Cliff Arnebeck
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Cliff Arnebeck


Chair:Legal Affairs Committee of Common Cause Ohio/national co-chair/attorney:Alliance of Democracy

Columbus, Ohio
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Cliff Arnebeck

Chair:Legal Affairs Committee of Common Cause Ohio/national co-chair/attorney:Alliance of Democracy
Years of Age
Years of Experience
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Clifford O. "Cliff" Arnebeck, Jr. (born 15 January 1945 in Washington, D.C., USA) is a national co-chair and attorney for the Alliance for Democracy. The son of an officer in the Bureau of Finance, Post Office Department, he graduated B.A. Wesleyan University in 1967 and received a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1970. He first worked for Ohio Bell in Cleveland, Ohio and later in the legal department for the American Electric Power Company before joining the Jones, Day law firm in Columbus, Ohio. He opened a private practice in Columbus, Ohio. In 1990, he unsuccessfully contested the Republican Party (GOP) primary election in Ohio's 15th District against 12-term congressman Chalmers Wylie.Arnebeck was a leader in the Ohio campaign for Ross Perot's failed 1992 presidential bid. Questioning the micromanagement of the campaign by Perot's staff in Houston, Arnebeck eventually challenged its legitimacy in a Washington press conference before the election In 1996 Arnebeck ran for Congress as a Democrat against Wylie's successor, GOP Congresswoman Deborah Pryce. and once again lost by a large margin. Disturbed at what he perceived as the behind the scenes manipulation of the political system, he filed a suit and successfully challenged the Ohio Chamber of Commerce's financing of the campaign in 2000 to defeat Justice Alice Robie Resnick, a Democrat.Arnebeck then sought to act as a legal watchdog during elections. The handling of the 2004 presidential election by the state administration prompted him to represent groups challenging the legitimacy of the state's vote count in a lawsuit, known as "Moss v.



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Harvard Law School
Wesleyan University

Past Positions

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Legal Chair
Co-Chair, Coalition to End Permanent Congress
Republican Candidate for Ohio
District 15
Counsel to Ohio Seventh Republican Chairman Committee
1986 - 1988
Arnebeck and Christensen
1989 - Current
Chester, Hoffman, Willcox (of council)
1984 - 1988
Jones,Day,Reavis and Pogue
1980 - 1984
General Counsel
Ohio Power Co
1975 - 1980

Other Experience

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Ohio Bar Association
Columbus Bar Association
Coalition to End the Permanent Congress