California men’s billions on hot seat in Ohio election

October 25, 2017

FILE – In this June 22, 2017, file photo, Henry Nicholas, for whose murdered younger sister Marsy's Law is named, speaks outside the Ohio Secretary of State's office in Columbus, Ohio. Nicholas is the billionaire technology executive from California behind one of the two ballot issues in Ohio's Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, general election, the crime victims' rights measure labeled Issue 1. (AP Photo/Julie Carr Smyth, File)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Two wealthy Californians are behind separate fall ballot issues in Ohio.

Henry Nicholas is the billionaire businessman behind Issue 1, Marsy’s Law. It’s a crime victims’ rights measure named for his murdered sister.

Michael Weinstein is president of the $1.2 billion AIDS Healthcare Foundation behind Issue 2, a drug-pricing measure.

While Nicholas is lauded for his philanthropy, Weinstein has been up against a barrage of negative ads.

Experts say personifying a campaign is effective with voters when a proposal is complicated.

Issue 1 would require that crime victims and their families are notified of all court proceedings, allowed to tell their stories and given input on plea deals.

The Drug Price Relief Act requires Ohio to pay no more for prescription drugs than the Veterans Administration, which gets deep discounts.


This story has been corrected to show Weinstein’s title is president, not CEO.

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