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Space: Foreign Companies and Special Interests Should Never Trump the Voices of Individual Ohioans

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Location: Washington, DC

Continuing his efforts to promote increased transparency in our electoral system and ensure that the voices of ordinary Americans are not drowned out by foreign corporations and wealthy special interests, U.S. Rep. Zack Space today supported the DISCLOSE Act, the toughest campaign finance reform law since McCain-Feingold.

The DISCLOSE Act became necessary after the activist, fringe group Citizens United secured a ruling from the United States Supreme Court allowing corporations -- including those owned by foreign entities like BP -- to spend an unlimited amount of money to sway American elections.

"I came to Congress on a mission to provide increased transparency and honest government for our neighbors in Appalachia, not to give foreign-owned corporations more of a say than Ohioans" Space said. "No amount of money or power should be able to buy an election and steal it away from the American people."

"Pure and simple, this bill is about ensuring that special interests and lobbyists never hold more power over our elections than Ohioans do," Space continued. "This legislation ensures that the interests of our neighbors in Appalachia are not pushed to the margins and drowned out by the wealthy special interests and foreign-owned corporations."

The DISCLOSE Act, which passed the House earlier this afternoon, provides unprecedented transparency and disclosure of political expenditures by powerful special interests, by ensuring that the American people know who is spending money on our elections. The legislation is the most far-reaching campaign finance reform law since McCain-Feingold and does more to strengthen transparency than any measure in recent history.

Congressman Space has represented Ohio's 18th Congressional District since 2007. He has been working to restore integrity to the office, and to create the conditions to bring new industry and jobs to Ohio. Recently, Congressman Space launched FIGHTING TO RENEW OHIO, the second phase of his plan to provide long-term economic growth in Ohio's 18th Congressional District.

More information on FIGHTING TO RENEW OHIO is available at http://space.house.gov/RENEW.


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