Local Political Dollars Should Be Online

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.

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