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Subject City Council President Martin Sweeney to an Independent Ethics Investigation
  • Petitioned Mayor Frank Jackson

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Mayor Frank Jackson

Subject City Council President Martin Sweeney to an Independent Ethics Investigation

    1. Angie Schmitt
    2. Petition by

      Angie Schmitt

      Cleveland, OH

Information recently aired from an FBI wiretap raises serious ethical, if not legal, questions about the leadership of City Council President Martin Sweeney.

The tapes recorded conversations of Michael Forlani, a crooked contractor who is pleading guilty to bribing public officials, revealing plans to have Sweeney negotiate City Council support for an unspecified business activity in exchange for $20,000 in donations to a campaign fund controlled by the council president. Although the other party in the conversation said there is nothing illegal about making campaign donations, no donations to the fund from either of the men were recorded that year and the tape mentions the need to use "intermediaries."

"Money cures a lot of evils," they say.

Forlani also did home repairs at Sweeney's house many years prior that the council president has never been able to prove were undertaken legally and ethically.

In light of these facts, we ask that City Council undertake an independent ethics investigation of the situation and that Sweeney be barred from voting on public contracts until he is cleared of any wrongdoing by a body representing the interests of the public.

After all this region has been through, we need to protect the integrity of our public institutions.

More information here: http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2013/01/cleveland_city_council_preside_1.html

Mayor Frank Jackson
Subject City Council President Martin Sweeney to an Independent Ethics Investigation

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Recent signatures


    1. Reached 50 signatures
    2. Wording Changes

      Angie Schmitt
      Petition Organizer

      Hey everyone,
      In response to some public feedback we've received, we altered the wording of the petition pretty significantly. We actually changed the ask to calling for an independent review rather than calling on Sweeney to step down, although we still ask that he not vote on public contracts until he is vindicated, so it would accomplish the same thing but the emphasis is altered.

      This petition was just created by a regular old concerned Clevelander, not someone with professional expertise in the petition writing arena, and maybe I misjudged the importance of wording in a matter as sensitive as this one. Anyway, we appreciate you helping us spread the word and hope the changes make everyone happy.

    3. Reached 25 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Kimberly Fain CLEVELAND, OH
      • 5 months ago

      Most city officials did unethical services but individuals are not speaking up or is being compensated not to say anything.

    • Michael Humler CLEVELAND, OH
      • about 1 year ago

      I am a Cleveland resident.

    • Jeffrey Sleasman COLUMBUS, OH
      • about 1 year ago

      former (and future) resident of Cleveland. times change; we need to catch up.

    • Daniel Caja LAKEWOOD, OH
      • about 1 year ago

      because whether we like to think it or not the corruption, economic vitality, and prosperity of the region ( both inner ring and outer ring suburbs ) are tied to cleveland. and it's highest member of it's ruling body should be held accountable to the people of cleveland and at the very least investigated.

    • Brandon Isner CLEVELAND, OH
      • over 1 year ago

      I am not shy to the idea that political folk need to bend rules occasionally, but honestly...how dumb do you have to be to pull shadiness when the F.B.I. is in town, hauling off the rear-ends of our favorite sources of corruption on a weekly basis?

      Answer questions or step down. It is not a difficult or ridiculous concept.


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