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Strange bedfellows in Cincinnati PD lawsuit

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Cincinnati Police Officers Keith Fangman and Paul Graves Jr. filed a class-action lawsuit challenging city rules they say prevented them from supporting their chosen presidential candidates.

The city’s charter and personnel policies originally prohibited employees from donating to Ohio candidates at the federal, state and local levels and from distributing political literature. In response to the officers’ lawsuit, the city dropped the donation provision, but continued to forbid volunteer political activities.

Cincinnati solicitor John Curp told the Associated Press, “We believe that the current policy is consistent with all state and federal constitutional requirements where they may limit public employees’ participation in political campaigns.”

For the record, the officers said their lawsuit was a bipartisan effort. One supported the Obama/Biden ticket, the other backed McCain/Palin. Apparently the lawsuit is the only thing the two agree about. 

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