Nelson cited polls saying that 88 percent of small business owners oppose Citizens United. The National Conference of Mayors passed a resolution in 2012, with the hope that communities across the country would follow suit. The nearest community to Butler County that has done so is Dayton, which passed such a measure earlier this year. Other Ohio communities include Akron, Athens, Oberlin, Barberton, Fremont, Lakewood, South Euclid and Canton.
Matt Ziegman, a Miami University student, wondered that if voting is important, why young people never seem to do it. When he was registering voters, one student said she would vote but that her vote wouldn’t make a difference “because elections are no longer a way for people to democratically and fairly choose a leader, because the political process has been bought out or taken captive by big business.”
Snyder acknowledged the resolution was unusual but said, “I feel strongly about this … this is at the root of what happens in a democracy.”
Council unanimously passed the resolution.