Campaign Finance

Republican State Representative Nino Vitale is accused of misusing campaign funds.  

Ohio's Republican Secretary of State is backing legislative efforts to improve transparency regarding dark money groups. 

The candidates in the top 1% have accounted for about 78% of the ad spending in the presidential race so far, according to new numbers.

The two self-funding billionaires in the Democratic primary, former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg and activist business executive Tom Steyer, have spent the most by far — a combined $320 million, out of $409.8 million spent in the presidential contest up to Jan. 13.

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Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman of Ohio is amassing millions of dollars toward his 2022 reelection bid. 

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.

The all-Democratic Columbus City Council last night appointed to the panel an African-American female assistant city attorney who has worked on housing issues. 

Ohio Public Radio

New campaign finance reports for September show this year's gubernatorial race will be the most expensive in Ohio history. 

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The latest fundraising numbers show Ohio's gubernatorial race could be the most expensive in state history.

Less than 30 percent of Ohio registered voters cast ballots in the November election, which featured the most expensive ballot issue in Ohio history.

Ohio's gubernatorial candidates have filed their campaign finance reports.

Former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland continues to lag in cash as he seeks to unseat Republican incumbent Rob Portman in one of the year's most closely watched U.S. Senate contests.

The Franklin County Board of Elections has rejected an attempt by a local group to get voters in May to stop the city of Columbus from making its payments on Nationwide Arena.

Columbus City Council last night voted unanimously against adopting a proposed ordinance that would limit spending in mayoral and council campaigns.

Local elections officials says the group seeking to reduce spending in Columbus mayoral and city council races appears to have collected enough valid petition signatures to get a reform measure on the ballot next year.