campaign finance

The Hamilton County elections official who marked out the spending lines on campaign checks from Democratic congressional candidate Aftab Pureval will be docked two weeks vacation time as her punishment.

Betsy Rader

Dissatisfaction with current elected officials has led a number of newcomers to jump into the political arena this midterm election. One of the biggest challenges they face is raising enough money to run a competitive campaign.

Mike DeWine and Richard Cordray
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The latest fundraising numbers show this year’s race for governor is going to be the most expensive in the state’s history.

We are very happy to not have to decide if Democratic congressional candidate Aftab Pureval is guilty of misusing campaign funds, as has been alleged before the Ohio Elections Commission.

Gender gaps aren't just for the workplace, and the midterm elections are proving it. An NPR analysis of campaign finance records shows that Democratic women candidates face a fundraising gap, compared to Democratic men, in the party's toughest House races.

The Ohio Election Commission will do its own investigation into whether or not Democratic congressional candidate Aftab Pureval improperly spent money from his state campaign fund on his federal race.

That would be a violation of Ohio election law.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray shakes hands with supporters during an election night event Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in Columbus.
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The latest campaign fundraising numbers for statewide candidates in 2018 are in, with Democrats and Republicans keeping the race tight – and expensive.

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A widely used loophole for funneling secret "dark money" into political ads closed quietly last weekend, as a federal judge concluded it thwarted Congress' intent to have broad disclosure of political money.

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An Ohio telemarketing company – whose Republican owner spent more than a year in prison following a campaign finance probe – has organized employees and suppliers in a retaliatory effort to bring down two prominent Ohio Democrats.

ECOT statehouse rally
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Republican candidates on this fall’s ballot are moving to distance themselves from the founder of ECOT, after reports of an FBI investigation for illegal campaign contributions and the release of a critical state audit, which could result in criminal charges.

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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.

Ohio Republican Governor candidate Mike DeWine speaks while running mate Jon Husted looks on.
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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.