campaign finance

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House Democrats say they are investigating Postmaster General Louis DeJoy over allegations reported by The Washington Post that he asked employees to donate to certain political candidates and then reimbursed them through bonuses.

Former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder
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The Ohio Secretary of State is accusing fellow Republican and former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder of 162 violations of campaign finance laws stemming from the nuclear bailout law he worked to pass. The campaign finance violations are related to the felony criminal charges Householder faces in federal court.

Ohio Rep. Nino Vitale (R-Urbana)
Ohio House

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose has referred state Rep. Nino Vitale (R-Urbana) to the Ohio Elections Commission based on several potential campaign finance issues. Among the referrals is a claim that Vitale mixed funds from personal or business accounts with his campaign account.

Andrew Ginther

Later this month, Mayor Andrew Ginther will hold his annual "State of the City" speech, looking back at the past year's accomplishments and charting a course for the coming year. But the event’s price tag and long list of private sponsors are raising eyebrows.

Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire former mayor of New York City, entered the Democratic presidential primary a month ago. He's already spent more than $100 million on advertising.

Bloomberg and Tom Steyer, another billionaire in the Democratic contest, have in total spent about $200 million so far, according to Advertising Analytics, a firm that tracks campaign ad expenditures.

Columbus Council members Emmanuel Remy and Shayla Favor, Mayor Andrew Ginther, and members Elizabeth Brown and Rob Dorans at an October press conference.
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Columbus City Council will bring an end to a busy year Monday night at its final meeting of 2019.

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Two Florida-based businessmen who helped President Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani in his efforts to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden in Ukraine have been arrested and charged with campaign finance violations in a separate matter.

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)
Ohio House

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.

Christopher Columbus statue in front of Columbus City Hall.
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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.