Cuyahoga County's new government charter was unveiled last year. But there was no campaign-finance regulations of any kind.
"When I saw the reform measures quote unquote being 'promoted,' there was this giant missing hole in these supposedly comprehensive reforms — money in politics," says Greg Coleridge, director of the Northeast Ohio American Friends Society, whose group was responsible for helping cap contributions in Akron. "Several of us, having seen corruption and the power of corporations, started writing and e-mailing and asking questions. How this could be missing was sort of mind-boggling."
Their reward for speaking up: an additional group devoted to finance reform — and invitations to take part in it.