Political Speech for Limited Government

Progress Ohio v. JobsOhio is a case in which the 1851 Center has filed a “friend of the court” brief to the Ohio Supreme Court, asserting that Progress Ohio has taxpayer and “public interest” standing to challenge the constitutionality of Governor Kasich’s JobsOhio legislation.

Corsi v. Ohio Elections Commission challenges free speech restrictions against political bloggers and grass roots activists. Ed Corsi, a political blogger and pamphleteer, distributed materials critical of his local elected officials. One of those same officials sought prosecution of Mr. Corsi.

Shaker Heights Taxpayers Union v. City of Shaker Heights successfully defeated a frivolous trademark lawsuit levied at a local taxpayer group. The threat had come in retaliation for the citizens’ opposition to the city’s attempt to increase income taxes.

Young Americans for Liberty v. University of Cincinnati successfully challenged free speech restrictions on college students. After being named the #1 worst college for free speech in the nation, the 1851 Center remedied the university’s dishonorable award.

Slingluff v. Andover Township protected the right to commemorate the constitution on public property. The ruling is a victory for Andover Township residents who were previously blocked by township officials from celebrating Constitution Day with a rally at a public park.

Ohio Liberty Council v. Brunner won the right to circulate petitions for the Ohio Health Care Freedom Amendment. The Ballot Board, chaired by Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, had rejected a proposed health care freedom constitutional amendment.

COAST v. Cincinnati protected the right to circulate initiative petitions. The City of Cincinnati was harassing, blocking, and threatening to arrest citizens circulating an initiative petition on public property. After the Center filed a complaint, the City entered into a settlement requiring them to allow petitioners to gather signatures.

SpeechNow.org v. FEC challenged restrictions on political speech. The Federal Elections Commission viewed the non-profit, SpeechNow.org, much like a political action committee (PAC). The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals provided SpeechNow.org with a precedent-setting victory.

Ohio Liberty Council v. Brunner won the right to circulate petitions for the Ohio Health Care Freedom Amendment. The Ballot Board, chaired by Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, had rejected a proposed health care freedom constitutional amendment.