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Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose at the Board Of Elections on Sept. 24, 2019.
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An effort to circulate petitions to repeal Ohio’s nuclear bailout law known has brought out a high-profile opposition campaign with ads and mailers.

State Sen. Nicki Antonio (D-Lakewood)
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Two Democratic state lawmakers say there’s too much untraceable money in political campaigns, so they want Ohio to do more to fight a U.S. Supreme Court decision on corporate spending on elections. 

Reform-minded Democrats have long held up "dark money" — political money that can't be traced to its source — as a symptom of what's wrong with politics in Washington. But while House Democrats this winter passed a bill to end the secrecy shielding donors behind unregulated dark money contributions, liberal activist groups now deploy those funds to boost the party's candidates in the 2020 elections.

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Columbus City Council on Monday approved a controversial set of campaign finance reforms, and appointed Shayla Favor to fill one of two vacant seats.

Molly Shack

Last week, Liliana Baiman walked into Columbus City Hall with her infant son Dylan propped on her hip. Will Petrick from the group Yes We Can helped her fill out a speaker’s slip, making sure to get it timestamped before she slid it into a wooden box.

Columbus City Hall
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Columbus residents weighed in Thursday night on a campaign finance measure tabled amid public criticism at the end of last year.

Columbus City Hall
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Columbus City Council on Monday approved a 5 percent tax on tickets with a last-minute amendment exempting most non-profit organizations. The proposal will support grants for local arts organizations and maintenance at Nationwide Arena.

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Columbus City Council's Monday meeting will be its last of the year, and members will have to make their way through an agenda crammed full of significant proposals before they adjourn for the holidays.

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Progressive group Yes We Can Columbus is voicing opposition to City Council's proposed campaign finance rules.

Andrew Ginther

Columbus officials announced a proposal to implement campaign contribution limits for the first time in city history.

Nearly all the charges of about $30,000 in illegal campaign spending by Aftab Pureval's congressional campaign were dismissed today by the Ohio Elections Commission.

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 candidates for governor and other statewide races have released their final fundraising reports before next month’s election. It’s been a record-breaking election for at least one race.

Phil Long / Associated Press

Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci traveled repeatedly aboard a Cleveland strip-club owner's private plane during his run for Ohio governor without properly reporting the costs of those flights, according to an Associated Press review.

The Ohio Elections Commission has refused to dismiss an allegation that Democratic congressional candidate Aftab Pureval spent money from his clerk of courts campaign account on his congressional race.

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.

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