campaign finance

‘Anti-Corruption Act’ would target dark money spending in Ohio

BY: - May 17, 2021

Should nonprofit organizations that spend money on Ohio elections be forced to publicly disclose who funds them? Some lawmakers say yes and are trying once again to change the state’s campaign finance law in an effort to make political spending more transparent. State Reps. Allison Russo, D-Upper Arlington, and Bride Rose Sweeney, D-Cleveland, have reintroduced […]

Bill seeks to end ‘dark money’ spending in Ohio elections

BY: - April 6, 2021

Republican lawmakers are proposing to revamp some of Ohio’s campaign finance laws that would shine a light on “dark money” groups. Public officials from both parties have called for reforms in the wake of the House Bill 6 scandal, which saw the speaker of the Ohio House arrested as well as widespread attention paid to […]

Lawmaker’s alleged campaign finance violations to be heard by elections commission

BY: - December 21, 2020

The Ohio Elections Commission voted Thursday to hear a case alleging a Republican state representative committed several campaign finance violations ahead of the 2020 General Election. Secretary of State Frank LaRose referred several “potential” violations involving state Rep. Nino Vitale, R-Urbana, to the Ohio Elections Commission in August. LaRose’s office, which oversees elections and campaign […]

Politicians quit Congress, but their ‘zombie’ campaigns stagger on with millions in the bank

BY: - December 21, 2020

WASHINGTON — Republican Michele Bachmann hasn’t set foot in the U.S. Capitol as an elected member of Congress from Minnesota for at least six years. Though she recently made news for asking God to help reelect President Donald Trump and telling a television show that “transgender Black Marxists” are trying to overthrow the country, none […]

Mysterious ‘pop-up PACs’ targeting races throughout country in final days of campaign

BY: - October 29, 2020

WASHINGTON —  A super PAC financed tens of thousands of dollars worth of digital ads in late October soliciting allegations that North Carolina Senate hopeful Cal Cunningham engaged in extramarital affairs. But because of a loophole in campaign finance laws that were written in the era of typewriters, voters won’t know who paid for the […]

LaRose refers 162 campaign finance violations against Householder and others in FirstEnergy scandal

BY: - August 28, 2020

The Ohio Secretary of State’s office has identified more than 150 alleged campaign finance violations related to former Speaker of the House Larry Householder and the House Bill 6 scandal. Householder and four others were arrested July 21 as part of a federal investigation called the largest bribery scheme in Ohio history. Secretary of State […]

Mailbag: Answering reader questions about Householder and the bribery scandal

BY: - August 6, 2020

Clad in camouflage from head to toe, Larry Householder aimed his weapon at a television screen across an empty field. That box had it coming, a Householder voiceover intimated, what with all the unfair attacks leveled against him. “A dark money group is airing deceitful ads against me,” Householder said. “They’re anti-Trump gun grabbers and […]

Bipartisan Ohio campaign finance reform bill has secretary of state’s support

BY: - August 4, 2020

If you can follow the money, state Rep. Gayle Manning reasons, you can follow what’s going on. That’s the main drive behind a new bill proposed by Manning, R-North Ridgeville, and Rep. Jessica Miranda, D-Forest Park, which seeks to reform Ohio’s campaign finance landscape through shining light on anonymous political spending. Their House Bill 737 […]

Gun lessons for campaign cash? Teacher Vitale says that’s not the aim

BY: - July 28, 2020

How can money be given to a campaign but not be considered a campaign contribution? That’s a question for pistol instructor Nino Vitale, a state lawmaker representing the 85th District. Vitale, R-Urbana, is running unopposed for a fourth term in the Ohio House of Representatives. He is spending some of his time this summer privately […]

Three GOP candidates pledge to return donations from Householder 

BY: - July 23, 2020

A trio of Republican candidates for state representative say they will return or give away money donated to them by Speaker Larry Householder’s campaign committee. The three are Tom Young, Brian Stewart and Marilyn John. Young is the Republican nominee for the 42nd District in Montgomery County. He received a max donation of $13,292 in […]

FirstEnergy money flowed to Ohio politicians who supported Householder-backed HB6 

BY: - July 21, 2020

FirstEnergy Solutions said it needed a government bailout to continue operating. It still had hundreds of thousands of dollars available to donate to Ohio politicians. The Akron-based energy company spent years working toward what would become House Bill 6 — passed by the Republican-controlled state legislature and signed by Gov. Mike DeWine in the summer […]