campaign finance

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Feb 5, 2018
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Negotiations between lawmakers and citizens' groups for a new redistricting plan for congressional districts have fallen through. Gov. John Kasich has said he is willing to step in and help work out a deal. A plan must be passed before Feb. 7th to get on the May ballot.

We'll also take a look at governor's race, and the latest news from the Ohio Statehouse.

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The governor's race is shaping up to be expensive, according to the campaign finance filings for the last six months of last year. And the money leaders in the Republican and Democratic primaries easily outraised their opponents.

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As various groups push for a change in how Columbus City Council elects candidates, the Council will consider a measure to clarify campaign finance disclosure requirements for candidates running for any city office.

Republican Sen. Frank LaRose (left) and democratic Rep. Kathleen Clyde (right) agree that more transparency is needed in campaign finance.
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The opponents of Issue 2, the Drug Price Relief Act, recently outspent backers of that proposal by a four-to-one margin. And most of the money in the opposition’s campaign war chest couldn’t be directly traced because it was in an LLC rather than a traditional political action committee.

A judge has struck down a law that limits the amount contractors can give to the political campaigns of officials with whom they do business.

Wednesday's ruling is the second against the law by Judge John Bender of Franklin County Common Pleas Court.

He declared the language unconstitutional last year, but an amended version of it was slipped into the two-year state budget in June. However, Bender says that since it is based on language already declared unconstitutional, instead of on existing law, it too is unconstitutional.