Ohio Citizen Action

Do nonprofits have a constitutional right to canvass?

COLUMBUS — “For the last several years, Ohio has been at the forefront of the ongoing struggle between personal privacy and the First Amendment. Nonprofit organizations throughout the United States have been challenged by municipalities regarding the extent to which they can conduct door-to-door advocacy and fundraising – otherwise known as canvassing. One of the more notable challengers of these laws has been Ohio Citizen Action, a consumer and environmental rights group with offices throughout the state. Ohio Citizen Action argues that it raises the majority of its funds and recruits most of its members through  just the sort of door-to-door advocacy that many municipalities have sought to limit.”

— Geoffrey Korff, Ohio Lawyer

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