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Ohio GOP Takes Big Money from Teachers' Unions

Linda Harvey

As Ohioans consider candidates during this election year, let’s think about our values and who we will support.

For instance, most of us are well aware by now of the pro-abortion, far left, pro-Democrat, pro-LGBTQ, pro-DEI actions of America’s teachers’ unions: the National Education Association (NEA) and American Federation of Teachers (AFT). Their huge coffers fund issues and candidates who proudly oppose biblical values.

No Christian should support, by actions or dollars, any of the big teachers’ unions. We lost Issue 1 last November in Ohio and one reason is that we were outspent. The NEA and OEA together donated nearly $2 million to convince Ohioans to defeat the August voting threshold issue and then to pass November’s Issue 1-- in other words, ensuring that Ohio now has legal abortion on demand, with no limits on late -term destruction of unborn human life.

These are really hard-hearted people. To take that position against your future students and generously fund it, you have to be deeply corrupted.

I have reported on the NEA annual meetings in detail over the years, revealing what policy positions they adopt. The union is largely successful in rolling out a campaign of harmful Marxist indoctrination in our schools, except for the positive obstacle of some parent groups and organizations (like ours) pushing back.

If you want to read more, prepare to be shocked. Go HERE to the search results on our web site.

In Ohio, the teachers’ unions are the Ohio Education Association (OEA) and the Ohio Federation of Teachers. We know that these groups heavily donate to Democrats. On a side note, I was once briefly a member of the OEA as a young teacher after my building principal strong-armed me into joining. Thank goodness, my membership ended in the 1970s.

I decided to check out whether any Ohio Republicans accept teacher union donations.

It turns out, some do. This is alarming when we realize that teacher union influence is wrecking our schools as well as our culture. A growing group of Republicans want the Ohio GOP to take an official stance against endorsing any candidate who accepts teacher union funds. Go HERE for details.

Below are the results of our search for recent Ohio Republican lawmakers accepting union funds in the past few years from the website, Open Secrets.

From OHIO EDUCATION ASSOCIATION -- Here the Ohio politicians taking the most in donations from teachers’ unions, and we list each individual donation (check):

Cindy Abrams-- $500 in 2023; $2500 and $500 in 2022; $500 in 2021; $2500 and $500 in 2020

Louis Blessing III-- $1000 in 2023; $1000 in 2022; $2000, $1000 and $500 in 2021; $9500 and $500 in 2020; $1000, $1000 and $500 in 2019

Rick Carfagna Campaign Committee--- $1000, $1000 and $500 in 2021

Rick Carfagna-- $9500, $8000 and $5000 in 2020; $500 in 2019; $5000 in 2018

Friends of Jon Cross Committee--$3000, $1000, $750, and $250 in 2023

Jon Cross --$500 in 2022; $500, $250, $500 and $500 in 2021; $3000 in 2020

Jay Edwards Campaign Committee--$5400, $5000, $3000, and $2000 in 2023

Jay Edwards-- $2500 and $1000 in 2022; $1000, $500 and $250 in 2021; $8000, $5000, and $3042 in 2020; $5000, $2500 and $250 in 2019

Theresa Gavarone Campaign Committee-- $2500, $500, $500 and $500 in 2021 

Theresa Gavarone-- $8292, $5000, $5000 and $3000 in 2020; $1000, $1500, $1000, $1000 and $500 in 2019

Haraz Ghanbari --$4500, $2500 and $500 in 2022; $3000 in 2020; $250 in 2019

Committee to Elect Brett Hillyer--$1000 in 2023; $500 in 2022

Brett Hillyer-- $1000, $500 in 2022; $500 in 2021; $5000 in 2020; $250 in 2019

Larry Householder-- $5000 and $792 in 2020; $5000, $5000 and $2500 in 2019

Don Jones--  $2500 and $5000 in 2022; $750 and $500 in 2021; $10,000 and $3000 in 2020; $1000, $500, $500 in 2019

Susan Manchester-- $4500 and $1000 in 2022; $500 in 2021; $500 in 2020; $250 in 2019

Gayle Manning--- $1000 in 2023; $2000, $8000, $6750, $5000 and $450 in 2022; $2000, $1000, $1000 and $500 in 2021; $8000, $12,292 and $5000 in 2020; $1000 in 2019

Nathan Manning-- $1000 in 2023; $8000, $6200, $5000, $1000, and $500 in 2022; $1000. $500 and $500 in 2021; $2000 in 2020; $1000 and $1000 in 2019

Scott Oelslager -- $3000 and $2000 in 2023; $5700 and $5000 in 2022; $7500 and $500 in 2021; $5000 and $5000 in 2020; $5000 and $2500 in 2019; $5000 in 2008

Thomas Patton-- $10,700, $5000, $2500 and $1000 in 2022; $1000 and $1000 in 2021; $8500, $8000, $5000 in 2020; $1000 and $500 in 2019

Kirk Schuring-- $2000 in 2023; $9200 and $2500 in 2022; $500 in 2021, $3000 in 2020; $1000 in 2019

William Seitz-- $2000 in 2023; $4700, $3000 and $1000 in 2022; $7500 and $500 in 2021; $8292, $7500 and $500 in 2020; $2500, $1000, $650, $600 and $250 in 2019

Jason Stephens-- $7500, $5400, $2500 in 2023; $5000, $2500 and $500 in 2022; $250 and $250  in 2021

From other sources:

DeWine- Husted Inaugural Committee-- $5000 in 2022

Also, OEA donated to “One Person One Vote” (the August and November Issue 1 campaigns in 2023)-- $1 million, $120,000, $8060, $5729, $10,000, and $15,769

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From NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION-- Donation to Issue 1:

$120,00 to “One Person One Vote” in Ohio in 2023-- and then 2 donations of $500,000 each. (Note: These may be pass-through payments reflected in the OEA donations above)

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From OHIO FEDERATION OF TEACHERS-- Gives little to Republicans, with a few exceptions:

Louis Blessing -- $1000 in 2016

Jay Edwards Campaign Committee -- $1000 in 2023

Gayle Manning-- $1000 in 2022: $1000 and $300 in 2021; $500 in 2019; $1000 in 2018; $500 in 2015

Nathan Manning  --  $500 in 2022; $300 in 2021; $400 in 2019; $1000 and $500 in 2018; $750 in 2017; $1000 in 2016; $500 in 2015

Scott Oelslager-- $1000 in 2015

Thomas Patton-- $600 in 2021; $600 in 2019; $600 in 2018;  $1100 in 2015; $600 in 2014

Kirk Schuring -- $250 in 2019; $500 in 2017; $1000 in 2016

William Seitz --$2500 in 2012