the SBA List, including its president, Marjorie Dannenfelser, and has requested thousands of documents and e-mails that discuss the billboards.
Should the Election Commission deem the billboards legal on Oct. 28, the billboards – which have yet to go up – would likely not be up long enough to effectively communicate SBA List’s message.
Dannenfelser said that hardball politics is on display.
“The strategy is to tie up all of our time and money,” Dannenfelser said, “in the weeks leading up to the election.”
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Read the Ohio Election Commission ruling.
Read The Hill’s article, “Almost Half of Likely Voters View Health Reform Unfavorably.”
Read The Hill’s article, “POLL: Dislike of Healthcare Law Crosses Party Lines, 1 in 4 Dems Want Repeal.”