For Immediate Release: Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Akron, OH – The Ohio Citizens PAC filed a complaint with the Ohio Elections citizenspacCommission concerning the mailers produced and sent out by the Ohio Republican Party claiming that endorsed Republican State Central Committee candidates can”Vote Republicans Stainbrook and Gallagher to Stop Obamacare.”  A statement that the Ohio Citizens PAC says is patently false and is intended to mislead voters.  Multiple versions of the mailer were sent out around the state with the names of endorsed State Central Committee candidates changed to match the district.

Tom Zawistowski, President of the Ohio Citizens PAC, said “This type of unethical behavior by the ORP Chairman Matt Borges and others within the Ohio Republican Party has got to stop.  The statements on these mailers are clearly an intentional attempt to mislead voters by making a false claim of some legislative authority being held by Republican State Central Committee members which simply does not exist.  Not only are their actions unethical, they are insulting to the educated Republican Party base who will vote in Tuesday’s primary election.  We are asking the Ohio Elections Commission to hold a hearing on this issue before the election and to force the Ohio Republican Party to take action to inform voters of the truth.”

Zawistowski concluded by saying, “Unfortunately, this incident is part of a pattern of unethical behavior that resonates from the ORP Chairman right through to the local level.  The people on our website at www.OhioCitizensPAC.org are running for two simple reasons.  First, they have all pledged to vote, if elected, for the Ohio Republican Party to adopt the National Republican Party Platform, because the ORP currently has no platform of its own.  Second, to hold Republican elected officials accountable to the values and principles within the National Republican Party platform, which is why the ORP currently does not have a platform because they do not want Republican elected officials to be held accountable to anything.  Sending out this flyer shows the desperation of the ORP leadership to keep control of the State Central Committee and that they will do anything to keep their power – including lying to voters.  We are hopeful that primary voters will see the truth and vote in our candidates to restore the Ohio Republican Party to Republican values and principles.”