The Ohio Secretary of State’s campaign finance database reveals contributions and expenditures to candidates and public officials who serve in the Ohio General Assembly. We can learn there who funds races for governor, auditor, secretary of state and treasurer. But Ohio's local campaign finance data landscape is lagging far behind. Only seven counties let voters track contributions online: Cuyahoga, Franklin, Summit, Montgomery, Lucas, Butler and Mahoning. None of these counties post information in a searchable format that allow the press and public to easily examine political dollars. Common Cause Ohio is urging the Ohio General Assembly to pass Senate Bill 206 so that all Ohioans can “follow the money” to local candidates. Learn More ›
Due to a series of decisions by the United States Supreme Court that relax donation rules, elections have become less democratic and more susceptible to corruption. As a result of the shift, wealthy donors and special interest groups can buy influence among the representatives they help to elect – all while keeping their identity and motives secret.
We should be able to follow the money. The real problem isn’t how much is being spent – it’s knowing who spends and what they get in return. Common Cause Ohio is working to push campaign finance reforms that shed light on dark money and help bring power back to the people.