As Passed by the House

125th General Assembly
Special Session
2003-2004
Am. Sub. H. B. No. 1


Representatives DeWine, White 



A BILL
To amend sections 102.03, 2921.01, 2921.43, 3501.05, 1
3501.38, 3503.14, 3513.07, 3513.10, 3513.261, 2
3517.01, 3517.08, 3517.082, 3517.09, 3517.092, 3
3517.10, 3517.102, 3517.103, 3517.104, 3517.105, 4
3517.106, 3517.108, 3517.109, 3517.11, 3517.13, 5
3517.151, 3517.152, 3517.154, 3517.155, 3517.16, 6
3517.17, 3517.20, 3517.23, 3517.992, and 3599.031, 7
to enact new section 3599.03 and sections 8
3501.381, 3517.1011, 3517.1012, 3517.30 to 3517.39 9
and 3599.111, and to repeal section 3599.03 of the 10
Revised Code to revise the Campaign Finance Law.11


BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF OHIO:

       Section 1. That sections 102.03, 2921.01, 2921.43, 3501.05, 12
3501.38, 3503.14, 3513.07, 3513.10, 3513.261, 3517.01, 3517.08, 13
3517.082, 3517.09, 3517.092, 3517.10, 3517.102, 3517.103, 14
3517.104, 3517.105, 3517.106, 3517.108, 3517.109, 3517.11, 15
3517.13, 3517.151, 3517.152, 3517.154, 3517.155, 3517.16, 3517.17, 16
3517.20, 3517.23, 3517.992, and 3599.031 be amended and new 17
section 3599.03 and sections 3501.381, 3517.1011, 3517.1012, 18
3517.30, 3517.31, 3517.32, 3517.33, 3517.34, 3517.35, 3517.36, 19
3517.37, 3517.38, 3517.39, and 3599.111 of the Revised Code be 20
enacted to read as follows:21

       Sec. 102.03.  (A)(1) No present or former public official or22
employee shall, during public employment or service or for twelve23
months thereafter, represent a client or act in a representative24
capacity for any person on any matter in which the public official25
or employee personally participated as a public official or26
employee through decision, approval, disapproval, recommendation,27
the rendering of advice, investigation, or other substantial28
exercise of administrative discretion.29

       (2) For twenty-four months after the conclusion of service,30
no former commissioner or attorney examiner of the public31
utilities commission shall represent a public utility, as defined32
in section 4905.02 of the Revised Code, or act in a representative33
capacity on behalf of such a utility before any state board,34
commission, or agency.35

       (3) For twenty-four months after the conclusion of employment 36
or service, no former public official or employee who personally 37
participated as a public official or employee through decision, 38
approval, disapproval, recommendation, the rendering of advice, 39
the development or adoption of solid waste management plans, 40
investigation, inspection, or other substantial exercise of41
administrative discretion under Chapter 343. or 3734. of the42
Revised Code shall represent a person who is the owner or operator43
of a facility, as defined in section 3734.01 of the Revised Code,44
or who is an applicant for a permit or license for a facility45
under that chapter, on any matter in which the public official or46
employee personally participated as a public official or employee.47

       (4) For a period of one year after the conclusion of48
employment or service as a member or employee of the general49
assembly, no former member or employee of the general assembly50
shall represent, or act in a representative capacity for, any51
person on any matter before the general assembly, any committee of52
the general assembly, or the controlling board. Division (A)(4) of 53
this section does not apply to or affect a person who separates54
from service with the general assembly on or before December 31,55
1995. As used in division (A)(4) of this section "person" does not 56
include any state agency or political subdivision of the state.57

       (5) As used in divisions (A)(1), (2), and (3) of this58
section, "matter" includes any case, proceeding, application,59
determination, issue, or question, but does not include the60
proposal, consideration, or enactment of statutes, rules,61
ordinances, resolutions, or charter or constitutional amendments.62
As used in division (A)(4) of this section, "matter" includes the63
proposal, consideration, or enactment of statutes, resolutions, or64
constitutional amendments. As used in division (A) of this65
section, "represent" includes any formal or informal appearance66
before, or any written or oral communication with, any public67
agency on behalf of any person.68

       (6) Nothing contained in division (A) of this section shall69
prohibit, during such period, a former public official or employee70
from being retained or employed to represent, assist, or act in a71
representative capacity for the public agency by which the public72
official or employee was employed or on which the public official73
or employee served.74

       (7) Division (A) of this section shall not be construed to75
prohibit the performance of ministerial functions, including, but76
not limited to, the filing or amendment of tax returns,77
applications for permits and licenses, incorporation papers, and78
other similar documents.79

       (B) No present or former public official or employee shall80
disclose or use, without appropriate authorization, any81
information acquired by the public official or employee in the82
course of the public official's or employee's official duties that83
is confidential because of statutory provisions, or that has been84
clearly designated to the public official or employee as85
confidential when that confidential designation is warranted86
because of the status of the proceedings or the circumstances87
under which the information was received and preserving its88
confidentiality is necessary to the proper conduct of government89
business.90

       (C) No public official or employee shall participate within91
the scope of duties as a public official or employee, except92
through ministerial functions as defined in division (A) of this93
section, in any license or rate-making proceeding that directly94
affects the license or rates of any person, partnership, trust,95
business trust, corporation, or association in which the public96
official or employee or immediate family owns or controls more97
than five per cent. No public official or employee shall98
participate within the scope of duties as a public official or99
employee, except through ministerial functions as defined in100
division (A) of this section, in any license or rate-making101
proceeding that directly affects the license or rates of any102
person to whom the public official or employee or immediate103
family, or a partnership, trust, business trust, corporation, or104
association of which the public official or employee or the public105
official's or employee's immediate family owns or controls more106
than five per cent, has sold goods or services totaling more than107
one thousand dollars during the preceding year, unless the public108
official or employee has filed a written statement acknowledging109
that sale with the clerk or secretary of the public agency and the110
statement is entered in any public record of the agency's111
proceedings. This division shall not be construed to require the112
disclosure of clients of attorneys or persons licensed under113
section 4732.12 or 4732.15 of the Revised Code, or patients of114
persons certified under section 4731.14 of the Revised Code.115

       (D) No public official or employee shall use or authorize the 116
use of the authority or influence of office or employment to117
secure anything of value or the promise or offer of anything of118
value that is of such a character as to manifest a substantial and119
improper influence upon the public official or employee with120
respect to that person's duties.121

       (E) No public official or employee shall solicit or accept122
anything of value that is of such a character as to manifest a123
substantial and improper influence upon the public official or124
employee with respect to that person's duties.125

       (F) No person shall promise or give to a public official or126
employee anything of value that is of such a character as to127
manifest a substantial and improper influence upon the public128
official or employee with respect to that person's duties.129

       (G) In the absence of bribery or another offense under the130
Revised Code or a purpose to defraud, contributions made to a131
campaign committee, political party, legislative campaign fund, or132
political action committee, or political contributing entity on133
behalf of an elected public officer or other public official or134
employee who seeks elective office shall be considered to accrue135
ordinarily to the public official or employee for the purposes of136
divisions (D), (E), and (F) of this section.137

       As used in this division, "contributions," "campaign138
committee," "political party," "legislative campaign fund," and139
"political action committee," and "political contributing entity"140
have the same meanings as in section 3517.01 of the Revised Code.141

       (H)(1) No public official or employee, except for the142
president or other chief administrative officer of or a member of143
a board of trustees of a state institution of higher education as144
defined in section 3345.011 of the Revised Code, who is required145
to file a financial disclosure statement under section 102.02 of146
the Revised Code shall solicit or accept, and no person shall give 147
to that public official or employee, an honorarium. Except as 148
provided in division (H)(2) of this section, this division and149
divisions (D), (E), and (F) of this section do not prohibit a150
public official or employee who is required to file a financial151
disclosure statement under section 102.02 of the Revised Code from152
accepting and do not prohibit a person from giving to that public153
official or employee the payment of actual travel expenses,154
including any expenses incurred in connection with the travel for155
lodging, and meals, food, and beverages provided to the public156
official or employee at a meeting at which the public official or157
employee participates in a panel, seminar, or speaking engagement158
or provided to the public official or employee at a meeting or159
convention of a national organization to which any state agency,160
including, but not limited to, any state legislative agency or161
state institution of higher education as defined in section162
3345.011 of the Revised Code, pays membership dues. Except as 163
provided in division (H)(2) of this section, this division and 164
divisions (D), (E), and (F) of this section do not prohibit a165
public official or employee who is not required to file a166
financial disclosure statement under section 102.02 of the Revised167
Code from accepting and do not prohibit a person from promising or168
giving to that public official or employee an honorarium or the169
payment of travel, meal, and lodging expenses if the honorarium,170
expenses, or both were paid in recognition of demonstrable171
business, professional, or esthetic interests of the public172
official or employee that exist apart from public office or173
employment, including, but not limited to, such a demonstrable174
interest in public speaking and were not paid by any person or175
other entity, or by any representative or association of those176
persons or entities, that is regulated by, doing business with, or177
seeking to do business with the department, division, institution,178
board, commission, authority, bureau, or other instrumentality of179
the governmental entity with which the public official or employee180
serves.181

       (2) No person who is a member of the board of a state 182
retirement system, a state retirement system investment officer, 183
or an employee of a state retirement system whose position 184
involves substantial and material exercise of discretion in the 185
investment of retirement system funds shall solicit or accept, and 186
no person shall give to that board member, officer, or employee, 187
payment of actual travel expenses, including expenses incurred 188
with the travel for lodging, meals, food, and beverages.189

       (I) A public official or employee may accept travel, meals,190
and lodging or expenses or reimbursement of expenses for travel,191
meals, and lodging in connection with conferences, seminars, and192
similar events related to official duties if the travel, meals,193
and lodging, expenses, or reimbursement is not of such a character194
as to manifest a substantial and improper influence upon the195
public official or employee with respect to that person's duties.196
The house of representatives and senate, in their code of ethics,197
and the Ohio ethics commission, under section 111.15 of the198
Revised Code, may adopt rules setting standards and conditions for199
the furnishing and acceptance of such travel, meals, and lodging,200
expenses, or reimbursement.201

       A person who acts in compliance with this division and any202
applicable rules adopted under it, or any applicable, similar203
rules adopted by the supreme court governing judicial officers and204
employees, does not violate division (D), (E), or (F) of this205
section. This division does not preclude any person from seeking206
an advisory opinion from the appropriate ethics commission under207
section 102.08 of the Revised Code.208

       (J) For purposes of divisions (D), (E), and (F) of this209
section, the membership of a public official or employee in an210
organization shall not be considered, in and of itself, to be of211
such a character as to manifest a substantial and improper212
influence on the public official or employee with respect to that213
person's duties. As used in this division, "organization" means a214
church or a religious, benevolent, fraternal, or professional215
organization that is tax exempt under subsection 501(a) and216
described in subsection 501(c)(3), (4), (8), (10), or (19) of the217
"Internal Revenue Code of 1986." This division does not apply to a 218
public official or employee who is an employee of an organization, 219
serves as a trustee, director, or officer of an organization, or 220
otherwise holds a fiduciary relationship with an organization. 221
This division does not allow a public official or employee who is 222
a member of an organization to participate, formally or 223
informally, in deliberations, discussions, or voting on a matter 224
or to use his official position with regard to the interests of 225
the organization on the matter if the public official or employee 226
has assumed a particular responsibility in the organization with 227
respect to the matter or if the matter would affect that person's 228
personal, pecuniary interests.229

       (K) It is not a violation of this section for a prosecuting230
attorney to appoint assistants and employees in accordance with231
division (B) of section 309.06 and section 2921.421 of the Revised232
Code, for a chief legal officer of a municipal corporation or an233
official designated as prosecutor in a municipal corporation to234
appoint assistants and employees in accordance with sections235
733.621 and 2921.421 of the Revised Code, for a township law236
director appointed under section 504.15 of the Revised Code to237
appoint assistants and employees in accordance with sections238
504.151 and 2921.421 of the Revised Code, or for a coroner to239
appoint assistants and employees in accordance with division (B)240
of section 313.05 of the Revised Code.241

       As used in this division, "chief legal officer" has the same242
meaning as in section 733.621 of the Revised Code.243

       Sec. 2921.01.  As used in sections 2921.01 to 2921.45 of the 244
Revised Code:245

       (A) "Public official" means any elected or appointed officer, 246
or employee, or agent of the state or any political subdivision, 247
whether in a temporary or permanent capacity, and includes, but is 248
not limited to, legislators, judges, and law enforcement officers.249

       (B) "Public servant" means any of the following:250

       (1) Any public official;251

       (2) Any person performing ad hoc a governmental function, 252
including, but not limited to, a juror, member of a temporary 253
commission, master, arbitrator, advisor, or consultant;254

       (3) A person who is a candidate for public office, whether or 255
not the person is elected or appointed to the office for which the 256
person is a candidate. A person is a candidate for purposes of 257
this division if the person has been nominated according to law 258
for election or appointment to public office, or if the person has 259
filed a petition or petitions as required by law to have the 260
person's name placed on the ballot in a primary, general, or 261
special election, or if the person campaigns as a write-in 262
candidate in any primary, general, or special election.263

       (C) "Party official" means any person who holds an elective 264
or appointive post in a political party in the United States or 265
this state, by virtue of which the person directs, conducts, or 266
participates in directing or conducting party affairs at any level 267
of responsibility.268

       (D) "Official proceeding" means any proceeding before a 269
legislative, judicial, administrative, or other governmental 270
agency or official authorized to take evidence under oath, and 271
includes any proceeding before a referee, hearing examiner, 272
commissioner, notary, or other person taking testimony or a 273
deposition in connection with an official proceeding.274

       (E) "Detention" means arrest; confinement in any vehicle 275
subsequent to an arrest; confinement in any public or private 276
facility for custody of persons charged with or convicted of crime 277
in this state or another state or under the laws of the United 278
States or alleged or found to be a delinquent child or unruly 279
child in this state or another state or under the laws of the 280
United States; hospitalization, institutionalization, or 281
confinement in any public or private facility that is ordered 282
pursuant to or under the authority of section 2945.37, 2945.371, 283
2945.38, 2945.39, 2945.40, 2945.401, or 2945.402 of the Revised 284
Code; confinement in any vehicle for transportation to or from any 285
facility of any of those natures; detention for extradition or 286
deportation; except as provided in this division, supervision by 287
any employee of any facility of any of those natures that is 288
incidental to hospitalization, institutionalization, or 289
confinement in the facility but that occurs outside the facility; 290
supervision by an employee of the department of rehabilitation and 291
correction of a person on any type of release from a state 292
correctional institution; or confinement in any vehicle, airplane, 293
or place while being returned from outside of this state into this 294
state by a private person or entity pursuant to a contract entered 295
into under division (E) of section 311.29 of the Revised Code or 296
division (B) of section 5149.03 of the Revised Code. For a person 297
confined in a county jail who participates in a county jail 298
industry program pursuant to section 5147.30 of the Revised Code, 299
"detention" includes time spent at an assigned work site and going 300
to and from the work site.301

       (F) "Detention facility" means any public or private place 302
used for the confinement of a person charged with or convicted of 303
any crime in this state or another state or under the laws of the 304
United States or alleged or found to be a delinquent child or 305
unruly child in this state or another state or under the laws of 306
the United States.307

       (G) "Valuable thing or valuable benefit" includes, but is not 308
limited to, a contribution. This inclusion does not indicate or 309
imply that a contribution was not included in those terms before 310
September 17, 1986.311

       (H) "Campaign committee," "contribution," "political action 312
committee," "legislative campaign fund," and "political party," 313
and "political contributing entity" have the same meanings as in 314
section 3517.01 of the Revised Code.315

       (I) "Provider agreement" and "medical assistance program" 316
have the same meanings as in section 2913.40 of the Revised Code.317

       Sec. 2921.43.  (A) No public servant shall knowingly solicit 318
or accept, and no person shall knowingly promise or give to a 319
public servant, either of the following:320

       (1) Any compensation, other than as allowed by divisions (G), 321
(H), and (I) of section 102.03 of the Revised Code or other322
provisions of law, to perform the public servant's official323
duties, to perform any other act or service in the public 324
servant's public capacity, for the general performance of the 325
duties of the public servant's public office or public employment, 326
or as a supplement to the public servant's public compensation;327

       (2) Additional or greater fees or costs than are allowed by 328
law to perform the public servant's official duties.329

       (B) No public servant for the public servant's own personal330
or business use, and no person for the person's own personal or 331
business use or for the personal or business use of a public 332
servant or party official, shall solicit or accept anything of 333
value in consideration of either of the following:334

       (1) Appointing or securing, maintaining, or renewing the335
appointment of any person to any public office, employment, or336
agency;337

       (2) Preferring, or maintaining the status of, any public338
employee with respect to compensation, duties, placement,339
location, promotion, or other material aspects of employment.340

       (C) No person for the benefit of a political party, campaign 341
committee, legislative campaign fund, or political action 342
committee, or political contributing entity shall coerce any 343
contribution in consideration of either of the following:344

       (1) Appointing or securing, maintaining, or renewing the345
appointment of any person to any public office, employment, or346
agency;347

       (2) Preferring, or maintaining the status of, any public348
employee with respect to compensation, duties, placement,349
location, promotion, or other material aspects of employment.350

       (D) Whoever violates this section is guilty of soliciting351
improper compensation, a misdemeanor of the first degree.352

       (E) A public servant who is convicted of a violation of this 353
section is disqualified from holding any public office,354
employment, or position of trust in this state for a period of355
seven years from the date of conviction.356

       (F) Divisions (A), (B), and (C) of this section do not357
prohibit a person from making voluntary contributions to a358
political party, campaign committee, legislative campaign fund, or359
political action committee, or political contributing entity or 360
prohibit a political party, campaign committee, legislative 361
campaign fund, or political action committee, or political 362
contributing entity from accepting voluntary contributions.363

       Sec. 3501.05.  The secretary of state shall do all of the364
following:365

       (A) Appoint all members of boards of elections;366

       (B) Issue instructions by directives and advisories to367
members of the boards as to the proper methods of conducting368
elections;369

       (C) Prepare rules and instructions for the conduct of370
elections;371

       (D) Publish and furnish to the boards from time to time a372
sufficient number of indexed copies of all election laws then in373
force;374

       (E) Edit and issue all pamphlets concerning proposed laws or375
amendments required by law to be submitted to the voters;376

       (F) Prescribe the form of registration cards, blanks, and377
records;378

       (G) Determine and prescribe the forms of ballots and the379
forms of all blanks, cards of instructions, pollbooks, tally380
sheets, certificates of election, and forms and blanks required by 381
law for use by candidates, committees, and boards;382

       (H) Prepare the ballot title or statement to be placed on the 383
ballot for any proposed law or amendment to the constitution to be 384
submitted to the voters of the state;385

       (I) Certify to the several boards the forms of ballots and386
names of candidates for state offices, and the form and wording of387
state referendum questions and issues, as they shall appear on the388
ballot;389

       (J) Give final approval to ballot language for any local390
question or issue approved and transmitted by boards of elections391
under section 3501.11 of the Revised Code;392

       (K) Receive all initiative and referendum petitions on state393
questions and issues and determine and certify to the sufficiency394
of those petitions;395

       (L) Require such reports from the several boards as are396
provided by law, or as the secretary of state considers necessary;397

       (M) Compel the observance by election officers in the several 398
counties of the requirements of the election laws;399

       (N)(1) Except as otherwise provided in division (N)(2) of400
this section, investigate the administration of election laws,401
frauds, and irregularities in elections in any county, and report402
violations of election laws to the attorney general or prosecuting403
attorney, or both, for prosecution;404

       (2) On and after August 24, 1995, report a failure to comply 405
with or a violation of a provision in sections 3517.08 to 3517.13,406
3517.17, 3517.18, 3517.20 to 3517.22, 3599.03, or 3599.031 of the 407
Revised Code, whenever the secretary of state has or should have 408
knowledge of a failure to comply with or a violation of a 409
provision in one of those sections, by filing a complaint with the 410
Ohio elections commission under section 3517.153 of the Revised 411
Code;412

       (O) Make an annual report to the governor containing the413
results of elections, the cost of elections in the various414
counties, a tabulation of the votes in the several political415
subdivisions, and other information and recommendations relative 416
to elections the secretary of state considers desirable;417

       (P) Prescribe and distribute to boards of elections a list of 418
instructions indicating all legal steps necessary to petition419
successfully for local option elections under sections 4301.32 to420
4301.41, 4303.29, 4305.14, and 4305.15 of the Revised Code;421

       (Q) Prescribe a general program to remove ineligible voters422
from official registration lists by reason of change of residence,423
which shall be uniform, nondiscriminatory, and in compliance with424
the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the National Voter Registration425
Act of 1993, including a program that uses the national change of426
address service provided by the United States postal system427
through its licensees;428

       (R) Prescribe a general program for registering voters or429
updating voter registration information, such as name and430
residence changes, at designated agencies, the offices of deputy431
registrars of motor vehicles, public high schools and vocational432
schools, public libraries, and the offices of county treasurers,433
and prescribe a program of distribution of voter registration434
forms through those agencies, the offices of the registrar and435
deputy registrars of motor vehicles, public high schools and436
vocational schools, public libraries, and the offices of county437
treasurers;438

       (S) To the extent feasible, provide copies, at no cost and439
upon request, of the voter registration form in post offices in440
this state;441

       (T) Adopt rules pursuant to section 111.15 of the Revised442
Code for the purpose of implementing the program for registering443
voters at designated agencies and the offices of the registrar and444
deputy registrars of motor vehicles consistent with this chapter;445

       (U) Specify, by a directive issued not later than thirty-five446
days prior to the date of an election, the date by which the447
boards shall complete the canvass of election returns under448
section 3505.32 or 3513.22 of the Revised Code;449

       (V) Establish the full-time position of Americans with 450
Disabilities Act coordinator within the office of the secretary of 451
state to do all of the following:452

       (1) Assist the secretary of state with ensuring that there is 453
equal access to polling places for persons with disabilities;454

       (2) Assist the secretary of state with ensuring that each 455
voter may cast the voter's ballot in a manner that provides the 456
same opportunity for access and participation, including privacy 457
and independence, as for other voters;458

       (3) Advise the secretary of state in the development of 459
standards for the certification of voting machines, marking 460
devices, and automatic tabulating equipment.461

       (W) Exercise the powers and duties prescribed in sections 462
3517.30 to 3517.39 of the Revised Code;463

       (X) Perform other duties required by law.464

       Whenever a primary election is held under section 3513.32 of465
the Revised Code or a special election is held under section466
3521.03 of the Revised Code to fill a vacancy in the office of467
representative to congress, the secretary of state shall establish468
a deadline, notwithstanding any other deadline required under the469
Revised Code, by which any or all of the following shall occur:470
the filing of a declaration of candidacy and petitions or a471
statement of candidacy and nominating petition together with the472
applicable filing fee; the filing of protests against the473
candidacy of any person filing a declaration of candidacy or474
nominating petition; the filing of a declaration of intent to be a475
write-in candidate; the filing of campaign finance reports; the476
preparation of, and the making of corrections or challenges to,477
precinct voter registration lists; the receipt of applications for478
absent voter's ballots or armed service absent voter's ballots;479
the supplying of election materials to precincts by boards of480
elections; the holding of hearings by boards of elections to481
consider challenges to the right of a person to appear on a voter482
registration list; and the scheduling of programs to instruct or483
reinstruct election officers.484

       In the performance of the secretary of state's duties as the 485
chief election officer, the secretary of state may administer486
oaths, issue subpoenas, summon witnesses, compel the production of 487
books, papers, records, and other evidence, and fix the time and 488
place for hearing any matters relating to the administration and489
enforcement of the election laws.490

       In any controversy involving or arising out of the adoption491
of registration or the appropriation of funds for registration, 492
the secretary of state may, through the attorney general, bring an493
action in the name of the state in the court of common pleas of 494
the county where the cause of action arose or in an adjoining495
county, to adjudicate the question.496

       In any action involving the laws in Title XXXV of the Revised497
Code wherein the interpretation of those laws is in issue in such498
a manner that the result of the action will affect the lawful499
duties of the secretary of state or of any board of elections, the500
secretary of state may, on the secretary of state's motion, be 501
made a party.502

       The secretary of state may apply to any court that is hearing503
a case in which the secretary of state is a party, for a change of504
venue as a substantive right, and the change of venue shall be505
allowed, and the case removed to the court of common pleas of an 506
adjoining county named in the application or, if there are cases 507
pending in more than one jurisdiction that involve the same or 508
similar issues, the court of common pleas of Franklin county.509

       Public high schools and vocational schools, public libraries,510
and the office of a county treasurer shall implement voter511
registration programs as directed by the secretary of state512
pursuant to this section.513

       Sec. 3501.38.  All declarations of candidacy, nominating514
petitions, or other petitions presented to or filed with the515
secretary of state or a board of elections or with any other516
public office for the purpose of becoming a candidate for any517
nomination or office or for the holding of an election on any518
issue shall, in addition to meeting the other specific519
requirements prescribed in the sections of the Revised Code520
relating to them, be governed by the following rules:521

       (A) Only electors qualified to vote on the candidacy or issue 522
which is the subject of the petition shall sign a petition. Each 523
signer shall be a registered elector pursuant to section 3503.11 524
of the Revised Code. The facts of qualification shall be525
determined as of the date when the petition is filed.526

       (B) Signatures shall be affixed in ink. Each signer may also 527
print the signer's name, so as to clearly identify the signer's 528
signature.529

       (C) Each signer shall place on the petition after the530
signer's name the date of signing and the location of the signer's 531
voting residence, including the street and number if in a532
municipal corporation or the rural route number, post office533
address, or township if outside a municipal corporation. The534
voting address given on the petition shall be the address535
appearing in the registration records at the board of elections.536

       (D) No person shall write any name other than the person's537
own on any petition. No person may authorize another to sign for 538
the person. WhereIf a petition contains the signature of an 539
elector two or more times, only the first signature shall be 540
counted.541

       (E)(1) On each petition paper, the circulator shall indicate542
the number of signatures contained on it, and shall sign a543
statement made under penalty of election falsification that the544
circulator witnessed the affixing of every signature, that all545
signers were to the best of the circulator's knowledge and belief546
qualified to sign, and that every signature is to the best of the547
circulator's knowledge and belief the signature of the person548
whose signature it purports to be. On the circulator's statement 549
for a declaration of candidacy, nominating petition, or 550
declaration of intent to be a write-in candidate for a person 551
seeking to become a statewide candidate or for a statewide 552
initiative or a statewide referendum petition, the circulator 553
shall identify the name and address of the person employing the 554
circulator to circulate the petition, if any.555

       (2) As used in division (E) of this section, "statewide 556
candidate" means the joint candidates for the offices of governor 557
and lieutenant governor or a candidate for the office of secretary 558
of state, auditor of state, treasurer of state, or attorney 559
general.560

       (F) If a circulator knowingly permits an unqualified person561
to sign a petition paper or permits a person to write a name other562
than the person's own on a petition paper, that petition paper is563
invalid; otherwise, the signature of a person not qualified to564
sign shall be rejected but shall not invalidate the other valid565
signatures on the paper.566

       (G) The circulator of a petition may, before filing it in a567
public office, strike from it any signature the circulator does568
not wish to present as a part of the petition.569

       (H) Any signer of a petition may remove the signer's570
signature from that petition at any time before the petition is571
filed in a public office by striking the signer's name from the572
petition; no signature may be removed after the petition is filed573
in any public office.574

       (I)(1) No alterations, corrections, or additions may be made575
to a petition after it is filed in a public office.576

       (2) No petition may be withdrawn after it is filed in a577
public office. Nothing in this division prohibits a person from578
withdrawing as a candidate as otherwise provided by law.579

       (J) All declarations of candidacy, nominating petitions, or580
other petitions under this section shall be accompanied by the581
following statement in boldface capital letters: WHOEVER COMMITS582
ELECTION FALSIFICATION IS GUILTY OF A FELONY OF THE FIFTH DEGREE.583

       (K) All separate petition papers shall be filed at the same584
time, as one instrument.585

       (L) If a board of elections distributes for use a petition 586
form for a declaration of candidacy, nominating petition, 587
declaration of intent to be a write-in candidate, or any type of 588
question or issue petition that does not satisfy the requirements 589
of law as of the date of that distribution, the board shall not 590
invalidate the petition on the basis that the petition form does 591
not satisfy the requirements of law, if the petition otherwise is 592
valid. Division (L) of this section applies only if the candidate 593
received the petition from the board within ninety days of when 594
the petition is required to be filed.595

       Sec. 3501.381. (A)(1) Any person who will receive 596
compensation for supervising, managing, or otherwise organizing 597
any effort to obtain signatures for a declaration of candidacy, 598
nominating petition, or declaration of intent to be a write-in 599
candidate for a person seeking to become a statewide candidate or 600
for a statewide initiative petition or a statewide referendum 601
petition shall file a statement to that effect with the office of 602
the secretary of state before any signatures are obtained for the 603
petition or before the person is engaged to supervise, manage, or 604
otherwise organize the effort to obtain signatures for the 605
petition, whichever is later.606

       (2) Any person who will compensate a person for supervising, 607
managing, or otherwise organizing any effort to obtain signatures 608
for a declaration of candidacy, nominating petition, or 609
declaration of intent to be a write-in candidate for a person 610
seeking to become a statewide candidate or for a statewide 611
initiative or a statewide referendum petition shall file a 612
statement to that effect with the office of the secretary of state 613
before any signatures are obtained for the petition or before the 614
person engages a person to supervise, manage, or otherwise 615
organize the effort to obtain signatures for the petition, 616
whichever is later.617

       (B) The secretary of state shall prescribe the form and 618
content of the statements required under division (A) of this 619
section.620

       (C) Whoever violates division (A) of this section is guilty 621
of a misdemeanor of the first degree, and the petition for which a 622
person was compensated for supervising, managing, or otherwise 623
organizing the effort to obtain signatures shall be deemed 624
invalid.625

       (D) As used in this section, "statewide candidate" means the 626
joint candidates for the offices of governor and lieutenant 627
governor or a candidate for the office of secretary of state, 628
auditor of state, treasurer of state, or attorney general.629

       Sec. 3503.14. (A) The secretary of state shall prescribe the630
form and content of the registration and change of residence and631
change of name form used in this state. The form shall set forth632
the eligibility requirements needed to qualify as an elector and633
meet the requirements of the National Voter Registration Act of634
1993. The form shall include a space on which the person 635
registering an applicant shall sign the person's name and a space 636
on which the person registering an applicant shall name the 637
employer who is employing that person to register the applicant. 638
No election official or employee of a designated agency who is 639
registering an applicant shall be required to sign the election 640
official's or employee's name or to name the employer who is 641
employing the election official or employee to register an 642
applicant on a form prepared under this section.643

       (B) Any applicant who is unable to sign histhe applicant's 644
own name shall make an "X," if possible, which shall be certified 645
by the signing of the name of the applicant by the person filling 646
out the registration form, who shall add histhe person's own 647
signature. If an applicant is unable to make an "X," hethe 648
applicant shall indicate in some manner that hethe applicant649
desires to register to vote or to change histhe applicant's name 650
or residence. The person registering such anthe applicant shall 651
sign the form and attest that the applicant indicated that hethe 652
applicant desired to register to vote or to change histhe 653
applicant's name or residence.654

       (C) No registration and change of residence and change of 655
name form shall be rejected solely on the basis that a person 656
registering an applicant failed to sign the person's name or 657
failed to name the employer who is employing that person to 658
register the applicant as required under division (A) of this 659
section.660

       (D) As used in this section, "registering an applicant" 661
includes any effort, for compensation, to provide voter 662
registration forms or to assist persons in completing those forms 663
or returning them to the board of elections, the office of the 664
secretary of state, or another appropriate public office.665

       Sec. 3513.07.  The form of declaration of candidacy and666
petition of a person desiring to be a candidate for a party667
nomination or a candidate for election to an office or position to668
be voted for at a primary election shall be substantially as669
follows:670

"DECLARATION OF CANDIDACY PARTY PRIMARY ELECTION
671

       I, ........................... (Name of Candidate), the672
undersigned, hereby declare under penalty of election673
falsification that my voting residence is in ...............674
precinct of the ............................. (Township) or (Ward675
and City or Village) in the county of ................, Ohio; that676
my voting residence is ............... (Street and Number, if any,677
or Rural Route and Number) of the .............................678
(City or Village) of ................., Ohio; and that I am a679
qualified elector in the precinct in which my voting residence is680
located. I am a member of the ........ Party. I hereby declare681
that I desire to be .................... (a candidate for682
nomination as a candidate of the Party for election to the office683
of .............) (a candidate for election to the office or684
position of ..............) for the ............ in the state,685
district, (Full term or unexpired term ending ...............)686
county, city, or village of ..................., at the primary687
election to be held on the ............. day of ........., ....,688
and I hereby request that my name be printed upon the official689
primary election ballot of the said .......... Party as a690
candidate for ......... (such nomination) or (such election) as691
provided by law.692

       I further declare that, if elected to said office or693
position, I will qualify therefor, and that I will support and694
abide by the principles enunciated by the ............ Party.695

       Dated this .......... day of ................., .........696

............................. 697
(Signature of candidate) 698

       WHOEVER COMMITS ELECTION FALSIFICATION IS GUILTY OF A FELONY699
OF THE FIFTH DEGREE.700

PETITION OF CANDIDATE
701

       We, the undersigned, qualified electors of the state of Ohio,702
whose voting residence is in the county, city, village, ward,703
township, or school district, and precinct set opposite our names,704
and members of the ....................................... Party,705
hereby certify that ............................ (Name of706
candidate) whose declaration of candidacy is filed herewith, is a707
member of the ............ Party, and is, in our opinion, well708
qualified to perform the duties of the office or position to which709
that candidate desires to be elected.710

Street City, 711
and Village or 712
Signature Number Township Ward Precinct County Date 713

(Must use address on file with the board of elections)
714

....................................................................715

....................................................................716

....................................................................717

       ....................................... (Name of circulator718
of petition), declares under penalty of election falsification719
that the circulator of the petition is a qualified elector of the720
state of Ohio and resides at the address appearing below the721
signature of that circulator; that the circulator is a member of722
the ........... Party; that the circulator is the circulator of723
the foregoing petition paper containing ............. (Number)724
signatures; that the circulator witnessed the affixing of every725
signature; that all signers were to the best of the circulator's726
knowledge and belief qualified to sign; and that every signature727
is to the best of the circulator's knowledge and belief the728
signature of the person whose signature it purports to be.729

730
(Signature of circulator) 731
732
(Address of circulator) 733
734
(If petition is for a statewide 735
candidate, the name and address 736
of person employing 737
circulator to circulate 738
petition, if any) 739

       WHOEVER COMMITS ELECTION FALSIFICATION IS GUILTY OF A FELONY740
OF THE FIFTH DEGREE."741

       The secretary of state shall prescribe a form of declaration742
of candidacy and petition, and the form shall be substantially743
similar to the declaration of candidacy and petition set forth in744
this section, that will be suitable for joint candidates for the745
offices of governor and lieutenant governor.746

       The petition provided for in this section shall be circulated747
only by a member of the same political party as the candidate.748

       Sec. 3513.10.  (A) At the time of filing a declaration of749
candidacy for nomination for any office, or a declaration of750
intent to be a write-in candidate, each candidate, except joint751
candidates for governor and lieutenant governor, shall pay a fee752
as follows:753

For statewide office $100 754
For court of appeals judge $ 50 755
For court of common pleas judge $ 50 756
For county court judge $ 50 757
For municipal court judge $ 50 758
For district office, including member 759
of the United States house of 760
representatives and member of the 761
general assembly $ 50 762
For county office $ 50 763
For city office $ 20 764
For village office $ 10 765
For township office $ 10 766
For member of state board of education $ 20 767
For member of local, city, or 768
exempted village board of education 769
or educational service center 770
governing board $ 10 771

       At the time of filing a declaration of candidacy or a772
declaration of intent to be a write-in candidate for the offices773
of governor and lieutenant governor, the joint candidates shall774
jointly pay to the secretary of state a fee of one hundred775
dollars.776

       (B)(1) At the same time the fee required under division (A)777
of this section is paid, each candidate shall pay an additional778
fee as follows:779

For the joint candidates for governor 780
and lieutenant governor $ 50 781
For statewide office $ 50 782
For district office, including member 783
of the United States house of 784
representatives and member of the 785
general assembly $ 35 786
For member of state board of education $ 35 787
For court of appeals judge $ 30 788
For court of common pleas judge $ 30 789
For county court judge $ 30 790
For municipal court judge $ 30 791
For county office $ 30 792
For city office $ 25 793
For village office $ 20 794
For township office $ 20 795
For member of local, city, county, 796
or exempted village board of education 797
or educational service center 798
governing board $ 20 799

       (2) Whoever seeks to propose a ballot question or issue to be 800
submitted to the electors shall pay the following fee at the time 801
the petition proposing the question or issue is filed:802

       (a) If the question or issue is to be submitted to the803
electors throughout the entire state, twenty-five dollars;804

       (b) If the question or issue is to be submitted to the805
electors of a county or of a district that consists of all or part806
of two or more counties but less than the entire state, fifteen807
dollars;808

       (c) If the question or issue is to be submitted to the809
electors of a city, twelve dollars and fifty cents;810

       (d) If the question or issue is to be submitted to the811
electors of a village, a township, a local, city, county, or812
exempted village school district, a precinct, or another district813
consisting of less than an entire county, ten dollars.814

       (C) No fee shall be required of candidates filing for the815
office of delegate or alternate to the national convention of816
political parties, member of the state central committee of a 817
political party, or member of the county central committee of a 818
political party.819

       (D) All fees required under division (A) of this section820
immediately shall be paid by the officer receiving them into the821
state treasury to the credit of the general revenue fund, in the822
case of fees received by the secretary of state, and into the823
county treasury to the credit of the county general fund, in the824
case of fees received by a board of elections.825

       (E) The officer who receives a fee required under division826
(B) of this section immediately shall pay the fee to the credit of827
the Ohio elections commission fund, which is hereby created in the828
state treasury. All moneys credited to the fund shall be used829
solely for the purpose of paying expenses related to the operation830
of the Ohio elections commissionby division (I) of section 831
3517.152 of the Revised Code.832

       (F)(1) In no case shall a fee paid under this section be833
returned to a candidate.834

       (2) Whenever a section of law refers to a filing fee to be835
paid by a candidate or by a committee proposing a ballot question836
or issue to be submitted to the electors, that fee includes the837
fees required under divisions (A) and (B) of this section.838

       (G) As used in divisions (A) and (B) of this section,839
"statewide office" means the office of secretary of state, auditor840
of state, treasurer of state, attorney general, justice and chief841
justice of the supreme court, and member of the United States842
senate.843

       Sec. 3513.261.  A nominating petition may consist of one or844
more separate petition papers, each of which shall be845
substantially in the form prescribed in this section. If the846
petition consists of more than one separate petition paper, the847
statement of candidacy of the candidate or joint candidates named848
need be signed by the candidate or joint candidates on only one of849
such separate petition papers, but the statement of candidacy so850
signed shall be copied on each other separate petition paper851
before the signatures of electors are placed on it. Each852
nominating petition containing signatures of electors of more than853
one county shall consist of separate petition papers each of which854
shall contain signatures of electors of only one county; provided855
that petitions containing signatures of electors of more than one856
county shall not thereby be declared invalid. In case petitions857
containing signatures of electors of more than one county are858
filed, the board of elections shall determine the county from859
which the majority of the signatures came, and only signatures860
from this county shall be counted. Signatures from any other861
county shall be invalid.862

       All signatures on nominating petitions shall be written in863
ink or indelible pencil.864

       At the time of filing a nominating petition, the candidate865
designated in the nominating petition, and joint candidates for866
governor and lieutenant governor, shall pay to the election867
officials with whom it is filed the fees specified for the office868
under divisions (A) and (B) of section 3513.10 of the Revised869
Code. The fees shall be disposed of by those election officials in 870
the manner that is provided in section 3513.10 of the Revised Code 871
for the disposition of other fees, and in no case shall a fee872
required under that section be returned to a candidate.873

       Candidates or joint candidates whose names are written on the874
ballot, and who are elected, shall pay the same fees under section875
3513.10 of the Revised Code that candidates who file nominating876
petitions pay. Payment of these fees shall be a condition877
precedent to the granting of their certificates of election.878

       Each nominating petition shall contain a statement of879
candidacy that shall be signed by the candidate or joint880
candidates named in it. Such statement of candidacy shall contain 881
a declaration made under penalty of election falsification that 882
the candidate desires to be a candidate for the office named in 883
it, and that the candidate is an elector qualified to vote for the 884
office the candidate seeks.885

       The form of the nominating petition and statement of886
candidacy shall be substantially as follows:887

"STATEMENT OF CANDIDACY
888

       I, ................................... (Name of candidate),889
the undersigned, hereby declare under penalty of election890
falsification that my voting residence is in ................891
.......... Precinct of the ......................... (Township) or892
(Ward and City, or Village) in the county of ............... Ohio;893
that my post-office address is ............................894
(Street and Number, if any, or Rural Route and Number) of the895
............................... (City, Village, or post office) of896
...................., Ohio; and that I am a qualified elector in897
the precinct in which my voting residence is located. I hereby898
declare that I desire to be a candidate for election to the office899
of .............. in the ........................ (State,900
District, County, City, Village, Township, or School District) for901
the ...................................... (Full term or unexpired902
term ending ................) at the General Election to be held903
on the ........... day of ..............., ....904

       I further declare that I am an elector qualified to vote for905
the office I seek. Dated this ....... day of .............., ....906

907
(Signature of candidate) 908

       WHOEVER COMMITS ELECTION FALSIFICATION IS GUILTY OF A FELONY909
OF THE FIFTH DEGREE.910

       I, ................................., hereby constitute the911
persons named below a committee to represent me:912

Name Residence 913
914
915
916
917
918

NOMINATING PETITION
919

       We, the undersigned, qualified electors of the state of Ohio,920
whose voting residence is in the County, City, Village, Ward,921
Township or Precinct set opposite our names, hereby nominate922
.................... as a candidate for election to the office of923
........................... in the ............................924
(State, District, County, City, Village, Township, or School925
District) for the ................. (Full term or unexpired term926
ending ...................) to be voted for at the general927
election next hereafter to be held, and certify that this person928
is, in our opinion, well qualified to perform the duties of the929
office or position to which the person desires to be elected.930



931
Street 932
Address 933
or R.F.D. 934
(Must use 935
address on City, 936
file with Village 937
the board of or Date of 938
Signature elections) Township Ward Precinct County Signing 939
940
941
942
943

..........................., declares under penalty of election944
falsification that such person is a qualified elector of the state945
of Ohio and resides at the address appearing below such person's946
signature hereto; that such person is the circulator of the947
foregoing petition paper containing ................ signatures;948
that such person witnessed the affixing of every signature; that949
all signers were to the best of such person's knowledge and belief950
qualified to sign; and that every signature is to the best of such951
person's knowledge and belief the signature of the person whose952
signature it purports to be.953

954
(Signature of circulator) 955
956
(Address) 957
958
(If petition is for a statewide 959
candidate, the name and address 960
of person employing circulator 961
to circulate petition, if any) 962

       WHOEVER COMMITS ELECTION FALSIFICATION IS GUILTY OF A FELONY963
OF THE FIFTH DEGREE."964

       The secretary of state shall prescribe a form of nominating965
petition for a group of candidates for the office of member of a966
board of education, township office, and offices of municipal967
corporations of under two thousand population.968

       The secretary of state shall prescribe a form of statement of969
candidacy and nominating petition, which shall be substantially970
similar to the form of statement of candidacy and nominating971
petition set forth in this section, that will be suitable for972
joint candidates for the offices of governor and lieutenant973
governor.974

       If such petition nominates a candidate whose election is to975
be determined by the electors of a county or a district or976
subdivision within the county, it shall be filed with the board of977
such county. If the petition nominates a candidate whose election978
is to be determined by the voters of a subdivision located in more979
than one county, it shall be filed with the board of the county in980
which the major portion of the population of such subdivision is981
located.982

       If the petition nominates a candidate whose election is to be983
determined by the electors of a district comprised of more than984
one county but less than all of the counties of the state, it985
shall be filed with the board of elections of the most populous986
county in such district. If the petition nominates a candidate987
whose election is to be determined by the electors of the state at988
large, it shall be filed with the secretary of state.989

       The secretary of state or a board of elections shall not990
accept for filing a nominating petition of a person seeking to991
become a candidate if that person, for the same election, has992
already filed a declaration of candidacy, a declaration of intent993
to be a write-in candidate, or a nominating petition, or has994
become a candidate through party nomination at a primary election995
or by the filling of a vacancy under section 3513.30 or 3513.31 of996
the Revised Code for any state or county office, if the nominating997
petition is for a state or county office, or for any municipal or998
township office, for member of a city, local, or exempted village999
board of education, or for member of a governing board of an1000
educational service center, if the nominating petition is for a1001
municipal or township office, or for member of a city, local, or1002
exempted village board of education, or for member of a governing1003
board of an educational service center.1004

       Sec. 3517.01.  (A)(1) A political party within the meaning of1005
Title XXXV of the Revised Code is any group of voters that, at the1006
most recent regular state election, polled for its candidate for1007
governor in the state or nominees for presidential electors at1008
least five per cent of the entire vote cast for that office or1009
that filed with the secretary of state, subsequent to any election1010
in which it received less than five per cent of that vote, a1011
petition signed by qualified electors equal in number to at least1012
one per cent of the total vote for governor or nominees for1013
presidential electors at the most recent election, declaring their1014
intention of organizing a political party, the name of which shall1015
be stated in the declaration, and of participating in the1016
succeeding primary election, held in even-numbered years, that1017
occurs more than one hundred twenty days after the date of filing.1018
No such group of electors shall assume a name or designation that1019
is similar, in the opinion of the secretary of state, to that of1020
an existing political party as to confuse or mislead the voters at1021
an election. If any political party fails to cast five per cent of 1022
the total vote cast at an election for the office of governor or1023
president, it shall cease to be a political party.1024

       (2) A campaign committee shall be legally liable for any 1025
debts, contracts, or expenditures incurred or executed in its 1026
name.1027

       (B) Notwithstanding the definitions found in section 3501.011028
of the Revised Code, as used in this section,and sections 3517.081029
to 3517.14, and section 3517.99, and 3517.992 of the Revised Code:1030

       (1) "Campaign committee" means an entity that is formed by a 1031
candidate or a combination of two or more persons authorized by a 1032
candidate under section 3517.081 of the Revised Code to receive1033
contributions and make expenditures and that is legally liable for 1034
any debts, contracts, or expenditures incurred or executed in its 1035
name.1036

       (2) "Campaign treasurer" means an individual appointed by a1037
candidate under section 3517.081 of the Revised Code.1038

       (3) "Candidate" has the same meaning as in division (H) of1039
section 3501.01 of the Revised Code and also includes any person1040
who, at any time before or after an election, receives1041
contributions or makes expenditures or other use of contributions,1042
has given consent for another to receive contributions or make1043
expenditures or other use of contributions, or appoints a campaign1044
treasurer, for the purpose of bringing about the person's1045
nomination or election to public office. When two persons jointly1046
seek the offices of governor and lieutenant governor, "candidate"1047
means the pair of candidates jointly. "Candidate" does not include 1048
candidates for election to the offices of member of a county or 1049
state central committee, presidential elector, and delegate to a 1050
national convention or conference of a political party.1051

       (4) "Continuing association" means an association, other than 1052
a campaign committee, political party, legislative campaign fund, 1053
political contributing entity, or labor organization, that is 1054
intended to be a permanent organization that has a primary purpose 1055
other than supporting or opposing specific candidates, political 1056
parties, or ballot issues, and that functions on a regular basis1057
throughout the year. "Continuing association" includes 1058
organizations that are determined to be not organized for profit 1059
under subsection 501 and that are described in subsection 1060
501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), or 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code.1061

       (5) "Contribution" means a loan, gift, deposit, forgiveness1062
of indebtedness, donation, advance, payment, or transfer of funds 1063
or transfer of anything of value, including a transfer of funds1064
from an inter vivos or testamentary trust or decedent's estate, 1065
and the payment by any person other than the person to whom the 1066
services are rendered for the personal services of another person, 1067
which contribution is made, received, or used for the purpose of1068
influencing the results of an election. "Contribution"Any loan, 1069
gift, deposit, forgiveness of indebtedness, donation, advance, 1070
payment, or transfer of funds or of anything of value, including a 1071
transfer of funds from an inter vivos or testamentary trust or 1072
decedent's estate, and the payment by any campaign committee, 1073
political action committee, legislative campaign fund, political 1074
party, or person other than the person to whom the services are 1075
rendered for the personal services of another person, that is 1076
made, received, or used by a state or county political party, 1077
other than moneys a state or county political party receives from 1078
the Ohio political party fund pursuant to section 3517.17 of the 1079
Revised Code and the moneys a state or county political party may 1080
receive under sections 3517.101 and 3517.1012 of the Revised Code, 1081
shall be considered to be a "contribution" for the purpose of 1082
section 3517.10 of the Revised Code and shall be included on a 1083
statement of contributions filed under that section.1084

       "Contribution" does not include any of the following:1085

       (a) Services provided without compensation by individuals1086
volunteering a portion or all of their time on behalf of a person;1087

       (b) Ordinary home hospitality;1088

       (c) The personal expenses of a volunteer paid for by that1089
volunteer campaign worker;1090

       (d) Any gift given to a state or county political party1091
pursuant to section 3517.101 of the Revised Code. As used in1092
division (B)(5)(d) of this section, "political party" means only a1093
major political party;1094

       (e) Any contribution as defined in section 3517.1011 of the 1095
Revised Code that is made, received, or used to pay the direct 1096
costs of producing or airing an electioneering communication;1097

       (f) Any gift given to a state or county political party for 1098
the party's restricted fund under division (A)(2) of section 1099
3517.1012 of the Revised Code.1100

       (6) "Expenditure" means the disbursement or use of a1101
contribution for the purpose of influencing the results of an1102
election or of making a charitable donation under division (G) of1103
section 3517.08 of the Revised Code. Any disbursement or use of a 1104
contribution by a state or county political party is an 1105
expenditure and shall be considered either to be made for the 1106
purpose of influencing the results of an election or to be made as 1107
a charitable donation under division (G) of section 3517.08 of the 1108
Revised Code and shall be reported on a statement of expenditures 1109
filed under section 3517.10 of the Revised Code. During the thirty 1110
days preceding a primary or general election, any disbursement to 1111
pay the direct costs of producing or airing a broadcast, cable, or 1112
satellite communication that refers to a clearly identified 1113
candidate shall be considered to be made for the purpose of 1114
influencing the results of that election and shall be reported as 1115
an expenditure or as an independent expenditure under section 1116
3517.10 or 3517.105 of the Revised Code, as applicable, except 1117
that the information required to be reported regarding 1118
contributors for those expenditures or independent expenditures 1119
shall be the same as the information required to be reported under 1120
division (D)(1) and (2) of section 3517.1011 of the Revised Code.1121

       As used in this division, "broadcast, cable, or satellite 1122
communication" and "refers to a clearly identified candidate" have 1123
the same meanings as in section 3517.1011 of the Revised Code.1124

       (7) "Personal expenses" includes, but is not limited to,1125
ordinary expenses for accommodations, clothing, food, personal1126
motor vehicle or airplane, and home telephone.1127

       (8) "Political action committee" means a combination of two1128
or more persons, the primary or incidentalmajor purpose of which 1129
is to support or oppose any candidate, political party, or issue, 1130
or to influence the result of any election through express 1131
advocacy, and that is not a political party, a campaign committee,1132
a political contributing entity, or a legislative campaign fund. 1133
"Political action committee" does not include a continuing 1134
association that makes disbursements for the direct costs of 1135
producing or airing electioneering communications and that does 1136
not engage in express advocacy.1137

       (9) "Public office" means any state, county, municipal,1138
township, andor district office, except an office of a political1139
party, that is filled by an election and the offices of United1140
States senator and congressmanrepresentative.1141

       (10) "Anything of value" has the same meaning as in section1142
1.03 of the Revised Code.1143

       (11) "Beneficiary of a campaign fund" means a candidate, a1144
public official or employee for whose benefit a campaign fund1145
exists, and any other person who has ever been a candidate or1146
public official or employee and for whose benefit a campaign fund1147
exists.1148

       (12) "Campaign fund" means money or other property, including 1149
contributions.1150

       (13) "Public official or employee" has the same meaning as in 1151
section 102.01 of the Revised Code.1152

       (14) "Caucus" means all of the members of the house of1153
representatives or all of the members of the senate of the general1154
assembly who are members of the same political party.1155

       (15) "Legislative campaign fund" means a fund that is1156
established as an auxiliary of a state political party and1157
associated with one of the houses of the general assembly.1158

       (16) "In-kind contribution" means anything of value other1159
than money that is used to influence the results of an election or1160
is transferred to or used in support of or in opposition to a1161
candidate, campaign committee, legislative campaign fund,1162
political party, or political action committee, or political1163
contributing entity and that is made with the consent of, in1164
coordination, cooperation, or consultation with, or at the request1165
or suggestion of the benefited candidate, committee, fund, or1166
party, or entity. The financing of the dissemination, 1167
distribution, or republication, in whole or part, of any broadcast 1168
or of any written, graphic, or other form of campaign materials 1169
prepared by the candidate, the candidate's campaign committee, or 1170
their authorized agents is an in-kind contribution to the 1171
candidate and an expenditure by the candidate.1172

       (17) "Independent expenditure" means an expenditure by a1173
person advocating the election or defeat of an identified1174
candidate or candidates, that is not made with the consent of, in1175
coordination, cooperation, or consultation with, or at the request1176
or suggestion of any candidate or candidates or of the campaign1177
committee or agent of the candidate or candidates. As used in1178
division (B)(17) of this section:1179

       (a) "Person" means an individual, partnership, unincorporated 1180
business organization or association, political action committee, 1181
political contributing entity, separate segregated fund, 1182
association, or any other organization or group of persons, but 1183
not a labor organization or a corporation unless the labor 1184
organization or corporation is a political contributing entity.1185

       (b) "Advocating" means any communication containing a message 1186
advocating election or defeat.1187

       (c) "Identified candidate" means that the name of the1188
candidate appears, a photograph or drawing of the candidate1189
appears, or the identity of the candidate is otherwise apparent by1190
unambiguous reference.1191

       (d) "Made in coordination, cooperation, or consultation with, 1192
or at the request or suggestion of, any candidate or the campaign 1193
committee or agent of the candidate" means made pursuant to any 1194
arrangement, coordination, or direction by the candidate, the 1195
candidate's campaign committee, or the candidate's agent prior to 1196
the publication, distribution, display, or broadcast of the1197
communication. An expenditure is presumed to be so made when it is 1198
any of the following:1199

       (i) Based on information about the candidate's plans,1200
projects, or needs provided to the person making the expenditure1201
by the candidate, or by the candidate's campaign committee or1202
agent, with a view toward having an expenditure made;1203

       (ii) Made by or through any person who is, or has been,1204
authorized to raise or expend funds, who is, or has been, an1205
officer of the candidate's campaign committee, or who is, or has1206
been, receiving any form of compensation or reimbursement from the1207
candidate or the candidate's campaign committee or agent;1208

       (iii) MadeExcept as otherwise provided in division (D) of 1209
section 3517.105 of the Revised Code, made by a political party in 1210
support of a candidate, unless the expenditure is made by a 1211
political party to conduct voter registration or voter education 1212
efforts.1213

       (e) "Agent" means any person who has actual oral or written1214
authority, either express or implied, to make or to authorize the1215
making of expenditures on behalf of a candidate, or means any1216
person who has been placed in a position with the candidate's1217
campaign committee or organization such that it would reasonably1218
appear that in the ordinary course of campaign-related activities1219
the person may authorize expenditures.1220

       (18) "Labor organization" means a labor union; an employee1221
organization; a federation of labor unions, groups, locals, or1222
other employee organizations; an auxiliary of a labor union,1223
employee organization, or federation of labor unions, groups,1224
locals, or other employee organizations; or any other bona fide1225
organization in which employees participate and that exists for1226
the purpose, in whole or in part, of dealing with employers1227
concerning grievances, labor disputes, wages, hours, and other1228
terms and conditions of employment.1229

       (19) "Separate segregated fund" means a separate segregated1230
fund established pursuant to the Federal Election Campaign Act.1231

       (20) "Federal Election Campaign Act" means the "Federal1232
Election Campaign Act of 1971," 86 Stat. 11, 2 U.S.C.A. 431, et1233
seq., as amended.1234

       (21) "Political contributing entity" means any entity,1235
including a corporation or labor organization, that may lawfully1236
make contributions and expenditures and that is not an individual1237
or a political action committee, continuing association, campaign1238
committee, political party, legislative campaign fund, designated1239
state campaign committee, or state candidate fund. For purposes of 1240
division (B)(21) of this section, "lawfully" means not prohibited 1241
by any section of the Revised Code, or authorized by a final 1242
judgment of a court of competent jurisdiction."Restricted fund" 1243
means the fund a state or county political party must establish 1244
under division (A)(1) of section 3517.1012 of the Revised Code.1245

       (22) "Electioneering communication" has the same meaning as 1246
in section 3517.1011 of the Revised Code.1247

       (23) "Express advocacy" means a communication that contains 1248
express words advocating the nomination, election, or defeat of a 1249
candidate or that contains express words advocating the adoption 1250
or defeat of a question or issue, as determined by a final 1251
judgment of a court of competent jurisdiction.1252

       (24) "Political committee" has the same meaning as in section 1253
3517.1011 of the Revised Code.1254

       (25) "Political fundraiser" has the same meaning as in 1255
section 3517.30 of the Revised Code.1256

       Sec. 3517.08.  (A) The personal expenses of a candidate paid 1257
for by the candidate, from the candidate's personal funds, shall 1258
not be considered as a contribution by or an expenditure by the1259
candidate and shall not be reported under section 3517.10 of the 1260
Revised Code.1261

       (B)(1) An expenditure by a political action committee or a 1262
political contributing entity shall not be considered a1263
contribution by the political action committee or the political 1264
contributing entity or an expenditure by or on behalf of the 1265
candidate if the purpose of the expenditure is to inform only its 1266
members by means of mailed publications of its activities or1267
endorsements.1268

       (2) An expenditure by a political party shall not be 1269
considered a contribution by the political party or an expenditure 1270
by or on behalf of the candidate if the purpose of the expenditure 1271
is to inform predominantly the party's members by means of mailed1272
publications or other direct communication of its activities or1273
endorsements, or for voter contact such as sample ballots, absent 1274
voter's ballots application mailings, voter registration, or 1275
get-out-the-vote activities.1276

       (C) An expenditure by a continuing association, political1277
contributing entity, or political party shall not be considered a 1278
contribution to any campaign committee or an expenditure by or on 1279
behalf of any campaign committee if the purpose of the expenditure 1280
is for the staff and maintenance of the continuing association's, 1281
political contributing entity's, or political party's 1282
headquarters, or for a political poll, survey, index, or other 1283
type of measurement not on behalf of a specific candidate.1284

       (D) The expenses of maintaining a constituent office paid1285
for, from the candidate's personal funds, by a candidate who is a 1286
member of the general assembly at the time of the election shall 1287
not be considered a contribution by or an expenditure by or on 1288
behalf of the candidate, and shall not be reported, if the 1289
constituent office is not used for any candidate's campaign 1290
activities.1291

       (E) The net contribution of each social or fund-raising 1292
activity shall be calculated by totaling all contributions to the 1293
activity minus the expenditures made for the activity.1294

       (F) An expenditure that purchases goods or services shall be 1295
attributed to an election when the disbursement of funds is made, 1296
rather than at the time the goods or services are used. The 1297
secretary of state, under the procedures of Chapter 119. of the 1298
Revised Code, shall establish rules for the attribution of1299
expenditures to a candidate when the candidate is a candidate for 1300
more than one office during a reporting period and for 1301
expenditures made in a year in which no election is held. The 1302
secretary of state shall further define by rule those expenditures 1303
that are or are not by or on behalf of a candidate.1304

       (G) An expenditure for the purpose of a charitable donation 1305
may be made if it is made to an organization that is exempt from 1306
federal income taxation under subsection 501(a) and described in 1307
subsection 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), 501(c)(8), 501(c)(10), or 1308
501(c)(19) of the Internal Revenue Code or is approved by advisory 1309
opinion of the Ohio elections commission as a legitimate 1310
charitable organization. Each expenditure under this division 1311
shall be separately itemized on statements made pursuant to1312
section 3517.10 of the Revised Code.1313

       Sec. 3517.082.  (A) Any corporation, any nonprofit 1314
corporation, or any labor organization may establish, administer, 1315
and solicit contributions from the persons listed in division (B) 1316
of this section, to either or both of the following:1317

       (1) A political action committee of the corporation or labor1318
organization with respect to state and local elections;1319

       (2) A separate segregated fund pursuant to the Federal1320
Election Campaign Act.1321

       (B)(1) A corporation and a nonprofit corporation may solicit 1322
contributions from its stockholders, officers, directors, trustees 1323
that are not corporations or labor organizations, and employees.1324

       (2) A nonprofit corporation also may solicit contributions1325
from:1326

       (a) Its members that are not corporations or labor 1327
organizations;1328

       (b) Officers, directors, trustees that are not corporations 1329
or labor organizations, and employees of any members of the 1330
nonprofit corporation.1331

       (3) A labor organization may solicit contributions from its1332
members, officers, and employees.1333

       (C) A corporation, nonprofit corporation, or labor 1334
organization shall report to a political action committee, or to a 1335
separate segregated fund with respect to state and local 1336
elections, the following costs expended by the corporation, 1337
nonprofit corporation, or labor organization that are associated 1338
with establishing, administering, and soliciting contributions to 1339
the political action committee or separate segregated fund 1340
pursuant to division (A) of this section:1341

       (1) Mailing and printing expenses for direct solicitation of 1342
contributions pursuant to division (D) of this section;1343

       (2) The portion of an employee's salary or wages attributable 1344
to time hethe employee spends in activities related to 1345
establishing, administering, and soliciting contributions to a1346
political action committee or separate segregated fund, if that 1347
time exceeds during a reporting period fifty per cent of the time1348
for which the employee is compensated by the corporation, 1349
nonprofit corporation, or labor organization;1350

       (3) The cost associated with the purchase, lease, operation, 1351
and use of equipment for activities related to establishing, 1352
administering, and soliciting contributions to a political action 1353
committee or separate segregated fund if during a reporting period 1354
more than fifty per cent of the use of the equipment is for those 1355
activities;1356

       (4) Professional fees paid by the corporation, nonprofit 1357
corporation, or labor organization for establishing, 1358
administering, and soliciting contributions to a political action 1359
committee or separate segregated fund.1360

       The political action committee shall itemize the amounts and 1361
purposes of those costs expended by the corporation, nonprofit 1362
corporation, or labor organization and file them as part of the 1363
statement required of political action committees under division 1364
(A) of section 3517.10 of the Revised Code on a form prescribed by 1365
the secretary of state. The separate segregated fund with respect 1366
to state and local elections shall file with the secretary of 1367
state a copy of the portion of each report and statement required 1368
under the Federal Election Campaign Act that applies to state and 1369
local elections at the same time that the entire original report 1370
is filed in accordance with that act.1371

       (D) Solicitations of contributions pursuant to division (B) 1372
of this section from employees of a corporation or members and1373
employees of a labor organization other than executive and1374
administrative employees of a corporation or officers and 1375
executive and administrative employees of a labor organization 1376
shall be in writing and shall not be made more than four times 1377
during each calendar year. Any person who solicits any employee of 1378
a corporation or member or employee of a labor organization for a1379
contribution to a political action committee established or 1380
administered by the corporation or labor organization under 1381
division (A)(1) of this section shall inform the employee or 1382
member at the time of the solicitation that he may refuse to make 1383
a contribution without suffering any reprisal.1384

       (E) In addition to the laws listed in division (A) of section 1385
4117.10 of the Revised Code that prevail over conflicting1386
agreements between employee organizations and public employers,1387
this section prevails over any conflicting provisions of 1388
agreements between labor organizations and public employers 1389
pursuant to Chapter 4117. of the Revised Code A corporation, 1390
nonprofit corporation, or labor organization may obtain 1391
contributions for a political action committee or a separate 1392
segregated fund under this section from an individual described in 1393
division (B) of this section from whom the corporation, nonprofit 1394
corporation, or labor organization was not obtaining contributions 1395
before the effective date of this amendment on an automatic basis, 1396
including, but not limited to, a payroll deduction plan, only if 1397
the individual who is contributing to the political action 1398
committee or separate segregated fund affirmatively consents to 1399
the contribution in writing.1400

       (E) In addition to the laws listed in division (A) of section 1401
4117.10 of the Revised Code that prevail over conflicting 1402
agreements between employee organizations and public employers, 1403
this section prevails over any conflicting provisions of 1404
agreements between labor organizations and public employers that 1405
are entered into on or after the effective date of this amendment 1406
pursuant to Chapter 4117. of the Revised Code.1407

       Sec. 3517.09.  (A) No person or committee shall solicit, ask,1408
invite, or demand, directly or indirectly, orally or in writing, a 1409
contribution, subscription, or payment from a candidate for1410
nomination or election or from the campaign committee of that1411
candidate, and no person shall solicit, ask, invite, or demand 1412
that a candidate for nomination or election or the campaign1413
committee of that candidate subscribe to the support of a club or 1414
organization, buy tickets to an entertainment, ball, supper, or 1415
other meeting, or pay for space in a book, program, or 1416
publication. This division does not apply to any of the following:1417

       (1) Regular advertisements in periodicals having an 1418
established circulation;1419

       (2) Regular payments to civic, political, fraternal, social, 1420
charitable, or religious organizations of which the candidate was 1421
a member or contributor six months before the candidate's 1422
candidacy;1423

       (3) Regular party assessments made by a party against its own1424
candidates.1425

       (B) No person shall coerce, intimidate, or cause harm to 1426
another person by an act or failure to act, or shall threaten to 1427
coerce, intimidate, or cause harm to another person, because that 1428
other person makes or does not make a contribution to a candidate, 1429
campaign committee, political party, legislative campaign fund, 1430
political action committee, or political contributing entity1431
electioneering communication committee.1432

       (C) An employer or labor organization that, directly or 1433
through another person, solicits an employee of the employer or a 1434
member of the labor organizationfor acontribution to a1435
candidate, campaign committee, political action committee,1436
legislative campaign fund, political party, orpolitical 1437
contributing entity shall inform the employee or member at the 1438
time of the solicitation that making a contribution is voluntary 1439
and that a decision of the employee or member to make a 1440
contribution or not to make a contribution will not benefit the 1441
employee or member or place the employee or member at a 1442
disadvantage with respect to employment by the employer or 1443
membership in the labor organizationAn employer or labor 1444
organization, directly or through another person, may obtain 1445
contributions for a candidate, campaign committee, political 1446
action committee, legislative campaign fund, political party, or 1447
person or political committee making disbursements to pay the 1448
direct costs of producing or airing electioneering communications 1449
from an employee or member from whom the employer or labor 1450
organization was not obtaining contributions before the effective 1451
date of this amendment on an automatic basis, including, but not 1452
limited to, a payroll deduction plan, only if the employee or 1453
member who is contributing to the candidate, campaign committee, 1454
political action committee, legislative campaign fund, political 1455
party, or person or political committee making disbursements to 1456
pay the direct costs of producing or airing electioneering 1457
communications affirmatively consents to the contribution in 1458
writing.1459

       (D) In addition to the laws listed in division (A) of section 1460
4117.10 of the Revised Code that prevail over conflicting 1461
agreements between employee organizations and public employers, 1462
this section prevails over any conflicting provisions of 1463
agreements between labor organizations and public employers that 1464
are entered into on or after the effective date of this amendment 1465
pursuant to Chapter 4117. of the Revised Code.1466

       Sec. 3517.092.  (A) As used in this section:1467

       (1) "Appointing authority" has the same meaning as in section 1468
124.01 of the Revised Code.1469

       (2) "State elected officer" means any person appointed or 1470
elected to a state elective office.1471

       (3) "State elective office" means any of the offices of 1472
governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, auditor of 1473
state, treasurer of state, attorney general, member of the state1474
board of education, member of the general assembly, and justice 1475
and chief justice of the supreme court.1476

       (4) "County elected officer" means any person appointed or 1477
elected to a county elective office.1478

       (5) "County elective office" means any of the offices of 1479
county auditor, county treasurer, clerk of the court of common 1480
pleas, sheriff, county recorder, county engineer, county 1481
commissioner, prosecuting attorney, and coroner.1482

       (6) "Contribution" includes a contribution to any political 1483
party, campaign committee, political action committee, political 1484
contributing entity, or legislative campaign fund.1485

       (B) No state elected officer, no campaign committee of such 1486
an officer, and no other person or entity shall knowingly solicit 1487
or accept a contribution on behalf of that officer or that 1488
officer's campaign committee from any of the following:1489

       (1) A state employee whose appointing authority is the state 1490
elected officer;1491

       (2) A state employee whose appointing authority is authorized 1492
or required by law to be appointed by the state elected officer;1493

       (3) A state employee who functions in or is employed in or by 1494
the same public agency, department, division, or office as the 1495
state elected officer.1496

       (C) No candidate for a state elective office, no campaign1497
committee of such a candidate, and no other person or entity shall 1498
knowingly solicit or accept a contribution on behalf of that 1499
candidate or that candidate's campaign committee from any of the 1500
following:1501

       (1) A state employee at the time of the solicitation, whose 1502
appointing authority will be the candidate, if elected;1503

       (2) A state employee at the time of the solicitation, whose 1504
appointing authority will be appointed by the candidate, if1505
elected, as authorized or required by law;1506

       (3) A state employee at the time of the solicitation, who 1507
will function in or be employed in or by the same public agency, 1508
department, division, or office as the candidate, if elected.1509

       (D) No county elected officer, no campaign committee of such 1510
an officer, and no other person or entity shall knowingly solicit 1511
a contribution on behalf of that officer or that officer's 1512
campaign committee from any of the following:1513

       (1) A county employee whose appointing authority is the1514
county elected officer;1515

       (2) A county employee whose appointing authority is1516
authorized or required by law to be appointed by the county1517
elected officer;1518

       (3) A county employee who functions in or is employed in or 1519
by the same public agency, department, division, or office as the 1520
county elected officer.1521

       (E) No candidate for a county elective office, no campaign 1522
committee of such a candidate, and no other person or entity shall 1523
knowingly solicit a contribution on behalf of that candidate or 1524
that candidate's campaign committee from any of the following:1525

       (1) A county employee at the time of the solicitation, whose 1526
appointing authority will be the candidate, if elected;1527

       (2) A county employee at the time of the solicitation, whose 1528
appointing authority will be appointed by the candidate, if1529
elected, as authorized or required by law;1530

       (3) A county employee at the time of the solicitation, who 1531
will function in or be employed in or by the same public agency, 1532
department, division, or office as the candidate, if elected.1533

       (F)(1) No public employee shall solicit a contribution from 1534
any person while the public employee is performing the public 1535
employee's official duties or in those areas of a public building 1536
where official business is transacted or conducted.1537

       (2) No person shall solicit a contribution from any public 1538
employee while the public employee is performing the public 1539
employee's official duties or is in those areas of a public 1540
building where official business is transacted or conducted.1541

       (3) As used in division (F) of this section, "public 1542
employee" does not include any person holding an elective office.1543

       (G) The prohibitions in divisions (B), (C), (D), (E), and (F) 1544
of this section are in addition to the prohibitions in sections 1545
124.57, 3304.22, and 4503.032 of the Revised Code.1546

       Sec. 3517.10.  (A) Except as otherwise provided in this1547
division, every campaign committee, political action committee,1548
legislative campaign fund, and political party, and political1549
contributing entity that made or received a contribution or made1550
an expenditure in connection with the nomination or election of1551
any candidate or in connection with any ballot issue or question1552
at any election held or to be held in this state shall file, on a1553
form prescribed under this section,or by electronic means of1554
transmission as provided in this section and section 3517.106 of1555
the Revised Code, or, until March 1, 2004, on computer disk as1556
provided in section 3517.106 of the Revised Code, a full, true,1557
and itemized statement, made under penalty of election1558
falsification, setting forth in detail the contributions and1559
expenditures, nonot later than four p.m. of the following dates:1560

       (1) The twelfth day before the election to reflect1561
contributions received and expenditures made from the close of1562
business on the last day reflected in the last previously filed1563
statement, if any, to the close of business on the twentieth day1564
before the election;1565

       (2) The thirty-eighth day after the election to reflect the1566
contributions received and expenditures made from the close of1567
business on the last day reflected in the last previously filed1568
statement, if any, to the close of business on the seventh day1569
before the filing of the statement;1570

       (3) The last business day of January of every year to reflect 1571
the contributions received and expenditures made from the close of 1572
business on the last day reflected in the last previously filed 1573
statement, if any, to the close of business on the last day of 1574
December of the previous year;1575

       (4) The last business day of July of every year to reflect 1576
the contributions received and expenditures made from the close of 1577
business on the last day reflected in the last previously filed 1578
statement, if any, to the close of business on the last day of 1579
June of that year.1580

       A campaign committee shall only be required to file the1581
statements prescribed under divisions (A)(1) and (2) of this1582
section in connection with the nomination or election of the1583
committee's candidate.1584

       The statement required under division (A)(1) of this section1585
shall not be required of any campaign committee, political action1586
committee, legislative campaign fund, or political party, or1587
political contributing entity that has received contributions of1588
less than one thousand dollars and has made expenditures of less1589
than one thousand dollars at the close of business on the1590
twentieth day before the election. Those contributions and1591
expenditures shall be reported in the statement required under1592
division (A)(2) of this section.1593

       If an election to select candidates to appear on the general1594
election ballot is held within sixty days before a general1595
election, the campaign committee of a successful candidate in the1596
earlier election may file the statement required by division1597
(A)(1) of this section for the general election instead of the1598
statement required by division (A)(2) of this section for the1599
earlier election if the pregeneral election statement reflects the1600
status of contributions and expenditures for the period twenty1601
days before the earlier election to twenty days before the general1602
election.1603

       If a person becomes a candidate less than twenty days before1604
an election, the candidate's campaign committee is not required to1605
file the statement required by division (A)(1) of this section.1606

       No statement under division (A)(3) or (4) of this section 1607
shall be required for any year in which a campaign committee, 1608
political action committee, legislative campaign fund, or1609
political party, or political contributing entity is required to1610
file a postgeneral election statement under division (A)(2) of 1611
this section. However, such a statement may be filed, at the 1612
option of the campaign committee, political action committee,1613
legislative campaign fund, or political party, or political1614
contributing entity.1615

       No statement under division (A)(3) or (4) of this section 1616
shall be required if the campaign committee, political action 1617
committee, legislative campaign fund, or political party, or 1618
political contributing entity has no contributions that it has 1619
received and no expenditures that it has made since the last date 1620
reflected in its last previously filed statement. However, the 1621
campaign committee, political action committee, legislative 1622
campaign fund, or political party, or political contributing 1623
entity shall file a statement to that effect, on a form prescribed 1624
under this section and made under penalty of election 1625
falsification, on the date required in division (A)(3) or (4) of 1626
this section, as applicable.1627

       The campaign committee of a statewide candidate shall file a1628
monthly statement of contributions received during each of the1629
months of July, August, and September in the year of the general1630
election in which the candidate seeks office. The campaign1631
committee of a statewide candidate shall file the monthly1632
statement not later than three business days after the last day of1633
the month covered by the statement. During the period beginning on 1634
the nineteenth day before the general election in which a1635
statewide candidate seeks election to office and extending through1636
the day of that general election, each time the campaign committee1637
of the joint candidates for the offices of governor and lieutenant1638
governor or of a candidate for the office of secretary of state,1639
auditor of state, treasurer of state, or attorney general receives1640
a contribution from a contributor that causes the aggregate amount1641
of contributions received from that contributor during that period1642
to equal or exceed twoten thousand five hundred dollars and each 1643
time the campaign committee of a candidate for the office of chief1644
justice or justice of the supreme court receives a contribution1645
from a contributor that causes the aggregate amount of1646
contributions received from that contributor during that period to1647
exceed five hundredten thousand dollars, the campaign committee1648
shall file a two-business-day statement reflecting that1649
contribution. During the period beginning on the nineteenth day 1650
before a primary election in which a candidate for statewide1651
office seeks nomination to office and extending through the day of 1652
that primary election, each time either the campaign committee of 1653
a statewide candidate in that primary election that files a notice 1654
under division (C)(1) of section 3517.103 of the Revised Code or 1655
the campaign committee of a statewide candidate in that primary1656
election to which, in accordance with division (D) of section1657
3517.103 of the Revised Code, the contribution limitations1658
prescribed in section 3517.102 of the Revised Code no longer apply1659
receives a contribution from a contributor that causes the1660
aggregate amount of contributions received from that contributor1661
during that period to exceed twoten thousand five hundred1662
dollars, the campaign committee shall file a two-business-day 1663
statement reflecting that contribution. Contributions reported on 1664
a two-business-day statement required to be filed by a campaign1665
committee of a statewide candidate in a primary election shall1666
also be included in the postprimary election statement required to1667
be filed by that campaign committee under division (A)(2) of this1668
section. A two-business-day statement required by this paragraph1669
shall be filed not later than two business days after receipt of1670
the contribution. The statements required by this paragraph shall1671
be filed in addition to any other statements required by this1672
section.1673

       Subject to the secretary of state having implemented, tested, 1674
and verified the successful operation of any system the secretary 1675
of state prescribes pursuant to divisions (C)(6)(b) and (D)(6) of 1676
this section and division (H)(1) of section 3517.106 of the 1677
Revised Code for the filing of campaign finance statements by 1678
electronic means of transmission, a campaign committee of a 1679
statewide candidate shall file a two-business-day statement under 1680
the preceding paragraph by electronic means of transmission if the1681
campaign committee is required to file a preelectionpre-election,1682
postelection, or monthly statement of contributions and1683
expenditures by electronic means of transmission under this1684
section or section 3517.106 of the Revised Code.1685

       If a campaign committee or political action committee has no1686
balance on hand and no outstanding obligations and desires to1687
terminate itself, it shall file a statement to that effect, on a1688
form prescribed under this section and made under penalty of1689
election falsification, with the official with whom it files a1690
statement under division (A) of this section after filing a final1691
statement of contributions and a final statement of expenditures,1692
if contributions have been received or expenditures made since the1693
period reflected in its last previously filed statement.1694

       (B) Except as otherwise provided in division (C)(7) of this1695
section, each statement required by division (A) of this section1696
shall contain the following information:1697

       (1) The full name and address of each campaign committee,1698
political action committee, legislative campaign fund, or1699
political party, or political contributing entity, including any1700
treasurer of the committee, fund, or party, or entity, filing a 1701
contribution and expenditure statement;1702

       (2)(a) In the case of a campaign committee, the candidate's1703
full name and address;1704

       (b) In the case of a political action committee, the1705
registration number assigned to the committee under division1706
(D)(1) of this section.1707

       (3) The date of the election and whether it was or will be a1708
general, primary, or special election;1709

       (4) A statement of contributions received, which shall1710
include the following information:1711

       (a) The month, day, and year of the contribution;1712

       (b)(i) The full name and address of each person, political1713
party, campaign committee, legislative campaign fund, or political1714
action committee, or political contributing entity from whom1715
contributions are received and the registration number assigned to1716
the political action committee under division (D)(1) of this1717
section. The requirement of filing the full address does not apply 1718
to any statement filed by a state or local committee of a1719
political party, to a finance committee of such committee, or to a1720
committee recognized by a state or local committee as its1721
fund-raising auxiliary. Notwithstanding division (F)(1) of this1722
section, the requirement of filing the full address shall be1723
considered as being met if the address filed is the same address1724
the contributor provided under division (E)(1) of this section.1725

       (ii) If a political action committee, legislative campaign 1726
fund, or political party that is required to file campaign finance 1727
statements by electronic means of transmission under section 1728
3517.106 of the Revised Code or a campaign committee of a 1729
statewide candidate or candidate for the office of member of the 1730
general assembly receives a contribution from an individual that 1731
exceeds one hundred dollars, the name of the individual's current 1732
employer, if any, or, if the individual is self-employed, the1733
individual's occupation and the name of the individual's business, 1734
if any;1735

       (iii) If a campaign committee of a statewide candidate or1736
candidate for the office of member of the general assembly1737
receives a contribution transmitted pursuant to section 3599.0311738
of the Revised Code from amounts deducted from the wages and1739
salaries of two or more employees that exceeds in the aggregate1740
one hundred dollars during any one filing period under division1741
(A)(1), (2), or (3), or (4) of this section, the full name of the1742
employees' employer and the full name of the labor organization of1743
which the employees are members, if any.1744

       (c) A description of the contribution received, if other than 1745
money;1746

       (d) The value in dollars and cents of the contribution;1747

       (e) A separately itemized account of all contributions and1748
expenditures regardless of the amount, except a receipt of a1749
contribution from a person in the sum of twenty-five dollars or1750
less at one social or fund-raising activity and a receipt of a1751
contribution transmitted pursuant to section 3599.031 of the1752
Revised Code from amounts deducted from the wages and salaries of1753
employees if the contribution from the amount deducted from the1754
wages and salary of any one employee is twenty-five dollars or1755
less aggregated in a calendar year. An account of the total1756
contributions from each social or fund-raising activity shall1757
include a description of and the value of each in-kind1758
contribution received at that activity from any person who made1759
one or more such contributions whose aggregate value exceeded two1760
hundred fifty dollars and shall be listed separately, together1761
with the expenses incurred and paid in connection with that1762
activity. A campaign committee, political action committee,1763
legislative campaign fund, or political party, or political1764
contributing entity shall keep records of contributions from each1765
person in the amount of twenty-five dollars or less at one social1766
or fund-raising activity and contributions from amounts deducted1767
under section 3599.031 of the Revised Code from the wages and1768
salary of each employee in the amount of twenty-five dollars or1769
less aggregated in a calendar year. No continuing association that1770
is recognized by a state or local committee of a political party 1771
as an auxiliary of the party and that makes a contribution from 1772
funds derived solely from regular dues paid by members of the1773
auxiliary shall be required to list the name or address of any1774
members who paid those dues.1775

       Contributions that are other income shall be itemized1776
separately from all other contributions. The information required1777
under division (B)(4) of this section shall be provided for all1778
other income itemized. As used in this paragraph, "other income"1779
means a loan, investment income, or interest income.1780

       (f) In the case of a campaign committee of a state elected1781
officer, if a person doing business with the state elected officer1782
in the officer's official capacity makes a contribution to the1783
campaign committee of that officer, the information required under1784
division (B)(4) of this section in regard to that contribution,1785
which shall be filed together with and considered a part of the1786
committee's statement of contributions as required under division1787
(A) of this section but shall be filed on a separate form provided1788
by the secretary of state. As used in this division (B)(4)(f) of 1789
this section:1790

       (i) "State elected officer" has the same meaning as in1791
section 3517.092 of the Revised Code.1792

       (ii) "Person doing business" means a person or an officer of1793
an entity who enters into one or more contracts with a state1794
elected officer or anyone authorized to enter into contracts on1795
behalf of that officer to receive payments for goods or services,1796
if the payments total, in the aggregate, more than five thousand1797
dollars during a calendar year.1798

       (g) In the case of a contributor who is an individual, the 1799
age of the contributor.1800

       (h) In the case of a contribution received through the 1801
efforts of a political fundraiser, the fact that the contribution 1802
was received through those efforts and the identity of that 1803
political fundraiser.1804

       (5) A statement of expenditures which shall include the1805
following information:1806

       (a) The month, day, and year of the expenditure;1807

       (b) The full name and address of each person, political1808
party, campaign committee, legislative campaign fund, or political1809
action committee, or political contributing entity to whom the1810
expenditure was made and the registration number assigned to the1811
political action committee under division (D)(1) of this section;1812

       (c) The object or purpose for which the expenditure was made;1813

       (d) The amount of each expenditure.1814

       (C)(1) The statement of contributions and expenditures shall1815
be signed by the person completing the form. If a statement of1816
contributions and expenditures is filed by electronic means of1817
transmission pursuant to this section or section 3517.106 of the1818
Revised Code, the electronic signature of the person who executes1819
the statement and transmits the statement by electronic means of1820
transmission, as provided in division (H) of section 3517.106 of1821
the Revised Code, shall be attached to or associated with the1822
statement and shall be binding on all persons and for all purposes1823
under the campaign finance reporting law as if the signature had1824
been handwritten in ink on a printed form.1825

       (2) The person filing the statement, under penalty of1826
election falsification, shall include with it a list of each1827
anonymous contribution, the circumstances under which it was1828
received, and the reason it cannot be attributed to a specific1829
donor.1830

       (3) Each statement of a campaign committee of a candidate who1831
holds public office shall contain a designation of each1832
contributor who is an employee in any unit or department under the1833
candidate's direct supervision and control. In a space provided in 1834
the statement, the person filing the statement shall affirm that 1835
each such contribution was voluntarily made.1836

       (4) A campaign committee that did not receive contributions1837
or make expenditures in connection with the nomination or election1838
of its candidate shall file a statement to that effect, on a form1839
prescribed under this section and made under penalty of election1840
falsification, on the date required in division (A)(2) of this1841
section.1842

       (5) The campaign committee of any person who attempts to1843
become a candidate and who, for any reason, does not become1844
certified in accordance with Title XXXV of the Revised Code for1845
placement on the official ballot of a primary, general, or special1846
election to be held in this state, and who, at any time prior to1847
or after an election, receives contributions or makes1848
expenditures, or has given consent for another to receive1849
contributions or make expenditures, for the purpose of bringing1850
about the person's nomination or election to public office, shall1851
file the statement or statements prescribed by this section and a1852
termination statement, if applicable. This paragraphDivision 1853
(C)(5) of this section does not apply to any person with respect 1854
to an election to the offices of member of a county or state 1855
central committee, presidential elector, or delegate to a national 1856
convention or conference of a political party.1857

       (6)(a) The statements required to be filed under this section1858
shall specify the balance in the hands of the campaign committee, 1859
political action committee, legislative campaign fund, or1860
political party, or political contributing entity and the1861
disposition intended to be made of that balance.1862

       (b) The secretary of state shall prescribe the form for all1863
statements required to be filed under this section and shall1864
furnish the forms to the boards of elections in the several1865
counties. The boards of elections shall supply printed copies of1866
those forms without charge. The secretary of state shall prescribe 1867
the appropriate methodology, protocol, and data file structure for1868
statements required or permitted to be filed by electronic means 1869
of transmission under division (A) of this section and, divisions 1870
(E), (F), and (G) of section 3517.106, division (D) of section 1871
3517.1011, and division (B) of section 3517.1012 of the Revised 1872
Code and for statements permitted to be filed on computer disk 1873
under division (F) of section 3517.106 of the Revised Code.1874
Subject to division (A) of this section and, divisions (E), (F),1875
and (G) of section 3517.106, division (D) of section 3517.1011, 1876
and division (B) of section 3517.1012 of the Revised Code, the 1877
statements required to be stored on computer by the secretary of 1878
state under division (B) of section 3517.106 of the Revised Code1879
shall be filed in whatever format the secretary of state considers1880
necessary to enable the secretary of state to store the1881
information contained in the statements on computer. Any such1882
format shall be of a type and nature that is readily available to1883
whoever is required to file the statements in that format.1884

       (c) The secretary of state shall assess the need for training1885
regarding the filing of campaign finance statements by electronic 1886
means of transmission and regarding associated technologies for 1887
candidates, campaign committees, political action committees,1888
legislative campaign funds, or political parties, political 1889
contributing entities, orfor individuals, partnerships, or other 1890
entities, or for persons or political committees making 1891
disbursements to pay the direct costs of producing or airing 1892
electioneering communications, required or permitted to file 1893
statements by electronic means of transmission under this section 1894
or section 3517.105 or, 3517.106, 3517.1011, or 3517.1012 of the 1895
Revised Code. If, in the opinion of the secretary of state,1896
training in these areas is necessary, the secretary of state shall 1897
arrange for the provision of voluntary training programs for 1898
candidates, campaign committees, political action committees, 1899
legislative campaign funds, or political parties, political 1900
contributing entities, andfor individuals, partnerships, and1901
other entities, or for persons or political committees making 1902
disbursements to pay the direct costs of producing or airing 1903
electioneering communications, as appropriate.1904

       (7) Each monthly statement and each two-business-day1905
statement required by division (A) of this section shall contain1906
the information required by divisions (B)(1) to (4), (C)(2), and,1907
if appropriate, (C)(3) of this section. Each statement shall be1908
signed as required by division (C)(1) of this section.1909

       (D)(1) Prior to receiving a contribution or making an1910
expenditure, every campaign committee, political action committee,1911
legislative campaign fund, or political party, or political1912
contributing entity shall appoint a treasurer and shall file, on a1913
form prescribed by the secretary of state, a designation of that1914
appointment, including the full name and address of the treasurer1915
and of the campaign committee, political action committee,1916
legislative campaign fund, or political party, or political1917
contributing entity. That designation shall be filed with the1918
official with whom the campaign committee, political action1919
committee, legislative campaign fund, or political party, or1920
political contributing entity is required to file statements under1921
section 3517.11 of the Revised Code. The name of a campaign1922
committee shall include at least the last name of the campaign1923
committee's candidate. The secretary of state shall assign a1924
registration number to each political action committee that files1925
a designation of the appointment of a treasurer under this1926
division (D)(1) of this section if the political action committee 1927
is required by division (A)(1) of section 3517.11 of the Revised 1928
Code to file the statements prescribed by this section with the1929
secretary of state.1930

       (2) The treasurer appointed under division (D)(1) of this1931
section shall keep a strict account of all contributions, from1932
whom received and the purpose for which they were disbursed.1933

       (3)(a) Except as otherwise provided in section 3517.108 of1934
the Revised Code, a campaign committee shall deposit all monetary1935
contributions received by the committee into an account separate1936
from a personal or business account of the candidate or campaign1937
committee.1938

       (b) A political action committee shall deposit all monetary1939
contributions received by the committee into an account separate1940
from all other funds.1941

       (c) A state or county political party may establish a state1942
candidate fund that is separate from an account that contains the1943
public moneys received from the Ohio political party fund under1944
section 3517.17 of the Revised Code and from all other funds. A1945
state or county political party may deposit into its state1946
candidate fund any amounts of monetary contributions that are made1947
to or accepted by the political party subject to the applicable1948
limitations, if any, prescribed in section 3517.102 of the Revised1949
Code. A state or county political party shall deposit all other1950
monetary contributions received by the party into one or more1951
accounts that are separate from its state candidate fund and from1952
its account that contains the public moneys received from the Ohio1953
political party fund under section 3517.17 of the Revised Code.1954

       (d) Each state political party shall have only one1955
legislative campaign fund for each house of the general assembly.1956
Each such fund shall be separate from any other funds or accounts1957
of that state party. A legislative campaign fund is authorized to1958
receive contributions and make expenditures for the primary1959
purpose of furthering the election of candidates who are members1960
of that political party to the house of the general assembly with1961
which that legislative campaign fund is associated. Each1962
legislative campaign fund shall be administered and controlled in1963
a manner designated by the caucus. As used in this division 1964
(D)(3)(d) of this section, "caucus" has the same meaning as in1965
section 3517.01 of the Revised Code and includes, as an ex officio 1966
member, the chairperson of the state political party with which 1967
the caucus is associated or that chairperson's designee.1968

       (4) Every expenditure in excess of twenty-five dollars shall1969
be vouched for by a receipted bill, stating the purpose of the1970
expendituresexpenditure, that shall be filed with the statement 1971
of expenditures. A canceled check with a notation of the purpose 1972
of the expenditure is a receipted bill for purposes of division1973
(D)(4) of this section.1974

       (5) The secretary of state or the board of elections, as the1975
case may be, shall issue a receipt for each statement filed under1976
this section and shall preserve a copy of the receipt for a period1977
of at least six years. All statements filed under this section1978
shall be open to public inspection in the office where they are1979
filed and shall be carefully preserved for a period of at least1980
six years after the year in which they are filed.1981

       (6) The secretary of state, by rule adopted pursuant to1982
section 3517.23 of the Revised Code, shall prescribe theboth of 1983
the following:1984

       (a) The manner of immediately acknowledging, with date and 1985
time received, and preserving the receipt of statements that are 1986
transmitted by electronic means of transmission to the secretary 1987
of state pursuant to this section or section 3517.106, 3517.1011, 1988
or 3517.1012 of the Revised Code and the;1989

       (b) The manner of preserving the contribution and 1990
expenditure, contribution and disbursement, or deposit and 1991
disbursement information in thosethe statements described in 1992
division (D)(6)(a) of this section. The secretary of state shall1993
preserve the contribution and expenditure, contribution and 1994
disbursement, or deposit and disbursement information in those1995
statements for at least ten years after the year in which they are1996
filed by electronic means of transmission.1997

       (7) The secretary of state, pursuant to division (I) of1998
section 3517.106 of the Revised Code, shall make available online1999
to the public through the internet the contribution and2000
expenditure, contribution and disbursement, or deposit and 2001
disbursement information in all statements, all addenda,2002
amendments, or other corrections to statements, and all amended2003
statements filed with the secretary of state by electronic or2004
other means of transmission under this section, division (B)(2)(b)2005
or (C)(2)(b) of section 3517.105, or section 3517.106, 3517.1011, 2006
3517.1012, or 3517.11 of the Revised Code. The secretary of state2007
may remove the information from the internet after a reasonable 2008
period of time.2009

       (E)(1) Any person, political party, campaign committee,2010
legislative campaign fund, or political action committee, or2011
political contributing entity that makes a contribution in2012
connection with the nomination or election of any candidate or in2013
connection with any ballot issue or question at any election held2014
or to be held in this state shall provide its full name and2015
address to the recipient of the contribution, and to the political 2016
fundraiser through which the contribution was raised, if any, at 2017
the time the contribution is made. The political action committee 2018
also shall provide the registration number assigned to the 2019
committee under division (D)(1) of this section to the recipient 2020
of the contribution at the time the contribution is made.2021

       (2) Any individual who makes a contribution that exceeds one2022
hundred dollars to a political action committee, legislative 2023
campaign fund, or political party or to a campaign committee of a 2024
statewide candidate or candidate for the office of member of the 2025
general assembly shall provide the name of the individual's 2026
current employer, if any, or, if the individual is self-employed, 2027
the individual's occupation and the name of the individual's 2028
business, if any, to the recipient of the contribution at the time 2029
the contribution is made. Sections 3599.39 and 3599.40 of the 2030
Revised Code do not apply to division (E)(2) of this section.2031

       (3) If a campaign committee shows that it has exercised its2032
best efforts to obtain, maintain, and submit the information2033
required under divisions (B)(4)(b)(ii) and (iii) of this section,2034
that committee is considered to have met the requirements of those2035
divisions. A campaign committee shall not be considered to have2036
exercised its best efforts unless, in connection with written2037
solicitations, it regularly includes a written request for the2038
information required under division (B)(4)(b)(ii) of this section2039
from the contributor or the information required under division2040
(B)(4)(b)(iii) of this section from whoever transmits the2041
contribution.2042

       (4) Any check that a political action committee uses to make2043
a contribution or an expenditure shall contain the full name and2044
address of the committee and the registration number assigned to2045
the committee under division (D)(1) of this section.2046

       (5) Any political fundraiser that raises contributions for, 2047
at the request of, for the benefit of, or on behalf of a campaign 2048
committee, political party, political action committee, or 2049
legislative campaign fund shall provide to the campaign committee, 2050
political party, political action committee, or legislative 2051
campaign fund the identity of each contributor and the amount of 2052
each contribution raised through the efforts of the political 2053
fundraiser.2054

       (F) As used in this section:2055

       (1) "Address"(a) Except as otherwise provided in division 2056
(F)(1) of this section, "address" means all of the following if 2057
they exist: apartment number, street, road, or highway name and 2058
number, rural delivery route number, city or village, state, and 2059
zip code as used in a person's post-office address, but not 2060
post-office box. 2061

       If(b) Except as otherwise provided in division (F)(1) of 2062
this section, if an address is required in this section, a 2063
post-office box and office, room, or suite number may be included 2064
in addition to, but not in lieu of, an apartment, street, road, or 2065
highway name and number. 2066

       If(c) If an address is required in this section, a campaign2067
committee, political action committee, legislative campaign fund, 2068
or political party, or political contributing entity may use the2069
business or residence address of its treasurer or deputy2070
treasurer. The post-office box number of the campaign committee,2071
political action committee, legislative campaign fund, or2072
political party, or political contributing entity may be used in2073
addition to that address.2074

       (d) For the sole purpose of a campaign committee's reporting 2075
of contributions on a statement of contributions received under 2076
division (B)(4) of this section, "address" has one of the 2077
following meanings at the option of the campaign committee:2078

       (i) The same meaning as in division (F)(1)(a) of this 2079
section;2080

       (ii) All of the following, if they exist: the contributor's 2081
post-office box number and city or village, state, and zip code as 2082
used in the contributor's post-office address.2083

       (e) As used with regard to the reporting under this section 2084
of any expenditure, "address" means all of the following if they 2085
exist: apartment number, street, road, or highway name and number, 2086
rural delivery route number, city or village, state, and zip code 2087
as used in a person's post-office address, or post-office box. If 2088
an address concerning any expenditure is required in this section, 2089
a campaign committee, political action committee, legislative 2090
campaign fund, or political party may use the business or 2091
residence address of its treasurer or deputy treasurer or its 2092
post-office box number.2093

       (2) "Statewide candidate" means the joint candidates for the2094
offices of governor and lieutenant governor or a candidate for the2095
office of secretary of state, auditor of state, treasurer of2096
state, attorney general, member of the state board of education,2097
chief justice of the supreme court, or justice of the supreme2098
court.2099

       (G) An independent expenditure shall be reported whenever and 2100
in the same manner that an expenditure is required to be reported2101
under this section and shall be reported pursuant to division2102
(B)(2)(a) or (C)(2)(a) of section 3517.105 of the Revised Code.2103

       (H)(1) Except as otherwise provided in division (H)(2) of2104
this section, if, during the combined preelectionpre-election and 2105
postelection reporting periods for an election, a campaign 2106
committee has received contributions of five hundred dollars or 2107
less and has made expenditures in the total amount of five hundred 2108
dollars or less, it may file a statement to that effect, under 2109
penalty of election falsification, in lieu of the statement 2110
required by division (A)(2) of this section. The statement shall 2111
indicate the total amount of contributions received and the total 2112
amount of expenditures made during those combined reporting 2113
periods.2114

       (2) In the case of a successful candidate at a primary2115
election, if either the total contributions received by or the2116
total expenditures made by the candidate's campaign committee2117
during the preprimary, postprimary, pregeneral, and postgeneral2118
election periods combined equal more than five hundred dollars,2119
the campaign committee may file the statement under division2120
(H)(1) of this section only for the primary election. The first2121
statement that the campaign committee files in regard to the2122
general election shall reflect all contributions received and all2123
expenditures made during the preprimary and postprimary election2124
periods.2125

       (3) Divisions (H)(1) and (2) of this section do not apply if2126
a campaign committee receives contributions or makes expenditures2127
prior to the first day of January of the year of the election at2128
which the candidate seeks nomination or election to office or if2129
the campaign committee does not file a termination statement with2130
its postprimary election statement in the case of an unsuccessful2131
primary election candidate or with its postgeneral election2132
statement in the case of other candidates.2133

       (I) In the case of a contribution made by a partner of a2134
partnership or an owner or a member of another unincorporated 2135
business from any funds of the partnership or other unincorporated 2136
business, all of the following apply:2137

       (1) The recipient of the contribution shall report the2138
contribution by listing both the partnership or other2139
unincorporated business and the name of the partner or, owner, or 2140
member making the contribution.2141

       (2) For purposes of section 3517.102 of the Revised Code, the 2142
contribution shall be considered to have been made by the partner 2143
or, owner, or member reported under division (I)(1) of this 2144
section.2145

       (3) No contribution from a partner of a partnership or an 2146
owner or a member of another unincorporated business shall be2147
accepted from any funds of the partnership or other unincorporated 2148
business unless the recipient reports the contribution under 2149
division (I)(1) of this section.2150

       (4) No partnership or other unincorporated business shall 2151
make a contribution or contributions solely in the name of the 2152
partnership or other unincorporated business.2153

       (5) As used in division (I) of this section, "partnership or 2154
other unincorporated business" includes, but is not limited to, a 2155
cooperative, a sole proprietorship, a general partnership, a 2156
limited partnership, a limited partnership association, a limited 2157
liability partnership, and a limited liability company.2158

       (J) A candidate shall have only one campaign committee at any2159
given time for all of the offices for which the person is a2160
candidate or holds office.2161

       (K)(1) In addition to filing a designation of appointment of2162
a treasurer under division (D)(1) of this section, the campaign2163
committee of any candidate for an elected municipal office that2164
pays an annual amount of compensation of five thousand dollars or2165
less, the campaign committee of any candidate for member of a2166
board of education except member of the state board of education,2167
or the campaign committee of any candidate for township trustee or2168
township clerk may sign, under penalty of election falsification,2169
a certificate attesting that the committee will not accept2170
contributions during an election period that exceed in the2171
aggregate two thousand dollars from all contributors and one2172
hundred dollars from any one individual, and that the campaign2173
committee will not make expenditures during an election period2174
that exceed in the aggregate two thousand dollars.2175

       The certificate shall be on a form prescribed by the2176
secretary of state and shall be filed not later than ten days2177
after the candidate files a declaration of candidacy and petition,2178
a nominating petition, or a declaration of intent to be a write-in2179
candidate.2180

       (2) Except as otherwise provided in division (K)(3) of this2181
section, a campaign committee that files a certificate under2182
division (K)(1) of this section is not required to file the2183
statements required by division (A) of this section.2184

       (3) If, after filing a certificate under division (K)(1) of2185
this section, a campaign committee exceeds any of the limitations2186
described in that division during an election period, the2187
certificate is void and thereafter the campaign committee shall2188
file the statements required by division (A) of this section. If 2189
the campaign committee has not previously filed a statement, then 2190
on the first statement the campaign committee is required to file2191
under division (A) of this section after the committee's 2192
certificate is void, the committee shall report all contributions 2193
received and expenditures made from the time the candidate filed 2194
the candidate's declaration of candidacy and petition, nominating2195
petition, or declaration of intent to be a write-in candidate.2196

       (4) As used in division (K) of this section, "election2197
period" means the period of time beginning on the day a person2198
files a declaration of candidacy and petition, nominating2199
petition, or declaration of intent to be a write-in candidate2200
through the day of the election at which the person seeks2201
nomination to office if the person is not elected to office, or,2202
if the candidate was nominated in a primary election, the day of2203
the election at which the candidate seeks office.2204

       (L) Notwithstanding division (B)(4) of this section, a2205
political contributing entity that receives contributions from the2206
dues, membership fees, or other assessments of its members or from2207
its officers, shareholders, and employees may report the aggregate2208
amount of contributions received from those contributors and the2209
number of individuals making those contributions, for each filing2210
period identified under divisions (A)(1), (2), and (3) of this2211
section. Division (B)(4) of this section applies to a political2212
contributing entity with regard to contributions it receives from2213
all other contributors.2214

       Sec. 3517.102.  (A) Except as otherwise provided in section2215
3517.103 of the Revised Code, as used in this section and sections2216
3517.103 and 3517.104 of the Revised Code:2217

       (1) "Candidate" has the same meaning as in section 3517.01 of 2218
the Revised Code but includes only candidates for the offices of 2219
governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, auditor of2220
state, treasurer of state, attorney general, member of the state2221
board of education, member of the general assembly, chief justice2222
of the supreme court, and justice of the supreme court.2223

       (2) "Statewide candidate" or "any one statewide candidate" 2224
means the joint candidates for the offices of governor and2225
lieutenant governor or a candidate for the office of secretary of2226
state, auditor of state, treasurer of state, attorney general,2227
member of the state board of education, chief justice of the2228
supreme court, or justice of the supreme court.2229

       (3) "Senate candidate" means a candidate for the office of2230
state senator.2231

       (4) "House candidate" means a candidate for the office of2232
state representative.2233

       (5)(a) "Primary election period" for a candidate begins on2234
the beginning date of the candidate's pre-filing period specified2235
in division (A)(9) of section 3517.109 of the Revised Code and2236
ends on the day of the primary election.2237

       (b) In regard to any candidate, the "general election period"2238
begins on the day after the primary election immediately preceding 2239
the general election at which the candidate seeks an office 2240
specified in division (A)(1) of this section and ends on the2241
thirty-first day of December following that general election.2242

       (6) "State candidate fund" means the state candidate fund2243
established by a state or county political party under division2244
(D)(3)(c) of section 3517.10 of the Revised Code.2245

       (7) "Postgeneral election statement" means the statement2246
filed under division (A)(2) of section 3517.10 of the Revised Code2247
by the campaign committee of a candidate after the general2248
election in which the candidate ran for office or filed by2249
legislative campaign fund after the general election in an2250
even-numbered year.2251

       (8) "Contribution" means any contribution that is required to 2252
be reported in the statement of contributions under section2253
3517.10 of the Revised Code.2254

       (9)(a) Except as otherwise provided in division (A)(9)(b) of 2255
this section and in division (F) of section 3517.103 and division2256
(B)(3)(b) of section 3517.1010 of the Revised Code, "designated2257
state campaign committee" means:2258

       (a)(i) In the case of contributions to or from a state2259
political party, a campaign committee of a statewide candidate,2260
statewide officeholder, senate candidate, house candidate, or2261
member of the general assembly.2262

       (b)(ii) In the case of contributions to or from a county2263
political party, a campaign committee of a statewide candidate,2264
statewide officeholder, senate candidate or house candidate whose2265
candidacy is to be submitted to some or all of the electors in2266
that county, or member of the general assembly whose district2267
contains all or part of that county.2268

       (c)(iii) In the case of contributions to or from a 2269
legislative campaign fund, a campaign committee of any of the 2270
following:2271

       (i)(I) A senate or house candidate who, if elected, will be a2272
member of the same party that established the legislative campaign2273
fund and the same house with which the legislative campaign fund2274
is associated;2275

       (ii)(II) A state senator or state representative who is a 2276
member of the same party that established the legislative campaign 2277
fund and the same house with which the legislative campaign fund 2278
is associated.2279

       (b) A campaign committee is no longer a "designated state 2280
campaign committee" after the campaign committee's candidate 2281
changes the designation of treasurer required to be filed under 2282
division (D)(1) of section 3517.10 of the Revised Code to indicate 2283
that the person intends to be a candidate for, or becomes a 2284
candidate for nomination or election to, any office that, if 2285
elected, would not qualify that candidate's campaign committee as 2286
a "designated state campaign committee" under division (A)(9)(a) 2287
of this section.2288

       (B)(1)(a) No individual who is seven years of age or older2289
shall make a contribution or contributions aggregating more than:2290

       (a) Two(i) Ten thousand five hundred dollars to the campaign2291
committee of any one statewide candidate in a primary election2292
period or in a general election period;2293

       (b) Two(ii) Ten thousand five hundred dollars to the 2294
campaign committee of any one senate candidate in a primary 2295
election period or in a general election period;2296

       (c) Two(iii) Ten thousand five hundred dollars to the 2297
campaign committee of any one house candidate in a primary 2298
election period or in a general election period;2299

       (d) Five(iv) Ten thousand dollars to any onea county 2300
political party of the county in which the individual's designated 2301
Ohio residence is located for the 1party'sparty's state candidate 2302
fund orin a calendar year;2303

       (v) Fifteen thousand dollars to any one legislative campaign2304
fund in a calendar year;2305

       (e) Fifteen(vi) Thirty thousand dollars to any one state 2306
political party for the party's state candidate fund in a calendar 2307
year;2308

       (f) Five(vii) Ten thousand dollars to any one political 2309
action committee in a calendar year;2310

       (g) Five thousand dollars to any one political contributing2311
entity in a calendar year.2312

       (b) No individual shall make a contribution or contributions 2313
to the state candidate fund of a county political party of any 2314
county other than the county in which the individual's designated 2315
Ohio residence is located.2316

       (c) No individual who is under seven years of age shall make 2317
any contribution.2318

       (2)(a) Subject to division (D)(1) of this section, no2319
political action committee shall make a contribution or2320
contributions aggregating more than:2321

       (a) Two(i) Ten thousand five hundred dollars to the campaign2322
committee of any one statewide candidate in a primary election2323
period or in a general election period;2324

       (b) Two(ii) Ten thousand five hundred dollars to the 2325
campaign committee of any one senate candidate in a primary 2326
election period or in a general election period;2327

       (c) Two(iii) Ten thousand five hundred dollars to the 2328
campaign committee of any one house candidate in a primary 2329
election period or in a general election period;2330

       (d) Five(iv) Fifteen thousand dollars to any one county 2331
political party for the party's state candidate fund or to any one 2332
legislative campaign fund in a calendar year;2333

       (e) Fifteen(v) Thirty thousand dollars to any one state 2334
political party for the party's state candidate fund in a calendar 2335
year;2336

       (f) Two(vi) Ten thousand five hundred dollars to another 2337
political action committee or to a political contributing entity2338
in a calendar year. This division does not apply to a political 2339
action committee that makes a contribution to a political action2340
committee or to a political contributing entity affiliated with2341
it. For purposes of this division, a political action committee is 2342
affiliated with another political action committee or with a2343
political contributing entity if they are both established,2344
financed, maintained, or controlled by, or if they are, the same2345
corporation, organization, labor organization, continuing2346
association, or other person, including any parent, subsidiary,2347
division, or department of that corporation, organization, labor2348
organization, continuing association, or other person.2349

       (b) No political action committee shall make a contribution 2350
or contributions to a county political party for the party's state 2351
candidate fund.2352

       (3) No campaign committee shall make a contribution or2353
contributions aggregating more than:2354

       (a) TwoTen thousand five hundred dollars to the campaign2355
committee of any one statewide candidate in a primary election2356
period or in a general election period;2357

       (b) TwoTen thousand five hundred dollars to the campaign2358
committee of any one senate candidate in a primary election period2359
or in a general election period;2360

       (c) TwoTen thousand five hundred dollars to the campaign2361
committee of any one house candidate in a primary election period2362
or in a general election period;2363

       (d) TwoTen thousand five hundred dollars to any one2364
political action committee in a calendar year;2365

       (e) Two thousand five hundred dollars to any one political2366
contributing entity in a calendar year.2367

       (4)(a) Subject to division (D)(3) of this section, no2368
political party shall make a contribution or contributions2369
aggregating more than twoten thousand five hundred dollars to any 2370
one political action committee or to any one political 2371
contributing entity in a calendar year.2372

       (b) No county political party shall make a contribution or 2373
contributions to another county political party.2374

       (5) No(a) Subject to division (B)(5)(b) of this section, no2375
campaign committee, other than a designated state campaign 2376
committee, shall make a contribution or contributions aggregating 2377
in a calendar year more than:2378

       (a) Fifteen(i) Thirty thousand dollars to any one state 2379
political party for the party's state candidate fund;2380

       (b) Five(ii) Fifteen thousand dollars to any one legislative 2381
campaign fund;2382

       (c) Five(iii) Ten thousand dollars to any one county 2383
political party for the party's state candidate fund.2384

       (b) No campaign committee shall make a contribution or 2385
contributions to a county political party for the party's state 2386
candidate fund unless one of the following applies:2387

       (i) The campaign committee's candidate will appear on a 2388
ballot in that county.2389

       (ii) The campaign committee's candidate is the holder of an 2390
elected public office that represents all or part of the 2391
population of that county at the time the contribution is made.2392

       (6)(a) No state candidate fund of a county political party2393
shall make a contribution or contributions, except a contribution2394
or contributions to a designated state campaign committee, in a2395
primary election period or a general election period, aggregating2396
more than:2397

       (i) TwoTwo hundred fifty thousand dollars to the campaign 2398
committee of any one statewide candidate;2399

       (ii) Ten thousand five hundred dollars to the campaign2400
committee of any one senate candidate;2401

       (ii) Two(iii) Ten thousand five hundred dollars to the 2402
campaign committee of any one house candidate.2403

       (b)(i) No state candidate fund of a state or county political 2404
party shall make a transfer or a contribution or transfers or2405
contributions of cash or cash equivalents to a designated state 2406
campaign committee in a primary election period or in a general 2407
election period aggregating more than:2408

       (I) Five hundred thousand dollars to the campaign committee2409
of any one statewide candidate;2410

       (II) One hundred thousand dollars to the campaign committee2411
of any one senate candidate;2412

       (III) Fifty thousand dollars to the campaign committee of any 2413
one house candidate.2414

       (ii) No legislative campaign fund shall make a transfer or a2415
contribution or transfers or contributions of cash or cash2416
equivalents to a designated state campaign committee aggregating2417
more than:2418

       (I) Fifty thousand dollars in a primary election period or2419
one hundred thousand dollars in a general election period to the2420
campaign committee orof any one senate candidate;2421

       (II) Twenty-five thousand dollars in a primary election2422
period or fifty thousand dollars in a general election period to2423
the campaign committee of any one house candidate.2424

       (iii) As used in divisions (B)(6)(b) and (C)(6)(a) and (b) of 2425
this section, "transfer or contribution of cash or cash2426
equivalents" does not include any in-kind contributions.2427

       (c) A county political party that has no state candidate fund 2428
and that is located in a county having a population of less than 2429
one hundred fifty thousand may make one or more contributions from 2430
other accounts to any one statewide candidate or to any one2431
designated state campaign committee that do not exceed, in the2432
aggregate, two thousand five hundred dollars in any primary 2433
election period or general election period. As used in this 2434
division, "other accounts" does not include either an account that2435
contains the public moneys received from the Ohio political party 2436
fund under section 3517.17 of the Revised Code or the county 2437
political party's operating account.2438

       (d) No legislative campaign fund shall make a contribution,2439
other than to a designated state campaign committee or to the2440
state candidate fund of a political party.2441

       (7) Subject to division (D)(1) of this section, no political2442
contributing entity shall make a contribution or contributions2443
aggregating more than:2444

       (a) Two thousand five hundred dollars to the campaign2445
committee of any one statewide candidate in a primary election2446
period or in a general election period;2447

       (b) Two thousand five hundred dollars to the campaign2448
committee of any one senate candidate in a primary election period2449
or in a general election period;2450

       (c) Two thousand five hundred dollars to the campaign2451
committee of any one house candidate in a primary election period2452
or in a general election period;2453

       (d) Five thousand dollars to any one county political party2454
for the party's state candidate fund or to any one legislative2455
campaign fund in a calendar year;2456

       (e) Fifteen thousand dollars to any one state political party 2457
for the party's state candidate fund in a calendar year;2458

       (f) Two thousand five hundred dollars to another political2459
contributing entity or to a political action committee in a2460
calendar year. This division does not apply to a political2461
contributing entity that makes a contribution to a political2462
contributing entity or to a political action committee affiliated2463
with it. For purposes of this division, a political contributing2464
entity is affiliated with another political contributing entity or2465
with a political action committee if they are both established,2466
financed, maintained, or controlled by, or if they are, the same2467
corporation, organization, labor organization, continuing2468
association, or other person, including any parent, subsidiary,2469
division, or department of that corporation, organization, labor2470
organization, continuing association, or other person.2471

       (C)(1)(a) Subject to division (D)(1) of this section, no2472
campaign committee of a statewide candidate shall accept aany of 2473
the following:2474

       (i) A contribution or contributions from any individual who 2475
is under seven years of age;2476

       (ii) A contribution or contributions aggregating more than 2477
twoten thousand five hundred dollars from any one individual who 2478
is seven years of age or older, from any one political action 2479
committee, from any onepoliticalcontributing entity, or from 2480
any one other campaign committee in a primary election period or 2481
in a general election period;2482

       (iii) A contribution or contributions aggregating more than 2483
two hundred fifty thousand dollars from any one state candidate 2484
fund of a county political party in a primary election period or 2485
in a general election period.2486

       (b) No campaign committee of a statewide candidate shall 2487
accept a contribution or contributions aggregating more than two 2488
thousand five hundred dollars in a primary election period or in a 2489
general election period from a county political party that has no 2490
state candidate fund and that is located in a county having a 2491
population of less than one hundred fifty thousand.2492

       (c) No campaign committee of a statewide candidate shall 2493
accept contributions aggregating more than five hundred thousand 2494
dollars in a primary election period or in a general election 2495
period from any combination of county political party state 2496
candidate funds.2497

       (2)(a) Subject to division (D)(1) of this section and except2498
for a designated state campaign committee, no campaign committee2499
of a senate candidate shall accept aeither of the following:2500

       (i) A contribution or contributions from any individual who 2501
is under seven years of age;2502

       (ii) A contribution or contributions aggregating more than2503
twoten thousand five hundred dollars from any one individual who 2504
is seven years of age or older, from any one political action 2505
committee, from any one political contributing entity, from any 2506
one state candidate fund of a county political party, or from any 2507
one other campaign committee in a primary election period or in a 2508
general election period.2509

       (b) No campaign committee of a senate candidate shall accept 2510
a contribution or contributions aggregating more than two thousand 2511
five hundred dollars in a primary election period or in a general 2512
election period from a county political party that has no state 2513
candidate fund and that is located in a county having a population 2514
of less than one hundred fifty thousand.2515

       (3)(a) Subject to division (D)(1) of this section and except2516
for a designated state campaign committee, no campaign committee2517
of a house candidate shall accept aeither of the following:2518

       (i) A contribution or contributions from any individual who 2519
is under seven years of age;2520

       (ii) A contribution or contributions aggregating more than 2521
twoten thousand five hundred dollars from any one individual who 2522
is seven years of age or older, from any one political action 2523
committee, from any one political contributing entity, from any 2524
one state candidate fund of a county political party, or from any 2525
one other campaign committee in a primary election period or in a 2526
general election period.2527

       (b) No campaign committee of a house candidate shall accept a 2528
contribution or contributions aggregating more than two thousand 2529
five hundred dollars in a primary election period or in a general 2530
election period from a county political party that has no state 2531
candidate fund and that is located in a county having a population 2532
of less than one hundred fifty thousand.2533

       (4)(a)(i) Subject to division (D)(1)(C)(4)(a)(ii) of this 2534
section and except for a designated state campaign committee, no2535
county political party shall accept a contribution or 2536
contributions from any individual who is under seven years of age, 2537
or a contribution or contributions for the party's state candidate2538
fund aggregating more than fiveten thousand dollars from any one2539
individual,whose designated Ohio residence is located within that 2540
county and who is seven years of age or older or from any one 2541
political action committee, from any one political contributing 2542
entity, or from any one campaign committee, other than a 2543
designated state campaign committee, in a calendar year.2544

       (ii) Subject to division (D)(1) of this section, no county 2545
political party shall accept a contribution or contributions for 2546
the party's state candidate fund from any individual whose 2547
designated Ohio residence is located outside of that county and 2548
who is seven years of age or older, from any campaign committee 2549
unless the campaign committee's candidate will appear on a ballot 2550
in that county or unless the campaign committee's candidate is the 2551
holder of an elected public office that represents all or part of 2552
the population of that county at the time the contribution is 2553
accepted, or from any political action committee.2554

       (iii) No county political party shall accept a contribution 2555
or contributions from any other county political party.2556

       (b) Subject to division (D)(1) of this section, no state2557
political party shall accept aeither of the following:2558

       (i) A contribution or contributions from any individual who 2559
is under seven years of age;2560

       (ii) A contribution or contributions for the party's state 2561
candidate fund aggregating more than fifteenthirty thousand 2562
dollars from any one individual who is seven years of age or 2563
older, from any one political action committee, from any one 2564
political contributing entity, or from any one campaign committee,2565
other than a designated state campaign committee, in a calendar 2566
year.2567

       (5) Subject to division (D)(1) of this section, no2568
legislative campaign fund shall accept aeither of the following:2569

       (a) A contribution or contributions from any individual who 2570
is under seven years of age;2571

       (b) A contribution or contributions aggregating more than 2572
fivefifteen thousand dollars from any one individual who is seven 2573
years of age or older, from any one political action committee, 2574
from any one political contributing entity, or from any one 2575
campaign committee, other than a designated state campaign 2576
committee, in a calendar year.2577

       (6)(a) No designated state campaign committee shall accept a2578
transfer or contribution of cash or cash equivalents from a state2579
candidate fund of a state or county political party aggregating in2580
a primary election period or a general election period more than:2581

       (i) Five hundred thousand dollars, in the case of a campaign2582
committee of a statewide candidate;2583

       (ii) One hundred thousand dollars, in the case of a campaign2584
committee of a senate candidate;2585

       (iii) Fifty thousand dollars, in the case of a campaign2586
committee of a house candidate.2587

       (b) No designated state campaign committee shall accept a2588
transfer or contribution of cash or cash equivalents from a2589
legislative candidatecampaign fund aggregating more than:2590

       (i) Fifty thousand dollars in a primary election period or2591
one hundred thousand dollars in a general election period, in the2592
case of a campaign committee of a senate candidate;2593

       (ii) Twenty-five thousand dollars in a primary election2594
period or fifty thousand dollars in a general election period, in2595
the case of a campaign committee of a house candidate.2596

       (c) No campaign committee of a candidate for the office of 2597
member of the general assembly, including a designated state 2598
campaign committee, shall accept a transfer or contribution of 2599
cash or cash equivalents from any one or combination of state 2600
candidate funds of county political parties aggregating in a 2601
primary election period or a general election period more than:2602

       (i) One hundred thousand dollars, in the case of a campaign 2603
committee of a senate candidate;2604

       (ii) Fifty thousand dollars, in the case of a campaign 2605
committee of a house candidate.2606

       (7)(a) Subject to division (D)(3) of this section, no2607
political action committee and no political contributing entity2608
shall accept aeither of the following:2609

       (i) A contribution or contributions from any individual who 2610
is under seven years of age;2611

       (ii) A contribution or contributions aggregating more than2612
fiveten thousand dollars from any one individual who is seven 2613
years of age or older, or more than two thousand five hundred 2614
dollars from any one campaign committee, or from any one political 2615
party in a calendar year.2616

       (b) Subject to division (D)(1) of this section, no political2617
action committee shall accept a contribution or contributions2618
aggregating more than twoten thousand five hundred dollars from2619
another political action committee or from a political2620
contributing entity in a calendar year. Subject to division (D)(1) 2621
of this section, no political contributing entity shall accept a 2622
contribution or contributions aggregating more than two thousand 2623
five hundred dollars from another political contributing entity or 2624
from a political action committee in a calendar year. This 2625
division does not apply to a political action committee or2626
political contributing entity that accepts a contribution from a2627
political action committee or political contributing entity2628
affiliated with it. For purposes of this division, a political2629
action committee is affiliated with another political action2630
committee or political contributing entity if they are2631
established, financed, maintained, or controlled by the same2632
corporation, organization, labor organization, continuing2633
association, or other person, including any parent, subsidiary,2634
division, or department of that corporation, organization, labor2635
organization, continuing association, or other person.2636

       (D)(1)(a) For purposes of the limitations prescribed in2637
division (B)(2) of this section and the limitations prescribed in2638
divisions (C)(1), (2), (3), (4), (5), and (7)(b) of this section,2639
whichever is applicable, all contributions made by and all2640
contributions accepted from political action committees that are2641
established, financed, maintained, or controlled by the same2642
corporation, organization, labor organization, continuing2643
association, or other person, including any parent, subsidiary,2644
division, or department of that corporation, organization, labor2645
organization, continuing association, or other person, are2646
considered to have been made by or accepted from a single2647
political action committee.2648

       (b) For purposes of the limitations prescribed in division2649
(B)(7) of this section and the limitations prescribed in divisions2650
(C)(1), (2), (3), (4), (5), and (7)(b) of this section, whichever2651
is applicable, all contributions made by and all contributions2652
accepted from political contributing entities that are2653
established, financed, maintained, or controlled by, or that are,2654
the same corporation, organization, labor organization, continuing2655
association, or other person, including any parent, subsidiary,2656
division, or department of that corporation, organization, labor2657
organization, continuing association, or other person, are2658
considered to have been made by or accepted from a single2659
political contributing entity.2660

       (2) As used in divisions (B)(1)(f)(a)(vii), (B)(3)(d), 2661
(B)(4), and (C)(7) of this section, "political action committee" 2662
does not include a political action committee that is organized to 2663
support or oppose a ballot issue or question and that makes no2664
contributions to or expenditures on behalf of a political party,2665
campaign committee, legislative campaign fund, or political action2666
committee, or political contributing entity. As used in divisions2667
(B)(1)(g), (B)(3)(e), (B)(4), and (C)(7) of this section,2668
"political contributing entity" does not include a political2669
contributing entity that is organized to support or oppose a2670
ballot issue or question and that makes no contributions to or2671
expenditures on behalf of a political party, campaign committee,2672
legislative campaign fund, political action committee, or2673
political contributing entity.2674

       (3) For purposes of the limitations prescribed in divisions2675
(B)(4) and (C)(7)(a) of this section, all contributions made by2676
and all contributions accepted from a national political party, a2677
state political party, and a county political party are considered2678
to have been made by or accepted from a single political party and2679
shall be combined with each other to determine whether the2680
limitations have been exceeded.2681

       (E)(1) If a legislative campaign fund has kept a total amount 2682
of contributions exceeding one hundred fifty thousand dollars at 2683
the close of business on the seventh day before the postgeneral 2684
election statement is required to be filed under section 3517.102685
of the Revised Code, the legislative campaign fund shall comply 2686
with division (E)(2) of this section.2687

       (2)(a) Any legislative campaign fund that has kept a total2688
amount of contributions in excess of the amount specified in2689
division (E)(1) of this section at the close of business on the2690
seventh day before the postgeneral election statement is required2691
to be filed under section 3517.10 of the Revised Code shall2692
dispose of the excess amount in the manner prescribed in division2693
(E)(2)(c)(b)(i), (ii), or (iii) of this section not later than 2694
ninety days after the day the postgeneral election statement is 2695
required to be filed under section 3517.10 of the Revised Code. 2696
Any legislative campaign fund that is required to dispose of an 2697
excess amount of contributions under this division shall file a 2698
statement on the ninetieth day after the postgeneral election 2699
statement is required to be filed under section 3517.10 of the 2700
Revised Code indicating the total amount of contributions the fund 2701
has at the close of business on the seventh day before the 2702
postgeneral election statement is required to be filed under 2703
section 3517.10 of the Revised Code and that the excess2704
contributions were disposed of pursuant to this division and 2705
divisionsdivision (E)(2)(b) and (c) of this section. The2706
statement shall be on a form prescribed by the secretary of state 2707
and shall contain any additional information the secretary of 2708
state considers necessary.2709

       (b) There is hereby created in the state treasury the Ohio2710
elections commission fund. All moneys credited to the fund shall2711
be used solely for the purpose of paying expenses related to the2712
operation of the Ohio elections commission.2713

       (c) Any legislative campaign fund that is required to dispose 2714
of an excess amount of contributions under division (E)(2) of this2715
section shall dispose of that excess amount by doing any of the 2716
following:2717

       (i) Giving the amount to the treasurer of state for deposit2718
into the state treasury to the credit of the Ohio elections2719
commission fund created by division (I) of section 3517.152 of the 2720
Revised Code;2721

       (ii) Giving the amount to individuals who made contributions2722
to that legislative campaign fund as a refund of all or part of2723
their contributions;2724

       (iii) Giving the amount to a corporation that is exempt from2725
federal income taxation under subsection 501(a) and described in2726
subsection 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code.2727

       (F)(1) No legislative campaign fund shall fail to file a2728
statement required by division (E) of this section.2729

       (2) No legislative campaign fund shall fail to dispose of2730
excess contributions as required by division (E) of this section.2731

       (G) Nothing in this section shall affect, be used in2732
determining, or supersede a limitation on campaign contributions2733
as provided for in the Federal Election Campaign Act.2734

       Sec. 3517.103.  (A)(1) For purposes of this section:2735

       (1)(a) "Statewide candidate" means the joint candidates for 2736
the offices of governor and lieutenant governor or a candidate for 2737
the office of secretary of state, auditor of state, treasurer of 2738
state, attorney general, or member of the state board of 2739
education.2740

       (2)(b)(i) "Personal funds" means contributions to the 2741
campaign committee of a candidate by the candidate or by the 2742
candidate's spouse, parents, children, sons-in-law, 2743
daughters-in-law, brothers, sisters, grandparents, mother-in-law, 2744
father-in-law, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, or grandparents by 2745
marriage.2746

       (3)(ii) A loan obtained by, guaranteed by, or for the benefit 2747
of a statewide candidate, senate candidate, or house candidate 2748
shall be considered "personal funds" subject to the provisions of 2749
this section and section 3517.1010 of the Revised Code to the 2750
extent that the loan is obtained or guaranteed by the candidate or 2751
is for the benefit of the candidate and is obtained or guaranteed 2752
by the candidate's spouse, parents, children, sons-in-law, 2753
daughters-in-law, brothers, sisters, grandparents, mother-in-law, 2754
father-in-law, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, or grandparents by 2755
marriage. A loan that is obtained or guaranteed and that is for 2756
the benefit of a statewide candidate, senate candidate, or house 2757
candidate shall not be considered "personal funds" for the 2758
purposes of this section and section 3517.1010 of the Revised Code 2759
but shall be considered to be a "contribution" for the purposes of 2760
this chapter if the loan is obtained or guaranteed by anyone other 2761
than the candidate or the candidate's spouse, parents, children, 2762
sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, brothers, sisters, grandparents, 2763
mother-in-law, father-in-law, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, or 2764
grandparents by marriage.2765

       (iii) When a debt or other obligation incurred by a committee 2766
or by a candidate on behalf of the candidate's committee described 2767
in division (C)(1) or (2) of this section is to be paid from 2768
"personal funds," those funds are considered to be expended when 2769
the debt or other obligation is incurred, regardless of when it is 2770
paid.2771

       (4)(2) For purposes of Chapter 3517. of the Revised Codethis 2772
chapter, a candidate is an "opponent" when the candidate has2773
indicated on the candidate's most recently filed designation of2774
treasurer that the candidate seeks the same office at the same2775
primary or general election as another candidate whose campaign2776
committee has filed a personal funds notice required by division2777
(C)(1) or (2) of this section.2778

       (B)(1) Except as otherwise provided in division (B)(2) of 2779
this section, no statewide candidate or candidate for the office 2780
of member of the general assembly shall make an expenditure of2781
personal funds to influence the results of an election for that 2782
candidate's nomination or election to office unless the personal 2783
funds are first deposited into the campaign fund of that 2784
candidate's campaign committee.2785

       (2) A statewide candidate or candidate for the office of 2786
member of the general assembly may make an expenditure of personal 2787
funds without first depositing those funds into the campaign2788
committee's funds as long as the aggregate total of those2789
expenditures does not exceed five hundred dollars at any time 2790
during an election period. After the candidate's campaign 2791
committee reimburses the candidate for any direct expenditure of 2792
personal funds, the amount that was reimbursed is no longer 2793
included in the aggregate total of expenditures of personal funds 2794
subject to the five-hundred-dollar limit.2795

       (C)(1) If the campaign committee of any statewide candidate 2796
has received or expended or expects to expend more than one 2797
hundred thousand dollars of personal funds during a primary2798
election period or one hundred fifty thousand dollars of personal 2799
funds during a general election period, the campaign committee 2800
shall file a personal funds notice in the manner provided in2801
division (C)(3) of this section indicating that the committee has 2802
received or expended or expects to expend more than that amount. 2803
For the purpose of this division, a joint team of candidates for 2804
governor and lieutenant governor shall be considered a single 2805
candidate and their personal funds shall be combined.2806

       (2) If the campaign committee of any senate candidate or 2807
house candidate has received or expended or expects to expend more 2808
than twenty-five thousand dollars of personal funds during a 2809
primary election period or twenty-five thousand dollars of 2810
personal funds during a general election period, the campaign 2811
committee shall file a personal funds notice in the manner 2812
provided in division (C)(3) of this section indicating that the2813
committee has received or expended or expects to expend more than 2814
that amount.2815

       (3) The personal funds notice required in divisions (C)(1)2816
and (2) of this section and the declaration of no limits required 2817
under division (D)(2) of this section shall be on a form2818
prescribed by the secretary of state. The personal funds notice 2819
required in divisions (C)(1) and (2) of this section shall be 2820
filed not later than the earlier of the following times:2821

       (a) One hundred twenty days before a primary election, in the 2822
case of personal funds received, expended, or expected to be 2823
expended during a primary election period, or not later than one 2824
hundred twenty days before a general election, in the case of 2825
personal funds received, expended, or expected to be expended 2826
during a general election period;2827

       (b) Two business days after the candidate's campaign 2828
committee receives or makes an expenditure of personal funds or 2829
the candidate makes an expenditure of personal funds on behalf of 2830
the candidate's campaign committee during that election period 2831
that exceed, in the aggregate, the amount specified in division 2832
(C)(1) or (2) of this section.2833

       The personal funds notice required under divisions (C)(1) and 2834
(2) of this section and the declaration of no limits required 2835
under division (D)(2) of this section shall be filed wherever the 2836
campaign committee files statements of contributions and 2837
expenditures under section 3517.11 of the Revised Code. The board 2838
of elections shall send to the secretary of state a copy of any 2839
personal funds notice or declaration of no limits filed by the 2840
campaign committee of a senate candidate or house candidate under 2841
division (C)(3) or (D)(2) of this section.2842

       (D)(1) Whenever a campaign committee files a notice under 2843
division (C)(1) or (2) of this section, and the campaign committee 2844
of an opponent files a declaration of no limits pursuant to 2845
division (D)(2) of this section within thirty days of the filing 2846
of the personal funds notice under division (C)(1) or (2) of this 2847
section, the contribution limitations prescribed in section 2848
3517.102 of the Revised Code no longer apply to the campaign 2849
committee of the candidate's opponent.2850

       (2) No campaign committee of a candidate described in 2851
division (D)(1) of this section shall accept any contribution or 2852
contributions from a contributor that exceed the limitations 2853
prescribed in section 3517.102 of the Revised Code until the 2854
committee files a declaration that the committee will accept 2855
contributions that exceed those limitations. This declaration 2856
shall be filed not later than thirty days after a candidate's 2857
opponent has filed a personal funds notice pursuant to division 2858
(C)(1) or (2) of section 3517.103 of the Revised Code, shall be 2859
referred to as the "declaration of no limits," and shall list all 2860
of the following:2861

       (a) The amount of cash on hand in the candidate's campaign 2862
fund at the end of the day immediately preceding the day on which 2863
the candidate's campaign committee files the declaration of no 2864
limits;2865

       (b) The value and description of all campaign assets worth 2866
five hundred dollars or more available to the candidate at the end 2867
of the day immediately preceding the day on which the candidate's 2868
campaign committee files the declaration of no limits.2869

       (3) A candidate who was not an opponent of a candidate who 2870
filed the personal funds notice required under division (C)(3) of 2871
this section on the date the personal funds notice was filed may 2872
file the declaration of no limits pursuant to division (D)(2) of 2873
this section within thirty days after becoming an opponent of the 2874
candidate who filed the personal funds notice.2875

       (4) If the candidate whose campaign committee filed a 2876
personal funds notice under division (C)(1) or (2) of this section2877
fails to file a declaration of candidacy for the office listed on 2878
the designation of treasurer filed under division (D) of section 2879
3517.10 of the Revised Code or files a declaration of candidacy or 2880
nominating petition for that office and dies or withdraws, both of 2881
the following apply to the campaign committee of that candidate's 2882
opponent if the opponent has filed a declaration of no limits 2883
pursuant to division (D) of this section:2884

       (a) No contribution from a contributor may thereafter be 2885
accepted that, when added to the aggregate total of all2886
contributions received by that committee from that contributor2887
during the primary election period or general election period, 2888
whichever is applicable, would cause that committee to exceed the2889
contribution limitations prescribed in section 3517.102 of the2890
Revised Code for the applicable election period.2891

       (b) The statement of primary-day finances or the year-end 2892
statement required to be filed under division (E) of section 2893
3517.1010 of the Revised Code shall be filed not later than2894
fourteen days after the date the candidate's opponent fails to2895
file a declaration of candidacy or nominating petition by the 2896
appropriate filing deadline, or dies or withdraws. For purposes of 2897
calculating permitted funds under division (A)(7)(4) of section 2898
3517.1010 of the Revised Code, the primary or general election2899
period, whichever is applicable, shall be considered to have ended 2900
on the filing deadline, in the case of an opponent who fails to 2901
file a declaration of candidacy or nominating petition, or on the 2902
date of the opponent's death or withdrawal. In such an event, the 2903
filing of a statement of primary-day finances or year-end finances 2904
and the disposing of any excess funds as required under division 2905
(B) of section 3517.1010 of the Revised Code satisfies the2906
candidate's obligation to file such a statement for that election 2907
period.2908

       (E)(1) No campaign committee shall fail to file a personal 2909
funds notice as required under division (C)(1) or (2) of this 2910
section.2911

       (2) No campaign committee shall accept any contribution in 2912
excess of the contribution limitations prescribed in section 2913
3517.102 of the Revised Code:2914

       (a) Unless a declaration of no limits has been filed under2915
division (D)(2) of this section;2916

       (b) In violation of division (D)(4) of this section once the 2917
candidate who filed a personal funds notice under division (C)(3)2918
of this section fails to file a declaration of candidacy or 2919
nominating petition or that candidate dies or withdraws.2920

       (3) No campaign committee that violates division (E)(1) of 2921
this section shall expend any personal funds in excess of the 2922
amount specified in division (C)(1) or (2) of this section, 2923
whichever is appropriate to the committee.2924

       (4) The candidate of any campaign committee that violates 2925
division (E) of this section shall forfeit the candidate's 2926
nomination, if the candidate was nominated, or the office to which2927
the candidate was elected, if the candidate was elected to office.2928

       (F)(1) Whenever a campaign committee files a notice under2929
division (C)(1) or (2) of this section or whenever the 2930
contribution limitations prescribed in section 3517.102 of the 2931
Revised Code do not apply to a campaign committee under division 2932
(D)(1) of this section, that committee is not a designated state 2933
campaign committee for the purpose of the limitations prescribed 2934
in section 3517.102 of the Revised Code with regard to2935
contributions made by that campaign committee to a legislative 2936
campaign fund or to a state candidate fund of a state or county 2937
political party.2938

       (2) Division (F)(1) of this section no longer applies to a 2939
campaign committee after both of the following occur:2940

       (a) The primary or general election period during which the 2941
contribution limitations prescribed in section 3517.102 of the 2942
Revised Code did not apply after being removed pursuant to 2943
division (D) of this section has expired;2944

       (b) When the campaign committee has disposed of all excess 2945
funds and excess aggregate contributions as required under section2946
3517.1010 of the Revised Code.2947

       Sec. 3517.104.  (A) In January of each odd-numbered year, the 2948
secretary of state, in accordance with this division and division 2949
(B) of this section, shall adjust each amount specified in section 2950
3517.102 and in division (B)(4)(e) of section 3517.10 of the 2951
Revised Code. The adjustment shall be based on the yearly average 2952
of the previous two years of the Consumer Price Index for All2953
Urban Consumers or its successive equivalent, as determined by the 2954
United States department of labor, bureau of labor statistics, or 2955
its successor in responsibility, for all items, Series A. Using2956
the 1996 yearly average as the base year, the secretary of state2957
shall compare the most current average consumer price index with2958
that determined in the preceding odd-numbered year, and shall2959
determine the percentage increase or decrease. The percentage2960
increase or decrease shall be multiplied by the actual dollar2961
figure for each office or entity specified in section 3517.102 of 2962
the Revised Code and by each actual dollar figure specified in 2963
division (B)(4)(e) of section 3517.10 of the Revised Code as 2964
determined in the previous odd-numbered year, and the product 2965
shall be added to or subtracted from its corresponding actual 2966
dollar figure, as necessary, for that previous odd-numbered year. 2967
The2968

       The resulting amount shall be rounded to the nearest five 2969
hundred dollars if the calculations are made regarding the amounts 2970
specified in section 3517.102 of the Revised Code or to the2971
nearest twenty-five dollars if the calculations are made regarding 2972
the amounts specified in division (B)(4)(e) of section 3517.10 of 2973
the Revised Code.2974

       If the calculations are made regarding the amounts specified 2975
in section 3517.102 of the Revised Code, the resulting amount 2976
shall not be rounded. If that resulting amount is less than one 2977
hundred dollars, the secretary of state shall retain a record of 2978
the resulting amount and the manner in which it was calculated, 2979
but shall not make an adjustment unless the resulting amount, when 2980
added to the resulting amount calculated in each prior 2981
odd-numbered year since the last adjustment was made, equals or 2982
exceeds one hundred dollars.2983

       (B)(1) The secretary of state shall calculate the adjustment 2984
under division (A) of this section and shall report the 2985
calculations and necessary materials to the auditor of state, on 2986
or before the thirty-first day of January of each odd-numbered 2987
year. The secretary of state shall base the adjustment on the most 2988
current consumer price index that is described in division (A) of 2989
this section and that is in effect as of the first day of January 2990
of each odd-numbered year.2991

       (2) The calculations made by the secretary of state under 2992
divisions (A) and (B)(1) of this section shall be certified by the 2993
auditor of state on or before the fifteenth day of February of 2994
each odd-numbered year.2995

       (3) On or before the twenty-fifth day of February of each 2996
odd-numbered year, the secretary of state shall prepare a report 2997
setting forth the maximum contribution limitations under section 2998
3517.102 of the Revised Code, the maximum amounts, if any, of 2999
contributions permitted to be kept under that section, and the 3000
amounts required under division (B)(4)(e) of section 3517.10 of 3001
the Revised Code for reporting contributions and in-kind3002
contributions at social or fund-raising activities and3003
contributions from amounts deducted from an employee's wages and3004
salary, as calculated and certified pursuant to divisions (A) and 3005
(B)(1) and (2) of this section. The report and all documents 3006
relating to the calculations contained in the report are public 3007
records. The report shall contain an indication of the period in 3008
which the limitations, the maximum contribution amounts, and the 3009
reporting amounts apply, a summary of how the limitations, the 3010
maximum contribution amounts, and the reporting amounts were3011
calculated, and a statement that the report and all related3012
documents are available for inspection and copying at the office3013
of the secretary of state.3014

       (4) On or before the twenty-fifth day of February of each 3015
odd-numbered year, the secretary of state shall transmit the 3016
report to the general assembly, and shall send the report by mail 3017
to the board of elections of each county.3018

       (5) The secretary of state shall send the report by mail to 3019
each person who files a declaration of candidacy or nominating 3020
petition with the secretary of state for the office of governor, 3021
lieutenant governor, secretary of state, auditor of state, 3022
treasurer of state, attorney general, member of the state board of 3023
education, chief justice of the supreme court, or justice of the 3024
supreme court. The report shall be mailed on or before the tenth 3025
day after the filing.3026

       (6) A board of elections shall send the report by mail to 3027
each person who files a declaration of candidacy or nominating 3028
petition with the board for the office of state representative or 3029
state senator. The report shall be mailed on or before the tenth 3030
day after the filing.3031

       Sec. 3517.105.  (A)(1) As used in this section, "public 3032
political advertising" means advertising to the general public 3033
through a broadcasting station, newspaper, magazine, poster, yard 3034
sign, or outdoor advertising facility, by direct mail, or by any 3035
other means of advertising to the general public.3036

       (2) For purposes of this section and section 3517.20 of the 3037
Revised Code, a person is a member of a political action committee 3038
if the person makes one or more contributions to that political 3039
action committee, and a person is a member of a political 3040
contributing entity if the person makes one or more contributions 3041
to, or pays dues, membership fees, or other assessments to, that3042
political contributing entity.3043

       (B)(1) Whenever a candidate, a campaign committee, a3044
political action committee or political contributing entity with 3045
ten or more members, or a legislative campaign fund makes an 3046
independent expenditure, or whenever a political action committee 3047
or political contributing entity with fewer than ten members makes 3048
an independent expenditure in excess of one hundred dollars for a 3049
local candidate, in excess of two hundred fifty dollars for a3050
candidate for the office of member of the general assembly, or in 3051
excess of five hundred dollars for a statewide candidate, for the 3052
purpose of financing communications advocating the election or3053
defeat of an identified candidate or solicits without the3054
candidate's express consent a contribution for or against an3055
identified candidate through public political advertising, a 3056
statement shall appear or be presented in a clear and conspicuous 3057
manner in the advertising that does both of the following:3058

       (a) Clearly indicates that the communication or public 3059
political advertising is not authorized by the candidate or the 3060
candidate's campaign committee;3061

       (b) Clearly identifies the candidate, campaign committee, 3062
political action committee, political contributing entity, or3063
legislative campaign fund that has paid for the communication or 3064
public political advertising in accordance with section 3517.20 of 3065
the Revised Code.3066

       (2)(a) Whenever any campaign committee, legislative campaign 3067
fund, political action committee, political contributing entity,3068
or political party makes an independent expenditure in support of 3069
or opposition to any candidate, the committee, entity, fund, or 3070
party shall report the independent expenditure and identify the 3071
candidate on a statement prescribed by the secretary of state and 3072
filed by the committee, entity, fund, or political party as part 3073
of its statement of contributions and expenditures pursuant to 3074
division (A) of section 3517.10 and division (A) of section 3075
3517.11 of the Revised Code.3076

       (b) Whenever any individual, partnership, or other entity, 3077
except a corporation, labor organization, campaign committee, 3078
legislative campaign fund, political action committee, political 3079
contributing entity, or political party, makes one or more 3080
independent expenditures in support of or opposition to any 3081
candidate, the individual, partnership, or other entity shall file 3082
with the secretary of state in the case of a statewide candidate, 3083
or with the board of elections in the county in which the 3084
candidate files the candidate's petitions for nomination or 3085
election for district or local office, not later than the dates 3086
specified in divisions (A)(1), (2), and (3), and (4) of section 3087
3517.10 of the Revised Code, and, except as otherwise provided in 3088
that section, a statement itemizing all independent expenditures 3089
made during the period since the close of business on the last day 3090
reflected in the last previously filed such statement, if any. The 3091
statement shall be made on a form prescribed by the secretary of 3092
state or shall be filed by electronic means of transmission 3093
pursuant to division (G) of section 3517.106 of the Revised Code 3094
as authorized or required by that division. The statement shall 3095
indicate the date and the amount of each independent expenditure 3096
and the candidate on whose behalf it was made and shall be made 3097
under penalty of election falsification.3098

       (C)(1) Whenever a corporation, labor organization, campaign3099
committee, political action committee with ten or more members, or 3100
legislative campaign fund makes an independent expenditure, or 3101
whenever a political action committee with fewer than ten members 3102
makes an independent expenditure in excess of one hundred dollars 3103
for a local ballot issue or question, or in excess of five hundred 3104
dollars for a statewide ballot issue or question, for the purpose 3105
of financing communications advocating support of or opposition to3106
an identified ballot issue or question or solicits without the 3107
express consent of the ballot issue committee a contribution for 3108
or against an identified ballot issue or question through public 3109
political advertising, a statement shall appear or be presented in 3110
a clear and conspicuous manner in the advertising that does both 3111
of the following:3112

       (a) Clearly indicates that the communication or public 3113
political advertising is not authorized by the identified ballot 3114
issue committee;3115

       (b) Clearly identifies the corporation, labor organization,3116
campaign committee, legislative campaign fund, or political action 3117
committee that has paid for the communication or public political 3118
advertising in accordance with section 3517.20 of the Revised 3119
Code.3120

       (2)(a) Whenever any corporation, labor organization, campaign3121
committee, legislative campaign fund, political party, or 3122
political action committee makes an independent expenditure in 3123
support of or opposition to any ballot issue or question, the 3124
corporation or labor organization shall report the independent 3125
expenditure in accordance with division (C) of section 3599.03 of 3126
the Revised Code, and the campaign committee, fund, party, or 3127
political action committee shall report the independent 3128
expenditure and identify the ballot issue or question on a 3129
statement prescribed by the secretary of state and filed by the 3130
campaign committee, fund, political party, or political action 3131
committee as part of its statement of contributions and 3132
expenditures pursuant to division (A) of section 3517.10 and 3133
division (A) of section 3517.11 of the Revised Code.3134

       (b) Whenever any individual, partnership, or other entity, 3135
except a corporation, labor organization, campaign committee, 3136
legislative campaign fund, political action committee, or 3137
political party, makes one or more independent expenditures in 3138
excess of one hundred dollars in support of or opposition to any 3139
ballot issue or question, the individual, partnership, or other 3140
entity shall file with the secretary of state in the case of a 3141
statewide ballot issue or question, or with the board of elections 3142
in the county that certifies the issue or question for placement 3143
on the ballot in the case of a district or local issue or 3144
question, not later than the dates specified in divisiondivisions3145
(A)(1), (2), and (3), and (4) of section 3517.10 of the Revised 3146
Code, and, except as otherwise provided in that section, a 3147
statement itemizing all independent expenditures made during the 3148
period since the close of business on the last day reflected in 3149
the last previously filed such statement, if any. The statement3150
shall be made on a form prescribed by the secretary of state or3151
shall be filed by electronic means of transmission pursuant to3152
division (G) of section 3517.106 of the Revised Code as authorized 3153
or required by that division. The statement shall indicate the 3154
date and the amount of each independent expenditure and the ballot 3155
issue or question in support of or opposition to which it was made 3156
and shall be made under penalty of election falsification.3157

       (3) No person, campaign committee, legislative campaign fund, 3158
political action committee, corporation, labor organization, or 3159
other organization or association shall use or cause to be used a 3160
false or fictitious name in making an independent expenditure in 3161
support of or opposition to any candidate or any ballot issue or 3162
question. A name is false or fictitious if the person, campaign 3163
committee, legislative campaign fund, political action committee,3164
corporation, labor organization, or other organization or 3165
association does not actually exist or operate, if the 3166
corporation, labor organization, or other organization or 3167
association has failed to file a fictitious name or other 3168
registration with the secretary of state, if it is required to do3169
so, or if the person, campaign committee, legislative campaign 3170
fund, or political action committee has failed to file a 3171
designation of the appointment of a treasurer, if it is required 3172
to do so by division (D)(1) of section 3517.10 of the Revised3173
Code.3174

       (D) Any expenditure by a political party for the purpose of 3175
financing communications advocating the election or defeat of a 3176
candidate for judicial office shall be deemed to be an independent 3177
expenditure subject to the provisions of this section.3178

       Sec. 3517.106.  (A) As used in this section:3179

       (1) "Statewide office" means any of the offices of governor,3180
lieutenant governor, secretary of state, auditor of state,3181
treasurer of state, attorney general, chief justice of the supreme3182
court, and justice of the supreme court.3183

       (2) "Addendum to a statement" includes an amendment or other3184
correction to that statement.3185

       (B)(1) The secretary of state shall store on computer the3186
information contained in statements of contributions and3187
expenditures and monthly statements required to be filed under3188
section 3517.10 of the Revised Code and in statements of3189
independent expenditures required to be filed under section3190
3517.105 of the Revised Code by any of the following:3191

       (1)(a) The campaign committees of candidates for statewide3192
office;3193

       (2)(b) The political action committees and political3194
contributing entities described in division (A)(1) of section3195
3517.11 of the Revised Code;3196

       (3)(c) Legislative campaign funds;3197

       (4)(d) State political parties;3198

       (5)(e) Individuals, partnerships, corporations, labor3199
organizations, or other entities that make independent3200
expenditures in support of or opposition to a statewide candidate3201
or a statewide ballot issue or question;3202

       (6)(f) The campaign committees of candidates for the office 3203
of member of the general assembly;3204

       (g) County political parties, with respect to their state 3205
candidate funds.3206

       (2) The secretary of state shall store on computer the 3207
information contained in disclosure of electioneering 3208
communications statements required to be filed under section 3209
3517.1011 of the Revised Code.3210

       (3) The secretary of state shall store on computer the 3211
information contained in deposit and disbursement statements 3212
required to be filed with the office of the secretary of state 3213
under section 3517.1012 of the Revised Code.3214

       (C)(1) The secretary of state shall make available to the3215
campaign committees, political action committees, political3216
contributing entities, legislative campaign funds, political3217
parties, individuals, partnerships, corporations, labor3218
organizations, and other entities described in division (B) of3219
this section, and to members of the news media and other3220
interested persons, for a reasonable fee, computer programs that3221
are compatible with the secretary of state's method of storing the3222
information contained in the statements.3223

       (2) The secretary of state shall make the information3224
required to be stored under division (B) of this section available3225
on computer at the secretary of state's office so that, to the3226
maximum extent feasible, individuals may obtain at the secretary3227
of state's office any part or all of that information for any3228
given year, subject to the limitation expressed in division (D) of3229
this section.3230

       (D) The secretary of state shall keep the information stored3231
on computer under division (B) of this section for at least six3232
years.3233

       (E)(1) Subject to division (L) of this section and subject to 3234
the secretary of state having implemented, tested, and verified 3235
the successful operation of any system the secretary of state 3236
prescribes pursuant to division (H)(1) of this section and3237
divisions (C)(6)(b) and (D)(6) of section 3517.10 of the Revised 3238
Code for the filing of campaign finance statements by electronic 3239
means of transmission, the campaign committee of each candidate 3240
for statewide office may file the statements prescribed by section 3241
3517.10 of the Revised Code by electronic means of transmission 3242
or, if the total amount of the contributions received or the total 3243
amount of the expenditures made by the campaign committee for the 3244
applicable reporting period as specified in division (A) of 3245
section 3517.10 of the Revised Code exceeds ten thousand dollars, 3246
shall file those statements by electronic means of transmission.3247

       Except as otherwise provided in this division, within five3248
business days after a statement filed by a campaign committee of a3249
candidate for statewide office is received by the secretary of3250
state by electronic or other means of transmission, the secretary3251
of state shall make available online to the public through the3252
internet, as provided in division (I) of this section, the3253
contribution and expenditure information in that statement. The3254
secretary of state shall not make available online to the public3255
through the internet any contribution or expenditure information3256
contained in a statement for any candidate until the secretary of3257
state is able to make available online to the public through the3258
internet the contribution and expenditure information for all3259
candidates for a particular office, or until the applicable filing 3260
deadline for that statement has passed, whichever is sooner. As 3261
soon as the secretary of state has available all of thatthe 3262
contribution and expenditure information for all candidates for a 3263
particular office, or as soon as the applicable filing deadline 3264
for a statement has passed, whichever is sooner, the secretary of3265
state shall simultaneously make available online to the public3266
through the internet the information for all candidates for a3267
particularthat office.3268

       If a statement filed by electronic means of transmission is3269
found to be incomplete or inaccurate after the examination of the3270
statement for completeness and accuracy pursuant to division3271
(B)(3)(a) of section 3517.11 of the Revised Code, the campaign3272
committee shall file by electronic means of transmission any3273
addendum to the statement that provides the information necessary3274
to complete or correct the statement or, if required by the3275
secretary of state under that division, an amended statement.3276

       Within five business days after the secretary of state3277
receives from a campaign committee of a candidate for statewide3278
office an addendum to the statement or an amended statement by3279
electronic or other means of transmission under this division or3280
division (B)(3)(a) of section 3517.11 of the Revised Code, the3281
secretary of state shall make the contribution and expenditure3282
information in the addendum or amended statement available online3283
to the public through the internet as provided in division (I) of3284
this section.3285

       (2) Subject to division (E)(3) of this section and subject to 3286
the secretary of state having implemented, tested, and verified3287
the successful operation of any system the secretary of state3288
prescribes pursuant to division (H)(1) of this section and3289
divisions (C)(6)(b) and (D)(6) of section 3517.10 of the Revised3290
Code for the filing of campaign finance statements by electronic3291
means of transmission, a political action committee and a 3292
political contributing entity described in division (B)(2)(1)(b)3293
of this section, a legislative campaign fund, and a state 3294
political party may file the statements prescribed by section 3295
3517.10 of the Revised Code by electronic means of transmission 3296
or, if the total amount of the contributions received or the total 3297
amount of the expenditures made by the political action committee, 3298
legislative campaign fund, or state political party for the 3299
applicable reporting period as specified in division (A) of 3300
section 3517.10 of the Revised Code exceeds ten thousand dollars, 3301
shall file those statements by electronic means of transmission.3302

       Within five business days after a statement filed by a3303
political action committee or a political contributing entity3304
described in division (B)(2)(1)(b) of this section, a legislative3305
campaign fund, or a state political party is received by the3306
secretary of state by electronic or other means of transmission,3307
the secretary of state shall make available online to the public3308
through the internet, as provided in division (I) of this section,3309
the contribution and expenditure information in that statement.3310

       If a statement filed by electronic means of transmission is3311
found to be incomplete or inaccurate after the examination of the3312
statement for completeness and accuracy pursuant to division3313
(B)(3)(a) of section 3517.11 of the Revised Code, the political3314
action committee, political contributing entity, legislative3315
campaign fund, or state political party shall file by electronic3316
means of transmission any addendum to the statement that provides3317
the information necessary to complete or correct the statement or,3318
if required by the secretary of state under that division, an3319
amended statement.3320

       Within five business days after the secretary of state3321
receives from a political action committee or a political3322
contributing entity described in division (B)(2)(1)(b) of this 3323
section, a legislative campaign fund, or a state political party 3324
an addendum to the statement or an amended statement by electronic 3325
or other means of transmission under this division or division3326
(B)(3)(a) of section 3517.11 of the Revised Code, the secretary of3327
state shall make the contribution and expenditure information in3328
the addendum or amended statement available online to the public3329
through the internet as provided in division (I) of this section.3330

       (3) Subject to the secretary of state having implemented,3331
tested, and verified the successful operation of any system the3332
secretary of state prescribes pursuant to division (H)(1) of this3333
section and divisions (C)(6)(b) and (D)(6) of section 3517.10 of3334
the Revised Code for the filing of campaign finance statements by3335
electronic means of transmission, a political action committee and 3336
a political contributing entity described in division (B)(2) of 3337
this section, a legislative campaign fund, and a statecounty3338
political party shall file the statements prescribed by section 3339
3517.10 of the Revised Code with respect to its state candidate 3340
fund by electronic means of transmission if the total amount of 3341
the contributions received or the total amount of the expenditures3342
made by the political action committee, political contributing3343
entity, legislative campaign fund, or political party for the3344
applicable reporting period as specified in division (A) of3345
section 3517.10 of the Revised Code exceeds ten thousand dollars3346
to the office of the secretary of state.3347

       Within five business days after a statement filed by a3348
political action committee or a political contributing entity3349
described in division (B)(2) of this section, a legislative3350
campaign fund, or a statecounty political party with respect to 3351
its state candidate fund is received by the secretary of state by 3352
electronic or other means of transmission, the secretary of state 3353
shall make available online to the public through the internet, as 3354
provided in division (I) of this section, the contribution and 3355
expenditure information in that statement.3356

       If a statement filed by electronic means of transmission is3357
found to be incomplete or inaccurate after the examination of the3358
statement for completeness and accuracy pursuant to division3359
(B)(3)(a) of section 3517.11 of the Revised Code, the political3360
action committee, political contributing entity, legislative3361
campaign fund, or statea county political party shall file by 3362
electronic means of transmission any addendum to the statement 3363
that provides the information necessary to complete or correct the 3364
statement or, if required by the secretary of state under that3365
division, an amended statement.3366

       Within five business days after the secretary of state3367
receives from a political action committee or a political3368
contributing entity described in division (B)(2) of this section,3369
a legislative campaign fund, or a statecounty political party an3370
addendum to the statement or an amended statement by electronic or3371
other means of transmission under this division or division3372
(B)(3)(a) of section 3517.11 of the Revised Code, the secretary of3373
state shall make the contribution and expenditure information in3374
the addendum or amended statement available online to the public3375
through the internet as provided in division (I) of this section.3376

       (F)(1) Subject to division (F)(4)(L) of this section and3377
subject to the secretary of state having implemented, tested, and3378
verified the successful operation of any system the secretary of3379
state prescribes pursuant to division (H)(1) of this section and3380
divisions (C)(6)(b) and (D)(6) of section 3517.10 of the Revised3381
Code for the filing of campaign finance statements by electronic3382
means of transmission or on computer disk, a campaign committee of 3383
a candidate for the office of member of the general assembly or a 3384
campaign committee of a candidate for the office of judge of a 3385
court of appeals may file the statements prescribed by section 3386
3517.10 of the Revised Code in accordance with division (A)(2) of 3387
section 3517.11 of the Revised Code or by electronic means of3388
transmission to the office of the secretary of state or, until 3389
March 1, 2004, on computer disk with the appropriate board of 3390
elections specified in division (A)(2) of section 3517.11 of the 3391
Revised Codeif the total amount of the contributions received by 3392
the campaign committee for the applicable reporting period as 3393
specified in division (A) of section 3517.10 of the Revised Code 3394
exceeds ten thousand dollars, shall file those statements by 3395
electronic means of transmission to the office of the secretary of 3396
state.3397

       Except as otherwise provided in this division, within five3398
business days after a statement filed by a campaign committee of a3399
candidate for the office of member of the general assembly or a 3400
campaign committee of a candidate for the office of judge of a 3401
court of appeals is received by the secretary of state by3402
electronic or other means of transmission, the secretary of state 3403
shall make available online to the public through the internet, as 3404
provided in division (I) of this section, the contribution and 3405
expenditure information in that statement. The secretary of state 3406
shall not make available online to the public through the internet 3407
any contribution or expenditure information contained in a3408
statement for any candidate until the secretary of state is able 3409
to make available online to the public through the internet the3410
contribution and expenditure information for all candidates for a3411
particular office, or until the applicable filing deadline for 3412
that statement has passed, whichever is sooner. As soon as the3413
secretary of state has available all of thatthe contribution and 3414
expenditure information for all candidates for a particular 3415
office, or as soon as the applicable filing deadline for a 3416
statement has passed, whichever is sooner, the secretary of state 3417
shall simultaneously make available online to the public through 3418
the internet the information for all candidates for a particular3419
that office.3420

       If a statement filed by electronic means of transmission or3421
on computer disk is found to be incomplete or inaccurate after the3422
examination of the statement for completeness and accuracy3423
pursuant to division (B)(3)(a) of section 3517.11 of the Revised3424
Code, the campaign committee shall file by electronic means of3425
transmission to the office of the secretary of state, or, until3426
March 1, 2004, on computer disk with the appropriate board of 3427
elections if the original statement was filed on computer disk,3428
any addendum to the statement that provides the information3429
necessary to complete or correct the statement or, if required by3430
the secretary of state under that division, an amended statement.3431

       Within five business days after the secretary of state3432
receives from a campaign committee of a candidate for the office3433
of member of the general assembly or a campaign committee of a 3434
candidate for the office of judge of a court of appeals an 3435
addendum to the statement or an amended statement by electronic or 3436
other means of transmission under this division or division 3437
(B)(3)(a) of section 3517.11 of the Revised Code, the secretary of3438
state shall make the contribution and expenditure information in 3439
the addendum or amended statement available online to the public 3440
through the internet as provided in division (I) of this section.3441

       (2) Until March 1, 2004, if a campaign committee of a3442
candidate for the office of member of the general assembly files a3443
statement of contributions and expenditures, an addendum to the3444
statement, or an amended statement by electronic means of3445
transmission or on computer disk pursuant to division (F)(1) of3446
this section, the campaign committee shall file as prescribed by3447
section 3517.10 of the Revised Code with the appropriate board of3448
elections specified in division (A)(2) of section 3517.11 of the3449
Revised Code a printed version of the statement, addendum, or3450
amended statement filed by electronic means of transmission or on3451
computer disk, in the format that the secretary of state shall3452
prescribe.3453

        If a statement, addendum, or amended statement is not filed 3454
by electronic means of transmission or on computer diskto the 3455
office of the secretary of state but is filed by printed version3456
only under division (A)(2) of section 3517.11 of the Revised Code 3457
with the appropriate board of elections, the campaign committee of 3458
a candidate for the office of member of the general assembly or a 3459
campaign committee of a candidate for the office of judge of a 3460
court of appeals shall file two copies of the printed version of 3461
the statement, addendum, or amended statement with the appropriate3462
board of elections. The board of elections shall send one of those 3463
copies by overnight delivery service to the secretary of state 3464
before the close of business on the day the board of elections 3465
receives the statement, addendum, or amended statement.3466

       (3)(a) Subject to division (F)(4) of this section and subject 3467
to the secretary of state having implemented, tested, and verified 3468
the successful operation of any system the secretary of state 3469
prescribes pursuant to division (H)(1) of this section and3470
divisions (C)(6)(b) and (D)(6) of section 3517.10 of the Revised3471
Code for the filing of campaign finance statements by electronic3472
means of transmission or on computer disk, the secretary of state 3473
shall assess, and a campaign committee of a candidate for the 3474
office of member of the general assembly shall pay, a fee as 3475
provided in this division if the campaign committee has not filed 3476
the campaign finance statements prescribed by section 3517.10 of 3477
the Revised Code by electronic means of transmission or on 3478
computer disk pursuant to division (F)(1) of this section. The fee 3479
shall be calculated on the total contributions received for the 3480
applicable reporting period specified in division (A) of section 3481
3517.10 of the Revised Code as follows:3482

       (i) No fee for total contributions up to and including ten3483
thousand dollars;3484

       (ii) A fee of fifty dollars for total contributions of over3485
ten thousand dollars up to and including twenty-five thousand3486
dollars;3487

       (iii) A fee of one hundred fifty dollars for total3488
contributions over twenty-five thousand dollars up to and3489
including fifty thousand dollars;3490

       (iv) A fee of two hundred dollars for total contributions3491
over fifty thousand dollars.3492

       (b) No campaign committee of a candidate for the office of3493
member of the general assembly shall be required to pay the fee3494
prescribed by division (F)(3)(a) of this section in connection3495
with the filing of an addendum to a statement of contributions and3496
expenditures or in connection with the filing of an amended3497
statement.3498

       (c) The fee prescribed by division (F)(3)(a) of this section3499
shall be made payable to the secretary of state and shall be3500
collected by the appropriate board of elections at the time the3501
campaign committee of a candidate for the office of member of the3502
general assembly files the statement of contributions and3503
expenditures. The fee shall be sent along with the statement,3504
before the close of business on the day it is received, to the3505
secretary of state by overnight delivery service.3506

       (4) Subject to the secretary of state having implemented,3507
tested, and verified the successful operation of any system the3508
secretary of state prescribes pursuant to division (H)(1) of this3509
section and divisions (C)(6)(b) and (D)(6) of section 3517.10 of3510
the Revised Code for the filing of campaign finance statements by3511
electronic means of transmission, on and after March 1, 2004, a3512
campaign committee of a candidate for the office of member of the 3513
general assembly shall file the statements prescribed by section 3514
3517.10 of the Revised Code by electronic means of transmission to 3515
the secretary of state if the total amount of the contributions3516
received by the campaign committee for the applicable reporting3517
period as specified in division (A) of section 3517.10 of the3518
Revised Code exceeds ten thousand dollars.3519

       Except as otherwise provided in this division, within five3520
business days after a statement filed by a campaign committee of a3521
candidate for the office of member of the general assembly is3522
received by the secretary of state by electronic or other means of3523
transmission, the secretary of state shall make available online3524
to the public through the internet, as provided in division (I) of3525
this section, the contribution and expenditure information in that3526
statement. The secretary of state shall not make available online3527
to the public through the internet any contribution or expenditure3528
information contained in a statement for any candidate until the3529
secretary of state is able to make available online to the public3530
through the internet the contribution and expenditure information3531
for all candidates for a particular office. As soon as the3532
secretary of state has available all of that information, the3533
secretary of state shall simultaneously make available online to3534
the public through the internet the information for all candidates3535
for a particular office.3536

       If a statement filed by electronic means of transmission is3537
found to be incomplete or inaccurate after the examination of the3538
statement for completeness and accuracy pursuant to division3539
(B)(3)(a) of section 3517.11 of the Revised Code, the campaign3540
committee of a candidate for the office of member of the general3541
assembly shall file by electronic means of transmission any3542
addendum to the statement that provides the information necessary3543
to complete or correct the statement or, if required by the3544
secretary of state under that division, an amended statement.3545

       Within five business days after the secretary of state3546
receives from a campaign committee of a candidate for the office3547
of member of the general assembly an addendum to the statement or3548
an amended statement by electronic or other means of transmission3549
under this division or division (B)(3)(a) of section 3517.11 of3550
the Revised Code, the secretary of state shall make the3551
contribution and expenditure information in the addendum or3552
amended statement available online to the public through the3553
internet as provided in division (I) of this section.3554

       (G)(1) Subject to division (G)(2) of this section and subject3555
to the secretary of state having implemented, tested, and verified 3556
the successful operation of any system the secretary of state 3557
prescribes pursuant to division (H)(1) of this section and3558
divisions (C)(6)(b) and (D)(6) of section 3517.10 of the Revised3559
Code for the filing of campaign finance statements by electronic3560
means of transmission, any individual, partnership, or other 3561
entity that makes independent expenditures in support of or3562
opposition to a statewide candidate or a statewide ballot issue or3563
question as provided in division (B)(2)(b) or (C)(2)(b) of section3564
3517.105 of the Revised Code may file the statement specified in3565
that division by electronic means of transmission or, if the total 3566
amount of independent expenditures made during the reporting 3567
period under that division exceeds ten thousand dollars, shall 3568
file the statement specified in that division by electronic means 3569
of transmission.3570

       Within five business days after a statement filed by an3571
individual, partnership, or other entity is received by the3572
secretary of state by electronic or other means of transmission,3573
the secretary of state shall make available online to the public3574
through the internet, as provided in division (I) of this section,3575
the expenditure information in that statement.3576

       If a statement filed by electronic means of transmission is3577
found to be incomplete or inaccurate after the examination of the3578
statement for completeness and accuracy pursuant to division3579
(B)(3)(a) of section 3517.11 of the Revised Code, the individual,3580
partnership, or other entity shall file by electronic means of3581
transmission any addendum to the statement that provides the3582
information necessary to complete or correct the statement or, if3583
required by the secretary of state under that division, an amended3584
statement.3585

       Within five business days after the secretary of state3586
receives from an individual, partnership, or other entity3587
described in division (B)(2)(b) or (C)(2)(b) of section 3517.1053588
of the Revised Code an addendum to the statement or an amended3589
statement by electronic or other means of transmission under this3590
division or division (B)(3)(a) of section 3517.11 of the Revised3591
Code, the secretary of state shall make the expenditure3592
information in the addendum or amended statement available online3593
to the public through the internet as provided in division (I) of3594
this section.3595

       (2) Subject to the secretary of state having implemented,3596
tested, and verified the successful operation of any system the3597
secretary of state prescribes pursuant to division (H)(1) of this3598
section and divisions (C)(6)(b) and (D)(6) of section 3517.10 of3599
the Revised Code for the filing of campaign finance statements by3600
electronic means of transmission, any individual, partnership, or3601
other entity that makes independent expenditures in support of or 3602
opposition to a statewide candidate or a statewide ballot issue or 3603
question as provided in division (B)(2)(b) or (C)(2)(b) of section 3604
3517.105 of the Revised Code shall file the statement specified in 3605
that division by electronic means of transmission if the total3606
amount of the independent expenditures made during the reporting 3607
period under that division exceeds ten thousand dollars.3608

       Within five business days after a statement filed by an3609
individual, partnership, or other entity is received by the3610
secretary of state by electronic or other means of transmission,3611
the secretary of state shall make available online to the public3612
through the internet, as provided in division (I) of this section,3613
the expenditure information in that statement.3614

       If a statement filed by electronic means of transmission is3615
found to be incomplete or inaccurate after the examination of the3616
statement for completeness and accuracy pursuant to division3617
(B)(3)(a) of section 3517.11 of the Revised Code, the individual,3618
partnership, or other entity shall file by electronic means of3619
transmission any addendum to the statement that provides the3620
information necessary to complete or correct the statement or, if3621
required by the secretary of state under that division, an amended3622
statement.3623

       Within five business days after the secretary of state3624
receives from an individual, partnership, or other entity3625
described in division (B)(2)(b) or (C)(2)(b) of section 3517.1053626
of the Revised Code an addendum to the statement or an amended3627
statement by electronic or other means of transmission under this3628
division or division (B)(3)(a) of section 3517.11 of the Revised3629
Code, the secretary of state shall make the expenditure3630
information in the addendum or amended statement available online3631
to the public through the internet as provided in division (I) of3632
this section.3633

       (H)(1) The secretary of state, by rule adopted pursuant to3634
section 3517.23 of the Revised Code, shall prescribe one or more3635
techniques by which a person who executes and transmits by3636
electronic means a statement of contributions and expenditures, a3637
statement of independent expenditures, a disclosure of 3638
electioneering communications statement, or a deposit and 3639
disbursement statement, an addendum to either statementany of 3640
those statements, an amended statement of contributions and3641
expenditures, or an amended statement of independent expenditures, 3642
an amended disclosure of electioneering communications statement, 3643
or an amended deposit and disbursement statement, under this3644
section or section 3517.10 or, 3517.105, 3517.1011, or 3517.10123645
of the Revised Code shall electronically sign the statement, 3646
addendum, or amended statement. Any technique prescribed by the 3647
secretary of state pursuant to this division shall create an 3648
electronic signature that satisfies all of the following:3649

       (a) It is unique to the signer.3650

       (b) It objectively identifies the signer.3651

       (c) It involves the use of a signature device or other means3652
or method that is under the sole control of the signer and that3653
cannot be readily duplicated or compromised.3654

       (d) It is created and linked to the electronic record to3655
which it relates in a manner that, if the record or signature is3656
intentionally or unintentionally changed after signing, the3657
electronic signature is invalidated.3658

       (2) An electronic signature prescribed by the secretary of3659
state under division (H)(1) of this section shall be attached to3660
or associated with the statement of contributions and3661
expenditures, the statement of independent expenditures, the 3662
disclosure of electioneering communications statement, or the 3663
deposit and disbursement statement, the addendum to either 3664
statementany of those statements, the amended statement of3665
contributions and expenditures, or the amended statement of3666
independent expenditures, the amended disclosure of electioneering 3667
communications statement, or the amended deposit and disbursement 3668
statement that is executed and transmitted by electronic means by 3669
the person to whom the electronic signature is attributed. The 3670
electronic signature that is attached to or associated with the 3671
statement, addendum, or amended statement under this division 3672
shall be binding on all persons and for all purposes under the 3673
campaign finance reporting law as if the signature had been 3674
handwritten in ink on a printed form of the statement, addendum, 3675
or amended statement.3676

       (I) The secretary of state shall make the contribution and3677
expenditure, the contribution and disbursement, or the deposit and 3678
disbursement information in all statements, all addenda to the3679
statements, and all amended statements that are filed with the3680
secretary of state by electronic or other means of transmission3681
under this section or section 3517.10, 3517.105, 3517.1011, 3682
3517.1012, or 3517.11 of the Revised Code available online to the 3683
public by any means that are searchable, viewable, and accessible 3684
through the internet.3685

       (J)(1) As used in this division, "library" means a library3686
that is open to the public and that is one of the following:3687

       (a) A library that is maintained and regulated under section3688
715.13 of the Revised Code;3689

       (b) A library that is created, maintained, and regulated3690
under Chapter 3375. of the Revised Code.3691

       (2) The secretary of state shall notify all libraries of the3692
location on the internet at which the contribution and 3693
expenditure, contribution and disbursement, or deposit and 3694
disbursement information in campaign finance statements required 3695
to be made available online to the public through the internet 3696
pursuant to division (I) of this section may be accessed.3697

       If that location is part of the graphical subnetwork called3698
the world wide web and if the secretary of state has notified a 3699
library of that world wide web location as required by this 3700
division, the library shall include a link to that world wide web 3701
location on each internet-connected computer it maintains that is 3702
accessible to the public.3703

       (3) If the system the secretary of state prescribes for the3704
filing of campaign finance statements by electronic means of3705
transmission pursuant to division (H)(1) of this section and3706
divisions (C)(6)(b) and (D)(6) of section 3517.10 of the Revised3707
Code includes filing those statements through the internet via an3708
interactive location on the graphical subnetwork called the world3709
wide web, the secretary of state shall notify all libraries of the3710
world wide web location at which those statements may be filed.3711

       If those statements may be filed through the internet via an 3712
interactive location on the graphical subnetwork called the world 3713
wide web and if the secretary of state has notified a library of 3714
that world wide web location as required by this division, the 3715
library shall include a link to that world wide web location on 3716
each internet-connected computer it maintains that is accessible 3717
to the public.3718

       (K) It is an affirmative defense to a complaint or charge3719
brought against any campaign committee, political action3720
committee, legislative campaign fund, or political party, 3721
political contributing entity, orany individual, partnership, or 3722
other entity, or any person or political committee making 3723
disbursements to pay the direct costs of producing or airing 3724
electioneering communications, for the failure to file by 3725
electronic means of transmission a campaign finance statement as 3726
required by this section or section 3517.10 or, 3517.105, 3727
3517.1011, or 3517.1012 of the Revised Code that all of the3728
following apply to the campaign committee, political action 3729
committee, legislative campaign fund, or political party, 3730
political contributing entity, orthe individual, partnership, or 3731
other entity, or the person or political committee making 3732
disbursements to pay the direct costs of producing or airing 3733
electioneering communications, that failed to so file the required3734
statement:3735

       (1) The campaign committee, political action committee,3736
legislative campaign fund, or political party, political 3737
contributing entity, orthe individual, partnership, or other 3738
entity, or the person or political committee making disbursements 3739
to pay the direct costs of producing or airing electioneering 3740
communications attempted to file by electronic means of3741
transmission the required statement prior to the deadline set 3742
forth in the applicable section.3743

       (2) The campaign committee, political action committee,3744
legislative campaign fund, or political party, political 3745
contributing entity, orthe individual, partnership, or other 3746
entity, or the person or political committee making disbursements 3747
to pay the direct costs of producing or airing electioneering 3748
communications was unable to file by electronic means of3749
transmission due to an expected or unexpected shutdown of the 3750
whole or part of the electronic campaign finance statement-filing 3751
system, such as for maintenance or because of hardware, software, 3752
or network connection failure.3753

       (3) The campaign committee, political action committee,3754
legislative campaign fund, or political party, political 3755
contributing entity, orthe individual, partnership, or other 3756
entity, or the person or political committee making disbursements 3757
to pay the direct costs of producing or airing electioneering 3758
communications filed by electronic means of transmission the 3759
required statement within a reasonable period of time after being 3760
unable to so file it under the circumstance described in division3761
(K)(2) of this section.3762

       (L)(1) The secretary of state shall adopt rules pursuant to 3763
Chapter 119. of the Revised Code to permit a campaign committee of 3764
a candidate for statewide office that makes expenditures of less 3765
than twenty-five thousand dollars during the filing period or a 3766
campaign committee for the office of member of the general 3767
assembly or the office of judge of a court of appeals that would 3768
otherwise be required to file campaign finance statements by 3769
electronic means of transmission under division (E) or (F) of this 3770
section to file those statements by paper with the office of the 3771
secretary of state. Those rules shall provide for all of the 3772
following:3773

       (a) An eligible campaign committee that wishes to file a 3774
campaign finance statement by paper instead of by electronic means 3775
of transmission shall file the statement on paper with the office 3776
of the secretary of state not sooner than twenty-four hours after 3777
the end of the filing period set forth in section 3517.10 of the 3778
Revised Code that is covered by the applicable statement.3779

       (b) The statement shall be accompanied by a fee, the amount 3780
of which the secretary of state shall determine by rule. The 3781
amount of the fee established under this division shall not exceed 3782
the data entry and data verification costs the secretary of state 3783
will incur to convert the information on the statement to an 3784
electronic format as required under division (I) of this section.3785

       (c) The secretary of state shall arrange for the information 3786
in campaign finance statements filed pursuant to division (L) of 3787
this section to be made available online to the public through the 3788
internet in the same manner, and at the same times, as information 3789
is made available under divisions (E), (F), and (I) of this 3790
section for candidates whose campaign committees file those 3791
statements by electronic means of transmission.3792

       (d) The candidate of an eligible campaign committee that 3793
intends to file a campaign finance statement pursuant to division 3794
(L) of this section shall file an affidavit indicating that the 3795
candidate's campaign committee intends to so file and stating that 3796
filing the statement by electronic means of transmission would 3797
constitute a hardship for the candidate or for the eligible 3798
campaign committee.3799

       (e) An eligible campaign committee that files a campaign 3800
finance statement on paper pursuant to division (L) of this 3801
section shall review the contribution and information made 3802
available online by the secretary of state with respect to that 3803
paper filing and shall notify the secretary of state of any errors 3804
with respect to that filing that appear in the data made available 3805
on that web site.3806

       (f) If an eligible campaign committee whose candidate has 3807
filed an affidavit in accordance with rules adopted under division 3808
(L)(1)(d) of this section subsequently fails to file that 3809
statement on paper by the applicable deadline established in rules 3810
adopted under division (L)(1)(a) of this section, penalties for 3811
the late filing of the campaign finance statement shall apply to 3812
that campaign committee for each day after that paper filing 3813
deadline, as if the campaign committee had filed the statement 3814
after the applicable deadline set forth in division (A) of section 3815
3517.10 of the Revised Code.3816

       (2) The process for permitting campaign committees that would 3817
otherwise be required to file campaign finance statements by 3818
electronic means of transmission to file those statements on paper 3819
with the office of the secretary of state that is required to be 3820
developed under division (L)(1) of this section shall be in effect 3821
and available for use by eligible campaign committees for all 3822
campaign finance statements that are required to be filed on or 3823
after June 30, 2005. Notwithstanding any provision of the Revised 3824
Code to the contrary, if the process the secretary of state is 3825
required to develop under division (L)(1) of this section is not 3826
in effect and available for use on and after June 30, 2005, all 3827
penalties for the failure of campaign committees to file campaign 3828
finance statements by electronic means of transmission shall be 3829
suspended until such time as that process is in effect and 3830
available for use.3831

       (3) Notwithstanding any provision of the Revised Code to the 3832
contrary, any eligible campaign committee that files campaign 3833
finance statements on paper with the office of the secretary of 3834
state pursuant to division (L)(1) of this section shall be deemed 3835
to have filed those campaign finance statements by electronic 3836
means of transmission to the office of the secretary of state.3837

       Sec. 3517.108.  (A) As used in divisions (A) and (B) of this 3838
section:3839

       (1) "Candidate" has the same meaning as in section 3517.01 of 3840
the Revised Code but includes only candidates for the offices of 3841
governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, auditor of 3842
state, treasurer of state, attorney general, member of the state 3843
board of education, member of the general assembly, chief justice 3844
of the supreme court, and justice of the supreme court.3845

       (2) A "general election period" begins on the day after the 3846
primary election immediately preceding the general election at 3847
which a candidate seeks an office specified in division (A)(1) of 3848
this section and ends on the thirty-first day of December 3849
following that general election.3850

       (3) A "primary election period" begins on the first day of 3851
January of the year following the year in which the general 3852
election was held for the office that the candidate seeks, 3853
including any mid-term election, and ends on the day of the 3854
primary election.3855

       (B) Whenever the campaign committee of a candidate has unpaid 3856
debt at the end of a primary election period or at the end of a 3857
general election period, the committee may accept additional 3858
contributions during the immediately following election period up 3859
to the applicable limitation prescribed under section 3517.102 of 3860
the Revised Code from any individual, political action committee, 3861
political contributing entity, or other campaign committee who,3862
during the primary or general election period for which debt3863
remains unpaid, has contributed less than the contribution3864
limitations prescribed under section 3517.102 of the Revised Code 3865
applicable to that individual, political action committee,3866
political contributing entity, or other campaign committee. Any 3867
additional contribution that a campaign committee accepts under 3868
this division shall count toward the applicable limitations 3869
prescribed under section 3517.102 of the Revised Code for that 3870
primary or general election period at the end of which the debt 3871
remains unpaid, and shall not count toward the applicable 3872
limitations for any other primary or general election period if 3873
all of the following conditions apply:3874

       (1) The campaign committee reports, on the statement required 3875
to be filed under division (A)(2) of section 3517.10 of the 3876
Revised Code, all debt remaining unpaid at the end of the election 3877
period. The committee shall also file a separate statement, on a 3878
form prescribed by the secretary of state, at the same time that 3879
the committee is required to file a statement of contributions and3880
expenditures under section 3517.10 of the Revised Code. The 3881
separate statement shall include the name and address of each 3882
contributor who makes an additional contribution under division 3883
(B) of this section, how the contribution was applied to pay the 3884
unpaid debt as required by division (B)(3) of this section, and 3885
the balance of the unpaid debt after each contribution was applied 3886
to it.3887

       (2) The additional contributions are accepted only during the 3888
primary or general election period, whichever is applicable,3889
immediately following the election period covered in the statement 3890
filed under division (B)(1) of this section.3891

       (3) All additional contributions made under division (B) of 3892
this section are used by the campaign committee that receives them 3893
only to pay the debt of the committee reported under division 3894
(B)(1) of this section.3895

       (4) The campaign committee maintains a separate account for 3896
all additional contributions made under division (B) of this 3897
section, and uses moneys in that account only to pay the unpaid 3898
debt reported under division (B)(1) of this section and to 3899
administer the account.3900

       (5) The campaign committee stops accepting additional3901
contributions after funds sufficient to repay the unpaid debt 3902
reported under division (B)(1) of this section have been raised 3903
and promptly disposes of any contributions received that exceed 3904
the amount of the unpaid debt by returning the excess 3905
contributions to the contributors or by giving the excess3906
contributions to an organization that is exempt from federal 3907
income taxation under subsection 501(a) and described in 3908
subsection 501(c)(3), (4), (8), (10), or (19) of the Internal 3909
Revenue Code.3910

       Sec. 3517.109.  (A) As used in this section:3911

       (1) "Candidate" has the same meaning as in section 3517.01 of 3912
the Revised Code but includes only candidates for the offices of 3913
governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, auditor of3914
state, treasurer of state, attorney general, member of the state3915
board of education, and member of the general assembly.3916

       (2) "Statewide candidate" means the joint candidates for the3917
offices of governor and lieutenant governor or a candidate for the3918
office of secretary of state, auditor of state, treasurer of3919
state, attorney general, and member of the state board of3920
education.3921

       (3) "Senate candidate" means a candidate for the office of3922
state senator.3923

       (4) "House candidate" means a candidate for the office of3924
state representative.3925

       (5) "State office" means the offices of governor, lieutenant3926
governor, secretary of state, auditor of state, treasurer of3927
state, attorney general, member of the state board of education,3928
and member of the general assembly.3929

       (6) "Aggregate contribution" means the total of all3930
contributions from a contributor during the pre-filing period.3931

       (7) "Allowable aggregate contribution" means all of the3932
following:3933

       (a) In the case of a contribution from a contributor whose3934
contributions are subject to the contribution limits described in 3935
division (B)(1), (2), (3), or (6)(a), or (7) of section 3517.102 3936
of the Revised Code, that portion of the amount of the 3937
contributor's aggregate contribution that does not exceed the 3938
preprimary contribution limit applicable to that contributor.3939

       (b) In the case of a contribution or contributions from a3940
contributor whose contributions are not subject to the3941
contribution limits described in divisions (B)(1), (2), (3), or3942
(6)(a), or (7) of section 3517.102 of the Revised Code, the total3943
of the following:3944

       (i) That portion of the aggregate contribution that was3945
received as in-kind services;3946

       (ii) That portion of the aggregate contribution that was3947
received as cash and does not exceed the applicable preprimary3948
cash transfer or contribution limits described in division3949
(B)(6)(b) of section 3517.102 of the Revised Code.3950

       (8) "Excess aggregate contribution" means, for each3951
contributor, the amount by which that contributor's aggregate3952
contribution exceeds that contributor's allowable aggregate3953
contribution.3954

       (9) "Pre-filing period" means the period of time ending on3955
the day that the candidacy petitions are due for the state office3956
for which the candidate has filed and beginning on the latest date3957
of the following:3958

       (a) The first day of January of the year following the3959
general election in which that state office was last on the3960
ballot;3961

       (b) The first day of January of the year following the3962
general election in which the candidate was last a candidate for3963
any office;3964

       (c) The first day of the month following the primary election 3965
in which the candidate was last a candidate for any office.3966

       (10) "Filing date" means the last date on which a candidacy3967
petition may be filed for an office.3968

       (11) "Applicable carry-in limit" means thirty-five thousand3969
dollars if the candidate is a house candidate or a candidate for3970
the state board of education, one hundred thousand dollars if the3971
candidate is a senate candidate, and two hundred thousand dollars3972
if the candidate is a statewide candidate other than a candidate3973
for the state board of education.3974

       (12) "Campaign asset" means prepaid, purchased, or donated3975
assets available to the candidate on the date of the filing3976
deadline for the office the candidate is seeking that will be3977
consumed or depleted in the course of the candidate's election3978
campaign, including, but not limited to, postage, prepaid rent for3979
campaign headquarters, prepaid radio, television, and newspaper3980
advertising, and other prepaid consulting and personal services.3981

       (13) "Permitted funds" means the sum of the following:3982

       (a) The total of the allowable aggregate contribution of each 3983
contributor;3984

       (b) The applicable carry-in limit.3985

       (14) "Excess funds" means the amount by which the sum of the3986
total cash on hand and total reported campaign assets exceeds3987
permitted funds.3988

       (15) "Covered candidate" means both of the following:3989

       (a) A candidate who, during the pre-filing period, accepts or 3990
has a campaign committee that accepts contributions on the 3991
candidate's behalf for the purpose of nominating or electing the 3992
candidate to any office not subject to the contribution limits 3993
prescribed in section 3517.102 of the Revised Code;3994

       (b) A person who, during the pre-filing period, accepts or 3995
has a campaign committee that accepts contributions on the 3996
person's behalf prior to the person deciding upon or announcing 3997
the office for which the person will become a candidate for 3998
nomination or election.3999

       (B) Each candidate who files for state office, not later than4000
the filing date for that office, shall dispose of any excess4001
funds. Each covered candidate who files for state office, not 4002
later than the filing date for that office, shall dispose of any 4003
excess aggregate contributions.4004

       (C) Any campaign committee that is required to dispose of4005
excess funds or excess aggregate contributions under division (B)4006
of this section shall dispose of that excess amount or amounts by4007
doing any of the following:4008

       (1) Giving the amount to the treasurer of state for deposit4009
into the state treasury to the credit of the Ohio elections4010
commission fund created by division (I) of section 3517.152 of the 4011
Revised Code;4012

       (2) Giving the amount to individuals who made contributions4013
to that campaign committee as a refund of all or part of their4014
contributions;4015

       (3) Giving the amount to a corporation that is exempt from4016
federal income taxation under subsection 501(a) and described in4017
subsection 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code.4018

       (D)(1) Subject to division (D)(2) of this section, no 4019
candidate or covered candidate shall appear on the ballot, even if 4020
certified to appear on the ballot, unless the candidate's or 4021
covered candidate's campaign committee has disposed of excess 4022
funds, excess aggregate contributions, or both as required by 4023
divisions (B) and (C) of this section.4024

       (2) If the excess aggregate contributions accepted by a 4025
covered candidate or a covered candidate's campaign committee 4026
aggregate a total of less than five thousand dollars from all 4027
contributors, that candidate shall not be prohibited from 4028
appearing on the ballot under division (D)(1) of this section.4029

       (E)(1) The campaign committee of each candidate required to4030
dispose of excess funds under this section shall file a report, on4031
a form prescribed by the secretary of state, with the official or 4032
board with which the candidate is required to file statements 4033
under section 3517.11 of the Revised Code. The report shall be 4034
filed by the seventh day following the filing deadline for the4035
office the candidate is seeking, shall indicate the amount of 4036
excess funds disposed of, and shall describe the manner in which 4037
the campaign committee disposed of the excess amount.4038

       (2) In addition to the information required to be included in 4039
a report filed under division (E)(1) of this section, the campaign 4040
committee of each covered candidate required to dispose of excess 4041
aggregate contributions under this section shall include in that 4042
report the source and amount of each excess aggregate contribution 4043
disposed of and shall describe the manner in which the campaign 4044
committee disposed of the excess amount.4045

       (F)(1) Each campaign committee of a candidate who has filed a4046
declaration of candidacy or a nominating petition for a state4047
office, not later than seven days after the date of the filing4048
deadlinedate for the office the candidate is seeking, shall file 4049
a declaration of filing-day finances, on a form prescribed by the4050
secretary of state, with the official or board with which the4051
candidate is required to file statements under section 3517.11 of 4052
the Revised Code.4053

       (2) A declaration of filing-day finances shall list all of4054
the following:4055

       (a) The amount of cash on hand in the candidate's campaign4056
fund on the date of the filing deadlinedate for the office the 4057
candidate is seeking.4058

       (b) The value and description of all campaign assets worth4059
five hundred dollars or more available to the candidate on the4060
date of the filing date. Assets purchased by the campaign shall be4061
valued at actual cost, and in-kind contributions shall be valued4062
at market value.4063

       (c) The total of all aggregate contributions;4064

       (d) The total of all allowable aggregate contributions;4065

       (e) The applicable carry-in limit, if any.4066

       (3) In addition to the information required to be included in 4067
a report of filing-day finances filed under division (F)(1) of 4068
this section, the campaign committee of each covered candidate 4069
shall include both of the following in that report:4070

       (a) The total of all excess aggregate contributions;4071

       (b) For each contributor, if any, for whom there is an excess 4072
aggregate contribution, the name, address, aggregate contribution, 4073
and excess aggregate contribution.4074

       (G) A campaign committee of a candidate is not required to4075
file a declaration of filing-day finances under division (F) of4076
this section if all of the following apply:4077

       (1) The campaign committee has not accepted, during the4078
pre-filing period, any aggregate contribution greater than the4079
applicable amount.4080

       (2) The campaign committee had less than the carry-in amount4081
in cash on hand at the beginning of the pre-filing period.4082

       (3) The candidate files a declaration, on a form prescribed4083
by the secretary of state, with the official or board with which4084
the candidate is required to file statements under section 3517.114085
of the Revised Code not later than seven days after the date of4086
the filing deadlinedate for the office that candidate is seeking,4087
stating that the candidate's campaign committee has not accepted4088
aggregate contributions as described in division (G)(1) of this4089
section and has less than the carry-in amount in cash on hand as4090
described in division (G)(2) of this section.4091

       Sec. 3517.1011.  (A) As used in this section:4092

       (1) "Address" has the same meaning as in section 3517.10 of 4093
the Revised Code.4094

       (2) "Broadcast, cable, or satellite communication" means a 4095
communication that is publicly distributed by a television 4096
station, radio station, cable television system, or satellite 4097
system.4098

       (3) "Contribution" means any loan, gift, deposit, forgiveness 4099
of indebtedness, donation, advance, payment, or transfer of funds 4100
or of anything of value, including a transfer of funds from an 4101
inter vivos or testamentary trust or decedent's estate, and the 4102
payment by any person other than the person to whom the services 4103
are rendered for the personal services of another person, that is 4104
made, received, or used to pay the direct costs of producing or 4105
airing electioneering communications.4106

       (4)(a) "Coordinated electioneering communication" means any 4107
electioneering communication that is made pursuant to any 4108
arrangement, coordination, or direction by a candidate or a 4109
candidate's campaign committee, by an officer, agent, employee, or 4110
consultant of a candidate or a candidate's campaign committee, or 4111
by a former officer, former agent, former employee, or former 4112
consultant of a candidate or a candidate's campaign committee 4113
prior to the airing, broadcasting, or cablecasting of the 4114
communication. An electioneering communication is presumed to be a 4115
"coordinated electioneering communication" when it is either of 4116
the following:4117

       (i) Based on information about a candidate's plans, projects, 4118
or needs provided to the person or political committee making the 4119
disbursement by the candidate or the candidate's campaign 4120
committee, by an officer, agent, employee, or consultant of the 4121
candidate or the candidate's campaign committee, or by a former 4122
officer, former agent, former employee, or former consultant of 4123
the candidate or the candidate's campaign committee, with a view 4124
toward having the communication made;4125

       (ii) Made by or through any person who is, or has been, 4126
authorized to raise or expend funds on behalf of a candidate or 4127
the candidate's campaign committee, who is, or has been, an 4128
officer, agent, employee, or consultant of the candidate or of the 4129
candidate's campaign committee, or who is, or has been, receiving 4130
any form of compensation or reimbursement from the candidate or 4131
the candidate's campaign committee or from an officer, agent, 4132
employee, or consultant of the candidate or of the candidate's 4133
campaign committee.4134

       (b) An electioneering communication shall not be presumed to 4135
be a "coordinated electioneering communication" under division 4136
(A)(4)(a)(ii) of this section if the communication is made through 4137
any person who provides a service that does not affect the content 4138
of the communication, such as communications placed through the 4139
efforts of a media buyer, unless that person also affects the 4140
content of the communication.4141

       (5) "Disclosure date" means both of the following:4142

       (a) The first date during any calendar year by which a person 4143
or political committee makes disbursements for the direct costs of 4144
producing or airing electioneering communications aggregating in 4145
excess of ten thousand dollars;4146

       (b) The same day of the week of each remaining week in the 4147
same calendar year as the day of the week of the initial 4148
disclosure date established under division (A)(5)(a) of this 4149
section, if, during that remaining week, the person or political 4150
committee makes disbursements for the direct costs of producing or 4151
airing electioneering communications aggregating in excess of one 4152
dollar.4153

       (6)(a) "Electioneering communication" means any broadcast, 4154
cable, or satellite communication that refers to a clearly 4155
identified candidate and that is made during either of the 4156
following periods of time:4157

       (i) If the person becomes a candidate before the day of the 4158
primary election at which candidates will be nominated for 4159
election to that office, between the date that the person becomes 4160
a candidate and the thirtieth day prior to that primary election, 4161
and between the date of the primary election and the thirtieth day 4162
prior to the general election at which a candidate will be elected 4163
to that office;4164

       (ii) If the person becomes a candidate after the day of the 4165
primary election at which candidates were nominated for election 4166
to that office, between the date of the primary election and the 4167
thirtieth day prior to the general election at which a candidate 4168
will be elected to that office.4169

       (b) "Electioneering communication" does not include any of 4170
the following:4171

       (i) A communication that is publicly disseminated through a 4172
means of communication other than a broadcast, cable, or satellite 4173
television or radio station. For example, "electioneering 4174
communication" does not include communications appearing in print 4175
media, including a newspaper or magazine, handbill, brochure, 4176
bumper sticker, yard sign, poster, billboard, and other written 4177
materials, including mailings; communications over the internet, 4178
including electronic mail; or telephone communications.4179

       (ii) A communication that appears in a news story, 4180
commentary, public service announcement, bona fide news 4181
programming, or editorial distributed through the facilities of 4182
any broadcast, cable, or satellite television or radio station, 4183
unless those facilities are owned or controlled by any political 4184
party, political committee, or candidate;4185

        (iii) A communication that constitutes an expenditure or an 4186
independent expenditure under section 3517.01 of the Revised Code;4187

       (iv) A communication that constitutes a candidate debate or 4188
forum or that solely promotes a candidate debate or forum and is 4189
made by or on behalf of the person sponsoring the debate or forum.4190

       (7) "Filing date" has the same meaning as in section 3517.109 4191
of the Revised Code.4192

       (8) "Immigration and Nationality Act" means the Immigration 4193
and Nationality Act, 110 Stat. 309 (1996), 8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq., 4194
as amended.4195

       (9) "Person" has the same meaning as in section 1.59 of the 4196
Revised Code and includes any political organization considered 4197
exempt from income taxation under section 527 of the Internal 4198
Revenue Code.4199

       (10) "Political committee" means any of the following:4200

       (a) Any committee, club, association, or other group of 4201
persons that receives contributions aggregating in excess of one 4202
thousand dollars during a calendar year or that makes expenditures 4203
aggregating in excess of one thousand dollars during a calendar 4204
year;4205

       (b) Any separate segregated fund;4206

       (c) Any state, county, or local committee of a political 4207
party that does any of the following:4208

       (i) Receives contributions aggregating in excess of five 4209
thousand dollars during a calendar year;4210

       (ii) Makes payments that do not constitute contributions or 4211
expenditures aggregating in excess of five thousand dollars during 4212
a calendar year;4213

       (iii) Makes contributions or expenditures aggregating in 4214
excess of one thousand dollars during a calendar year.4215

       (11) "Publicly distributed" means aired, broadcast, 4216
cablecast, or otherwise disseminated for a fee.4217

       (12) "Refers to a clearly identified candidate" means that 4218
the candidate's name, nickname, photograph, or drawing appears, or 4219
the identity of the candidate is otherwise apparent through an 4220
unambiguous reference to the person such as "the chief justice," 4221
"the governor," "member of the Ohio senate," "member of the Ohio 4222
house of representatives," "county auditor," "mayor," or "township 4223
trustee" or through an unambiguous reference to the person's 4224
status as a candidate.4225

       (B) For the purposes of this section, a person or political 4226
committee shall be considered to have made a disbursement if the 4227
person or political committee has entered into a contract to make 4228
the disbursement.4229

       (C) Any person or political committee intending to make a 4230
disbursement or disbursements for the direct costs of producing or 4231
airing electioneering communications, prior to making the first 4232
disbursement for the direct costs of producing or airing an 4233
electioneering communication, shall file a notice with the office 4234
of the secretary of state that the person or political committee 4235
is intending to make such disbursements.4236

       (D)(1) Every person or political committee that makes a 4237
disbursement or disbursements for the direct costs of producing 4238
and airing electioneering communications aggregating in excess of 4239
ten thousand dollars during any calendar year shall file, within 4240
twenty-four hours of each disclosure date, a disclosure of 4241
electioneering communications statement containing the following 4242
information:4243

       (a) The full name and address of the person or political 4244
committee making the disbursement, of any person sharing or 4245
exercising direction or control over the activities of the person 4246
or political committee making the disbursement, and of the 4247
custodian of the books and accounts of the person or political 4248
committee making the disbursement;4249

       (b) The principal place of business of the person or 4250
political committee making the disbursement, if not an individual;4251

       (c) The amount of each disbursement of more than one dollar 4252
during the period covered by the statement and the identity of the 4253
person to whom the disbursement was made;4254

       (d) The nominations or elections to which the electioneering 4255
communications pertain and the names, if known, of the candidates 4256
identified or to be identified;4257

       (e) If the disbursements were paid out of a segregated bank 4258
account that consists of funds contributed solely by individuals 4259
who are United States citizens or nationals or lawfully admitted 4260
for permanent residence as defined in section 101(a)(20) of the 4261
Immigration and Nationality Act directly to the account for 4262
electioneering communications, the information specified in 4263
division (D)(2) of this section for all contributors who 4264
contributed an aggregate amount of two hundred dollars or more to 4265
the segregated bank account and whose contributions were used for 4266
making the disbursement or disbursements required to be reported 4267
under division (D) of this section during the period covered by 4268
the statement. Nothing in this division prohibits or shall be 4269
construed to prohibit the use of funds in such a segregated bank 4270
account for a purpose other than electioneering communications.4271

       (f) If the disbursements were paid out of funds not described 4272
in division (D)(1)(e) of this section, the information specified 4273
in division (D)(2) of this section for all contributors who 4274
contributed an aggregate amount of two hundred dollars or more to 4275
the person or political committee making the disbursement and 4276
whose contributions were used for making the disbursement or 4277
disbursements required to be reported under division (D) of this 4278
section during the period covered by the statement.4279

       (2) For each contributor for which information is required to 4280
be reported under division (D)(1)(e) or (f) of this section, all 4281
of the following shall be reported:4282

       (a) The month, day, and year that the contributor made the 4283
contribution or contributions aggregating two hundred dollars or 4284
more;4285

       (b)(i) The full name and address of the contributor, and, if 4286
the contributor is a political action committee, the registration 4287
number assigned to the political action committee under division 4288
(D)(1) of section 3517.10 of the Revised Code;4289

       (ii) If the contributor is an individual, the name of the 4290
individual's current employer, if any, or, if the individual is 4291
self-employed, the individual's occupation and the name of the 4292
individual's business, if any;4293

       (iii) If the contribution is transmitted pursuant to section 4294
3599.031 of the Revised Code from amounts deducted from the wages 4295
and salaries of two or more employees that exceed in the aggregate 4296
one hundred dollars during the period specified in division 4297
(D)(1)(e) or (f) of this section, as applicable, the full name of 4298
the employees' employer and the full name of the labor 4299
organization of which the employees are members, if any.4300

       (c) A description of the contribution, if other than money;4301

       (d) The value in dollars and cents of the contribution.4302

       (3) Subject to the secretary of state having implemented, 4303
tested, and verified the successful operation of any system the 4304
secretary of state prescribes pursuant to divisions (C)(6)(b) and 4305
(D)(6) of section 3517.10 and division (H)(1) of section 3517.106 4306
of the Revised Code for the filing of campaign finance statements 4307
by electronic means of transmission, a person or political 4308
committee shall file the disclosure of electioneering 4309
communications statement prescribed under divisions (D)(1) and (2) 4310
of this section by electronic means of transmission to the office 4311
of the secretary of state.4312

       Within five business days after the secretary of state 4313
receives a disclosure of electioneering communications statement 4314
under this division, the secretary of state shall make available 4315
online to the public through the internet, as provided in division 4316
(I) of section 3517.106 of the Revised Code, the contribution and 4317
disbursement information in that statement.4318

       If a filed disclosure of electioneering communications 4319
statement is found to be incomplete or inaccurate after its 4320
examination for completeness and accuracy pursuant to division 4321
(B)(3)(a) of section 3517.11 of the Revised Code, the person or 4322
political committee shall file by electronic means of transmission 4323
to the office of the secretary of state any addendum, amendment, 4324
or other correction to the statement that provides the information 4325
necessary to complete or correct the statement or, if required by 4326
the secretary of state under that division, an amended statement.4327

       Within five business days after the secretary of state 4328
receives an addendum, amendment, or other correction to a 4329
disclosure of electioneering communications statement or an 4330
amended statement by electronic means of transmission under this 4331
division or division (B)(3)(a) of section 3517.11 of the Revised 4332
Code, the secretary of state shall make the contribution and 4333
disbursement information in the addendum, amendment, or other 4334
correction to the statement or amended statement available online 4335
to the public through the internet as provided in division (I) of 4336
section 3517.106 of the Revised Code.4337

       (E)(1) Any person who makes a contribution for the purpose of 4338
funding the direct costs of producing or airing an electioneering 4339
communication under this section shall provide the person's full 4340
name and address to the recipient of the contribution at the time 4341
the contribution is made.4342

       (2) Any individual who makes a contribution or contributions 4343
aggregating two hundred dollars or more for the purpose of funding 4344
the direct costs of producing or airing an electioneering 4345
communication under this section shall provide the name of the 4346
individual's current employer, if any, or, if the individual is 4347
self-employed, the individual's occupation and the name of the 4348
individual's business, if any, to the recipient of the 4349
contribution at the time the contribution is made.4350

       (F) In each electioneering communication, a statement shall 4351
appear or be presented in a clear and conspicuous manner that does 4352
both of the following:4353

       (1) Clearly indicates that the electioneering communication 4354
is not authorized by the candidate or the candidate's campaign 4355
committee;4356

       (2) Clearly identifies the person or political committee 4357
making the disbursement for the electioneering communication in 4358
accordance with section 3517.20 of the Revised Code.4359

       (G) Any coordinated electioneering communication is an 4360
in-kind contribution, subject to the applicable contribution 4361
limits prescribed in section 3517.102 of the Revised Code, to the 4362
candidate by the person or political committee making 4363
disbursements to pay the direct costs of producing or airing the 4364
communication.4365

       (H) No person or political committee shall make, during the 4366
thirty days preceding a primary election or during the thirty days 4367
preceding a general election, any broadcast, cable, or satellite 4368
communication that refers to a clearly identified candidate using 4369
any contributions received from a corporation or labor 4370
organization.4371

       Sec. 3517.1012.  (A)(1) Each state and county political party 4372
shall establish a restricted fund that is separate from all other 4373
accounts of the political party.4374

       (2) A state or county political party shall deposit into its 4375
restricted fund all public moneys received from the Ohio political 4376
party fund under section 3517.17 of the Revised Code and all gifts 4377
that are made to or accepted by the political party from a 4378
corporation or labor organization subject to the applicable 4379
limitations prescribed in division (X) of section 3517.13 of the 4380
Revised Code. A state or county political party may deposit into 4381
its restricted fund any gifts that are made to or accepted by the 4382
political party from a source other than a corporation or labor 4383
organization.4384

       (3) Moneys in a state or county political party's restricted 4385
fund may be disbursed to pay costs incurred for any of the 4386
purposes specified in division (A) of section 3517.18 of the 4387
Revised Code. 4388

       (B) Except as otherwise provided in this division, a state or 4389
county political party shall file deposit and disbursement 4390
statements, in the same manner as the party is required to file 4391
statements of contributions and expenditures under section 3517.10 4392
of the Revised Code, regarding all deposits made into, and all 4393
disbursements made from, the party's restricted fund. Deposit and 4394
disbursement statements filed in accordance with this division by 4395
a county political party shall be filed by electronic means of 4396
transmission to the office of the secretary of state at the times 4397
specified in division (A) of section 3517.10 of the Revised Code 4398
for the filing of statements of contributions and expenditures if 4399
the county political party accepts gifts from a corporation or 4400
labor organization under division (A)(2) of this section.4401

       Sec. 3517.11.  (A)(1) Campaign committees of candidates for4402
statewide officesoffice or the state board of education, 4403
political action committees or political contributing entities4404
that make contributions to campaign committees of candidates that 4405
are required to file the statements prescribed by section 3517.10 4406
of the Revised Code with the secretary of state, political action4407
committees or political contributing entities that make4408
contributions to campaign committees of candidates for member of4409
the general assembly, political action committees or political4410
contributing entities that make contributions to state and4411
national political parties and to legislative campaign funds,4412
political action committees or political contributing entities4413
that receive contributions or make expenditures in connection with4414
a statewide ballot issue, political action committees or political4415
contributing entities that make contributions to other political4416
action committees or political contributing entities, political4417
parties, and campaign committees, except as set forth in division4418
(A)(3) of this section, legislative campaign funds, and state and4419
national political parties shall file the statements prescribed by4420
section 3517.10 of the Revised Code with the secretary of state.4421

       (2)(a) Except as otherwise provided in division (F) of 4422
section 3517.106 of the Revised Code, campaign committees of 4423
candidates for all other offices shall file the statements 4424
prescribed by section 3517.10 of the Revised Code with the board 4425
of elections where their candidates are required to file their 4426
petitions or other papers for nomination or election.4427

       (b) A campaign committee of a candidate for office of member 4428
of the general assembly or a campaign committee of a candidate for 4429
the office of judge of a court of appeals shall file two copies of 4430
the printed version of any statement, addendum, or amended 4431
statement if the committee does not file by electronic means of 4432
transmission or on computer disk pursuant to division (F)(1) or 4433
(L) of section 3517.106 of the Revised Code but files by printed 4434
version only with the appropriate board of elections. The board of 4435
elections shall send one of those copies by overnight delivery 4436
service to the secretary of state before the close of business on 4437
the day the board of elections receives the statement, addendum, 4438
or amended statement.4439

       (3) Political action committees or political contributing4440
entities that only contribute to a county political party,4441
contribute to campaign committees of candidates whose nomination4442
or election is to be submitted only to electors within a county,4443
subdivision, or district, excluding candidates for member of the4444
general assembly, and receive contributions or make expenditures4445
in connection with ballot questions or issues to be submitted only4446
to electors within a county, subdivision, or district shall file4447
the statements prescribed by section 3517.10 of the Revised Code4448
with the board of elections in that county or in the county4449
contained in whole or part within the subdivision or district4450
having a population greater than that of any other county4451
contained in whole or part within that subdivision or district, as4452
the case may be.4453

       (4) CountyExcept as otherwise provided in division (E)(3) of 4454
section 3517.106 of the Revised Code with respect to state 4455
candidate funds, county political parties shall file the 4456
statements prescribed by section 3517.10 of the Revised Code with 4457
the board of elections of their respective counties.4458

       (B)(1) The official with whom petitions and other papers for4459
nomination or election to public office are filed shall furnish4460
each candidate at the time of that filing a copy of sections4461
3517.01, 3517.08 to 3517.11, 3517.13 to 3517.993, 3599.03, and4462
3599.031 of the Revised Code and any other materials that the4463
secretary of state may require. Each candidate receiving the4464
materials shall acknowledge their receipt in writing.4465

       (2) On or before the tenth day before the dates on which4466
statements are required to be filed by section 3517.10 of the4467
Revised Code, every candidate subject to the provisions of this4468
section and sections 3517.10 and 3517.106 of the Revised Code4469
shall be notified of the requirements and applicable penalties of4470
those sections. The secretary of state, by certified mail, return4471
receipt requested, shall notify all candidates required to file4472
those statements with the secretary of state's office. The board4473
of elections of every county shall notify by first class mail any4474
candidate who has personally appeared at the office of the board4475
on or before the tenth day before the statements are required to4476
be filed and signed a form, to be provided by the secretary of4477
state, attesting that the candidate has been notified of the4478
candidate's obligations under the campaign finance law. The board4479
shall forward the completed form to the secretary of state. The4480
board shall use certified mail, return receipt requested, to4481
notify all other candidates required to file those statements with4482
it.4483

       (3)(a) Any statement required to be filed under sections4484
3517.081 to 3517.17 of the Revised Code that is found to be4485
incomplete or inaccurate by the officer to whom it is submitted4486
shall be accepted on a conditional basis, and the person who filed4487
it shall be notified by certified mail as to the incomplete or4488
inaccurate nature of the statement. The secretary of state may4489
examine statements filed for candidates for the office of member4490
of the general assembly and candidates for the office of judge of 4491
a court of appeals for completeness and accuracy. The secretary of 4492
state shall examine for completeness and accuracy statements that4493
campaign committees of candidates for the office of member of the 4494
general assembly and campaign committees of candidates for the 4495
office of judge of a court of appeals file by electronic means of 4496
transmission pursuant to division (F) or (L) of section 3517.1064497
of the Revised Code. If an officer at the board of elections where 4498
a statement filed for a candidate for the office of member of the 4499
general assembly or for a candidate for the office of judge of a 4500
court of appeals was submitted finds the statement to be 4501
incomplete or inaccurate, the officer shall immediately notify the4502
secretary of state of its incomplete or inaccurate nature. If 4503
either an officer at the board of elections or the secretary of 4504
state finds a statement filed for a candidate for the office of 4505
member of the general assembly or for a candidate for the office 4506
of judge of a court of appeals to be incomplete or inaccurate, 4507
only the secretary of state shall send the notification as to the 4508
incomplete or inaccurate nature of the statement.4509

       Within twenty-one days after receipt of the notice, in the4510
case of a pre-election statement, a postelection statement, a 4511
monthly statement, or an annual statement, or a semiannual 4512
statement prescribed by section 3517.10, an annual statement4513
prescribed by section 3517.101, or a statement prescribed by4514
division (B)(2)(b) or (C)(2)(b) of section 3517.105 or section 4515
3517.107 of the Revised Code, the recipient shall file an 4516
addendum, amendment, or other correction to the statement 4517
providing the information necessary to complete or correct the 4518
statement. The secretary of state may require that, in lieu of 4519
filing an addendum, amendment, or other correction to a statement 4520
that is filed by electronic means of transmission to the office of4521
the secretary of state or on computer disk with the appropriate 4522
board of elections pursuant to section 3517.106 of the Revised 4523
Code, the recipient of the notice described in this division file 4524
by electronic means of transmission, or, until March 1, 2004, on 4525
computer disk with the appropriate board of elections if the 4526
original statement was filed on computer disk, an amended 4527
statement that incorporates the information necessary to complete 4528
or correct the statement. The4529

       The secretary of state shall determine by rule when an 4530
addendum, amendment, or other correction to aany of the following 4531
or when an amended statement of any of the following shall be 4532
filed:4533

       (i) A two-business-day statement prescribed by section 4534
3517.10 of the Revised Code or an amended two-business-day 4535
statement shall be filed;4536

       (ii) A disclosure of electioneering communications statement 4537
prescribed by division (D) of section 3517.1011 of the Revised 4538
Code;4539

       (iii) A deposit and disbursement statement prescribed under 4540
division (B) of section 3517.1012 of the Revised Code. An4541

       An addendum, amendment, or other correction to a statement 4542
that is filed by electronic means of transmission or on computer 4543
disk pursuant to section 3517.106 of the Revised Code shall be 4544
filed in the same manner as the statement. The4545

       The provisions of sections 3517.10 and, 3517.106, 3517.1011, 4546
and 3517.1012 of the Revised Code pertaining to the filing of4547
statements of contributions and expenditures and, statements of4548
independent expenditures, disclosure of electioneering 4549
communications statements, and deposit and disbursement statements4550
by electronic means of transmission or on computer disk apply to 4551
the filing of addenda, amendments, or other corrections to those4552
statements by electronic means of transmission or, until March 1, 4553
2004, on computer disk and the filing of amended statements by 4554
electronic means of transmission or, until March 1, 2004, on4555
computer disk.4556

       (b) Within five business days after the secretary of state4557
receives, by electronic or other means of transmission, an4558
addendum, amendment, or other correction to a statement or an4559
amended statement under division (B)(3)(a) of this section, the4560
secretary of state, pursuant to divisions (E), (F), (G), and (I)4561
of section 3517.106 or division (D) of section 3517.1011 of the 4562
Revised Code, shall make the contribution and expenditure, 4563
contribution and disbursement, or deposit and disbursement4564
information in that addendum, amendment, correction, or amended 4565
statement available online to the public through the internet.4566

       (4)(a) The secretary of state or the board of elections shall4567
examine all statements for compliance with sections 3517.08 to4568
3517.17 of the Revised Code.4569

       (b) The secretary of state may contract with an individual or 4570
entity not associated with the secretary of state and experienced 4571
in interpreting the campaign finance law of this state to conduct 4572
examinations of statements filed by any statewide candidate, as 4573
defined in section 3517.103 of the Revised Code.4574

       (c) The examination shall be conducted by a person or entity4575
qualified to conduct it. The results of the examination shall be4576
available to the public, and, when the examination is conducted by4577
an individual or entity not associated with the secretary of4578
state, the results of the examination shall be reported to the4579
secretary of state.4580

       (C)(1) In the event of a failure to file or a late filing of4581
a statement required to be filed under sections 3517.081 to4582
3517.17 of the Revised Code, or if a filed statement or any4583
addendum, amendment, or other correction to thea statement or any 4584
amended statement, if an addendum, amendment, or other correction 4585
or an amended statement is required to be filed, is incomplete or 4586
inaccurate or appears to disclose a failure to comply with or a4587
violation of law, the official whose duty it is to examine the 4588
statement shall promptly file a complaint with the Ohio elections 4589
commission under section 3517.153 of the Revised Code if the law 4590
is one over which the commission has jurisdiction to hear 4591
complaints, or the official shall promptly report the failure or 4592
violation to the board of elections and the board shall promptly4593
report it to the prosecuting attorney in accordance with division 4594
(J) of section 3501.11 of the Revised Code. If the official files 4595
a complaint with the commission, the commission shall proceed in 4596
accordance with sections 3517.154 to 3517.157 of the Revised Code.4597

       (2) For purposes of division (C)(1) of this section, a4598
statement or an addendum, amendment, or other correction to a 4599
statement or an amended statement required to be filed under4600
sections 3517.081 to 3517.17 of the Revised Code is incomplete or4601
inaccurate under this section if the statement or, addendum, 4602
amendment, other correction, or amended statement fails to 4603
disclose substantially all contributions that are received from a 4604
source and thator deposits that are made that are required to be 4605
reported under sections 3517.10, 3517.107, and 3517.108, 4606
3517.1011, and 3517.1012 of the Revised Code or if the statement 4607
or, addendum, amendment, other correction, or amended statement4608
fails to disclose at least ninety per cent of the total4609
contributions received or deposits made or of the total 4610
expenditures or disbursements made during the reporting period.4611

       (D) No certificate of nomination or election shall be issued4612
to a person, and no person elected to an office shall enter upon4613
the performance of the duties of that office, until that person or4614
that person's campaign committee, as appropriate, has fully4615
complied with this section and sections 3517.08, 3517.081,4616
3517.10, and 3517.13 of the Revised Code.4617

       Sec. 3517.13.  (A)(1) No campaign committee forof a 4618
statewide candidate whose candidacy for nomination or election was 4619
submitted to electors throughout the entire state shall fail to 4620
file a complete and accurate statement required under division 4621
(A)(1) of section 3517.10 of the Revised Code.4622

       (2) No campaign committee of a statewide candidate shall fail 4623
to file a complete and accurate monthly statement, and no campaign4624
committee of a statewide candidate or a candidate for the office 4625
of chief justice or justice of the supreme court shall fail to 4626
file a complete and accurate two-business-day statement, as4627
required under section 3517.10 of the Revised Code.4628

        As used in this division, "statewide candidate" has the same4629
meaning as in division (F)(2) of section 3517.10 of the Revised4630
Code.4631

       (B) No campaign committee for a candidate whose candidacy for 4632
nomination or election was submitted to electors within a county 4633
or district shall fail to file a complete and accurate statement4634
required under division (A)(1) of section 3517.10 of the Revised 4635
Code.4636

       (C) No campaign committee shall fail to file a complete and4637
accurate statement required under division (A)(2) of section4638
3517.10 of the Revised Code.4639

       (D) No campaign committee shall fail to file a complete and4640
accurate statement required under division (A)(3) or (4) of 4641
section 3517.10 of the Revised Code.4642

       (E) No person other than a campaign committee shall knowingly 4643
fail to file a statement required under section 3517.10 or4644
3517.107 of the Revised Code.4645

       (F) No person shall make cash contributions to any person4646
totaling more than one hundred dollars in each primary, special,4647
or general election.4648

       (G)(1) No person shall knowingly conceal or misrepresent4649
contributions given or received, expenditures made, or any other4650
information required to be reported by a provision in sections4651
3517.08 to 3517.13 and 3517.17 of the Revised Code.4652

       (2)(a) No person shall make a contribution to a campaign4653
committee, political action committee, legislative campaign fund,4654
political party, or political contributing entityperson or 4655
political committee making disbursements to pay the direct costs 4656
of producing or airing electioneering communications in the name 4657
of another person.4658

       (b) A person does not make a contribution in the name of4659
another when either of the following applies:4660

       (i) An individual makes a contribution from a partnership or 4661
other unincorporated business account, if the contribution is 4662
reported by listing both the name of the partnership or other4663
unincorporated business and the name of the partner or owner 4664
making the contribution as required under division (I) of section 4665
3517.10 of the Revised Code.4666

       (ii) A person makes a contribution in that person's spouse's4667
name or in both of their names.4668

       (H) No person within this state, publishing a newspaper or4669
other periodical, shall charge a campaign committee for political4670
advertising a rate in excess of the rate such person would charge4671
if the campaign committee were a general rate advertiser whose4672
advertising was directed to promoting its business within the same4673
area as that encompassed by the particular office that the4674
candidate of the campaign committee is seeking. The rate shall4675
take into account the amount of space used, as well as the type of4676
advertising copy submitted by or on behalf of the campaign4677
committee. All discount privileges otherwise offered by a4678
newspaper or periodical to general rate advertisers shall be4679
available upon equal terms to all campaign committees.4680

       No person within this state, operating a radio or television4681
station or network of stations in this state, shall charge a4682
campaign committee for political broadcasts a rate that exceeds:4683

       (1) During the forty-five days preceding the date of a4684
primary election and during the sixty days preceding the date of a4685
general or special election in which the candidate of the campaign4686
committee is seeking office, the lowest unit charge of the station4687
for the same class and amount of time for the same period;4688

       (2) At any other time, the charges made for comparable use of 4689
suchthat station by its other users.4690

       (I) Subject to divisions (K), (L), (M), and (N) of this4691
section, no agency or department of this state or any political4692
subdivision shall award any contract, other than one let by4693
competitive bidding or a contract incidental to such contract or4694
which is by force account, for the purchase of goods costing more4695
than five hundred dollars or services costing more than five4696
hundred dollars to any individual, partnership, association,4697
including, without limitation, a professional association4698
organized under Chapter 1785. of the Revised Code, estate, or4699
trust if the individual has made or the individual's spouse has4700
made, or any partner, shareholder, administrator, executor, or4701
trustee, or the spousesspouse of any of them has made, as an 4702
individual, within the two previous calendar years, one or more 4703
contributions totaling in excess of one thousand dollars to the 4704
holder of the public office having ultimate responsibility for the 4705
award of the contract or to the public officer's campaign 4706
committee.4707

       (J) Subject to divisions (K), (L), (M), and (N) of this4708
section, no agency or department of this state or any political4709
subdivision shall award any contract, other than one let by4710
competitive bidding or a contract incidental to such contract or4711
which is by force account, for the purchase of goods costing more4712
than five hundred dollars or services costing more than five4713
hundred dollars to a corporation or business trust, except a4714
professional association organized under Chapter 1785. of the4715
Revised Code, if an owner of more than twenty per cent of the4716
corporation or business trust or the spouse of suchthat person,4717
has made, as an individual, within the two previous calendar 4718
years, taking into consideration only owners for all of suchthat4719
period, one or more contributions totaling in excess of one 4720
thousand dollars to the holder of a public office having ultimate 4721
responsibility for the award of the contract or to the public 4722
officer's campaign committee.4723

       (K) For purposes of divisions (I) and (J) of this section, if 4724
a public officer who is responsible for the award of a contract is 4725
appointed by the governor, whether or not the appointment is4726
subject to the advice and consent of the senate, excluding members4727
of boards, commissions, committees, authorities, councils, boards4728
of trustees, task forces, and other such entities appointed by the4729
governor, the office of the governor is considered to have4730
ultimate responsibility for the award of the contract.4731

       (L) For purposes of divisions (I) and (J) of this section, if 4732
a public officer who is responsible for the award of a contract is 4733
appointed by the elected chief executive officer of a municipal4734
corporation, or appointed by the elected chief executive officer4735
of a county operating under an alternative form of county4736
government or county charter, excluding members of boards,4737
commissions, committees, authorities, councils, boards of4738
trustees, task forces, and other such entities appointed by the4739
chief executive officer, the office of the chief executive officer4740
is considered to have ultimate responsibility for the award of the4741
contract.4742

       (M)(1) Divisions (I) and (J) of this section do not apply to4743
contracts awarded by the board of commissioners of the sinking4744
fund, municipal legislative authorities, boards of education,4745
boards of county commissioners, boards of township trustees, or4746
other boards, commissions, committees, authorities, councils,4747
boards of trustees, task forces, and other such entities created4748
by law, by the supreme court or courts of appeals, by county4749
courts consisting of more than one judge, courts of common pleas4750
consisting of more than one judge, or municipal courts consisting4751
of more than one judge, or by a division of any court if the4752
division consists of more than one judge. Division (M)(1) of this4753
sectionThis division shall apply to the specified entity only if 4754
the members of the entity act collectively in the award of a 4755
contract for goods or services.4756

       (2) Divisions (I) and (J) of this section do not apply to4757
actions of the controlling board.4758

       (N)(1) Divisions (I) and (J) of this section apply to4759
contributions made to the holder of a public office having4760
ultimate responsibility for the award of a contract, or to the4761
public officer's campaign committee, during the time the person4762
holds the office and during any time such person was a candidate4763
for the office. TheseThose divisions do not apply to 4764
contributions made to, or to the campaign committee of, a 4765
candidate for or holder of the office other than the holder of the 4766
office at the time of the award of the contract.4767

       (2) Divisions (I) and (J) of this section do not apply to4768
contributions of a partner, shareholder, administrator, executor,4769
trustee, or owner of more than twenty per cent of a corporation or4770
business trust made before the person held any of those positions4771
or after the person ceased to hold any of those positions in the4772
partnership, association, estate, trust, corporation, or business4773
trust whose eligibility to be awarded a contract is being4774
determined, nor to contributions of the person's spouse made4775
before the person held any of those positions, after the person4776
ceased to hold any of those positions, before the two were4777
married, or after the granting of a decree of divorce, dissolution4778
of marriage, or nullityannulment, or after the granting of an 4779
order in an action brought solely for legal separation. These4780
Those divisions do not apply to contributions of the spouse of an 4781
individual whose eligibility to be awarded a contract is being 4782
determined made before the two were married, or after the granting 4783
of a decree of divorce, dissolution of marriage, or nullity4784
annulment, or after the granting of an order in an action brought 4785
solely for legal separation.4786

       (O) No beneficiary of a campaign fund or other person shall4787
convert for personal use, and no person shall knowingly give to a4788
beneficiary of a campaign fund or any other person, for the4789
beneficiary's or any other person's personal use, anything of4790
value from the beneficiary's campaign fund, including, without4791
limitation, payments to a beneficiary for services the beneficiary4792
personally performs, except as reimbursement for any of the4793
following:4794

       (1) Legitimate and verifiable prior campaign expenses4795
incurred by the beneficiary;4796

       (2) Legitimate and verifiable, ordinary, and necessary prior4797
expenses incurred by the beneficiary in connection with duties as4798
the holder of a public office, including, without limitation,4799
expenses incurred through participation in nonpartisan or4800
bipartisan events if the participation of the holder of a public4801
office would normally be expected;4802

       (3) Legitimate and verifiable ordinary and necessary prior4803
expenses incurred by the beneficiary while doing any of the 4804
following:4805

       (a) EngagedEngaging in activities in support of or 4806
opposition to a candidate other than the beneficiary, political 4807
party, or ballot issue;4808

       (b) Raising funds for a political party, political action4809
committee, political contributing entity, legislative campaign4810
fund, campaign committee, or other candidate;4811

       (c) Participating in the activities of a political party,4812
political action committee, political contributing entity,4813
legislative campaign fund, or campaign committee; or4814

       (d) Attending a political party convention or other political 4815
meeting.4816

       For purposes of this division, an expense is incurred4817
whenever a beneficiary has either made payment or is obligated to4818
make payment, as by the use of a credit card or other credit4819
procedure or by the use of goods or services received on account.4820

       (P) No beneficiary of a campaign fund shall knowingly accept, 4821
and no person shall knowingly give to the beneficiary of a4822
campaign fund, reimbursement for an expense under division (O) of4823
this section to the extent that the expense previously was4824
reimbursed or paid from another source of funds. If an expense is4825
reimbursed under division (O) of this section and is later paid or4826
reimbursed, wholly or in part, from another source of funds, the4827
beneficiary shall repay the reimbursement received under division4828
(O) of this section to the extent of the payment made or4829
reimbursement received from the other source.4830

       (Q) No candidate or public official or employee shall accept4831
for personal or business use anything of value from a political4832
party, political action committee, political contributing entity,4833
legislative campaign fund, or campaign committee other than the4834
candidate's or public official's or employee's own campaign4835
committee, and no person shall knowingly give to a candidate or4836
public official or employee anything of value from a political4837
party, political action committee, political contributing entity,4838
legislative campaign fund, or such a campaign committee, except4839
for the following:4840

       (1) Reimbursement for legitimate and verifiable, ordinary,4841
and necessary prior expenses not otherwise prohibited by law4842
incurred by the candidate or public official or employee while4843
engaged in any legitimate activity of the political party,4844
political action committee, political contributing entity,4845
legislative campaign fund, or such campaign committee. Without4846
limitation, reimbursable expenses under this division include4847
those incurred while doing any of the following:4848

       (a) EngagedEngaging in activities in support of or 4849
opposition to another candidate, political party, or ballot issue;4850

       (b) Raising funds for a political party, legislative campaign 4851
fund, campaign committee, or another candidate; or4852

       (c) Attending a political party convention or other political 4853
meeting.4854

       (2) Compensation not otherwise prohibited by law for actual4855
and valuable personal services rendered under a written contract4856
to the political party, political action committee, political4857
contributing entity, legislative campaign fund, or such campaign4858
committee for any legitimate activity of the political party,4859
political action committee, political contributing entity,4860
legislative campaign fund, or such campaign committee.4861

       Reimbursable expenses under this division do not include, and4862
it is a violation of this division for a candidate or public4863
official or employee to accept, or for any person to knowingly4864
give to a candidate or public official or employee from a4865
political party, political action committee, political4866
contributing entity, legislative campaign fund, or campaign4867
committee other than the candidate's or public official's or4868
employee's own campaign committee, anything of value for4869
activities primarily related to the candidate's or public4870
official's or employee's own campaign for election, except for4871
contributions to the candidate's or public official's or4872
employee's campaign committee.4873

       For purposes of this division, an expense is incurred4874
whenever a candidate or public official or employee has either4875
made payment or is obligated to make payment, as by the use of a4876
credit card or other credit procedure, or by the use of goods or4877
services on account.4878

       (R)(1) Division (O) or (P) of this section does not prohibit4879
a campaign committee from making direct advance or post payment4880
from contributions to vendors for goods and services for which4881
reimbursement is permitted under division (O) of this section,4882
except that no campaign committee shall pay its candidate or other4883
beneficiary for services personally performed by the candidate or4884
other beneficiary.4885

       (2) If any expense that may be reimbursed under division (O), 4886
(P), or (Q) of this section is part of other expenses that may not 4887
be paid or reimbursed, the separation of the two types of expenses 4888
for the purpose of allocating for payment or reimbursement those 4889
expenses that may be paid or reimbursed may be by any reasonable 4890
accounting method, considering all of the surrounding 4891
circumstances.4892

       (3) For purposes of divisions (O), (P), and (Q) of this4893
section, mileage allowance at a rate not greater than that allowed4894
by the internal revenue service at the time the travel occurs may4895
be paid instead of reimbursement for actual travel expenses4896
allowable.4897

       (S)(1) As used in division (S) of this section:4898

       (a) "State elective office" has the same meaning as in4899
section 3517.092 of the Revised Code.4900

       (b) "Federal office" means a federal office as defined in the4901
Federal Election Campaign Act.4902

       (c) "Federal campaign committee" means a principal campaign4903
committee or authorized committee as defined in the Federal4904
Election Campaign Act.4905

       (2) No person who is a candidate for state elective office4906
and who previously sought nomination or election to a federal4907
office shall transfer any funds or assets from that person's4908
federal campaign committee for nomination or election to the4909
federal office to that person's campaign committee as a candidate4910
for state elective office.4911

       (3) No campaign committee of a person who is a candidate for4912
state elective office and who previously sought nomination or4913
election to a federal office shall accept any funds or assets from4914
that person's federal campaign committee for that person's4915
nomination or election to the federal office.4916

       (T)(1) Except as otherwise provided in division (B)(6)(c) of4917
section 3517.102 of the Revised Code, a state or county political4918
party shall not disburse moneys from any account other than a4919
state candidate fund to make contributions to any of the4920
following:4921

       (a) A state candidate fund;4922

       (b) A legislative campaign fund;4923

       (c) A campaign committee of a candidate for the office of4924
governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, auditor of4925
state, treasurer of state, attorney general, member of the state4926
board of education, or member of the general assembly.4927

       (2) No state candidate fund, legislative campaign fund, or4928
campaign committee of a candidate for any office described in4929
division (T)(1)(c) of this section shall knowingly accept a4930
contribution in violation of division (T)(1) of this section.4931

       (U) No person shall fail to file the statement required under 4932
section 3517.12 of the Revised Code.4933

       (V) No campaign committee shall fail to file a statement4934
required under division (K)(3) of section 3517.10 of the Revised4935
Code.4936

       (W)(1) No foreign national shall, directly or indirectly4937
through any other person or entity, make a contribution,4938
expenditure, or independent expenditure or promise, either4939
expressly or implicitly, to make a contribution, expenditure, or4940
independent expenditure in support of or opposition to a candidate4941
for any elective office in this state, including an office of a4942
political party.4943

       (2) No candidate, campaign committee, political action4944
committee, political contributing entity, legislative campaign4945
fund, state candidate fund, political party, or separate4946
segregated fund shall solicit or accept a contribution,4947
expenditure, or independent expenditure from a foreign national.4948
The secretary of state may direct any candidate, committee, fund,4949
entity, or party that accepts a contribution, expenditure, or4950
independent expenditure in violation of this division to return4951
the contribution, expenditure, or independent expenditure or, if4952
it is not possible to return the contribution, expenditure, or4953
independent expenditure, then to return instead the value of it,4954
to the contributor.4955

       (3) As used in division (W) of this section, "foreign 4956
national" has the same meaning as in section 441e(b) of the 4957
Federal Election Campaign Act.4958

       (X)(1) No state or county political party shall transfer any 4959
moneys from its restricted fund to any account of the political 4960
party into which contributions may be made or from which 4961
contributions or expenditures may be made.4962

       (2)(a) No state or county political party shall deposit a 4963
contribution or contributions that it receives into its restricted 4964
fund. 4965

       (b) No state or county political party shall make a 4966
contribution or an expenditure from its restricted fund.4967

       (3)(a) No corporation or labor organization shall make a gift 4968
or gifts from the corporation's or labor organization's money or 4969
property aggregating more than ten thousand dollars to any one 4970
state or county political party for the party's restricted fund in 4971
a calendar year.4972

       (b) No state or county political party shall accept a gift or 4973
gifts for the party's restricted fund aggregating more than ten 4974
thousand dollars from any one corporation or labor organization in 4975
a calendar year. 4976

       (4) No state or county political party shall transfer any 4977
moneys in the party's restricted fund to any other state or county 4978
political party.4979

       (5) No state or county political party shall knowingly fail 4980
to file a statement required under section 3517.1012 of the 4981
Revised Code.4982

       Sec. 3517.151.  (A) On and after January 1, 1996, complaints 4983
with respect to acts or failures to act under the sections listed4984
in division (A) of section 3517.153 of the Revised Code shall be 4985
filed with the Ohio elections commission created under section4986
3517.152 of the Revised Code.4987

       (B)(1) If a complaint filed with the Ohio elections4988
commission created under section 3517.152 of the Revised Code4989
alleges an act or failure to act that occurred before August 24,4990
1995, and the commission imposes a fine, sections 3517.99 and4991
3517.991 of the Revised Code, and not sections 3517.992 and4992
3517.993 of the Revised Code, shall apply.4993

       (2) If a complaint filed with the Ohio elections commission4994
created under section 3517.152 of the Revised Code alleges an act4995
or failure to act that is a violation of section 3517.13 of the4996
Revised Code, former divisions (A) to (R) of that section apply to 4997
the act or failure to act if it occurred before August 24, 1995, 4998
former divisions (A) to (U) of that section apply to the act or 4999
failure to act if it occurs on or after August 24, 1995, but 5000
before July 13, 1998, former divisions (A) to (V) of that section 5001
apply to the act or failure to act if it occurs on or after July 5002
13, 1998, but before the effective date of this amendmentDecember 5003
22, 1999, andformer divisions (A) to (W) of that section apply to 5004
the act or failure to act if it occurs on or after the effective 5005
date of this amendmentDecember 22, 1999, but before the effective 5006
date of this amendment, and divisions (A) to (X) of that section 5007
apply to the act or failure to act if it occurs on or after the 5008
effective date of this amendment.5009

       (C) The Ohio elections commission created under section5010
3517.14 of the Revised Code is abolished at the close of business5011
on December 31, 1995.5012

       Sec. 3517.152.  (A)(1) There is hereby created the Ohio 5013
elections commission consisting of seven members.5014

       Not later than forty-five days after August 24, 1995, the5015
speaker of the house of representatives and the leader in the 5016
senate of the political party of which the speaker is a member 5017
shall jointly submit to the governor a list of five persons who 5018
are affiliated with that political party. Not later than 5019
forty-five days after August 24, 1995, the two legislative leaders 5020
in the two houses of the general assembly of the major political 5021
party of which the speaker is not a member shall jointly submit to5022
the governor a list of five persons who are affiliated with the 5023
major political party of which the speaker is not a member. Not 5024
later than fifteen days after receiving each list, the governor 5025
shall appoint three persons from each list to the commission. The 5026
governor shall appoint one person from each list to a term that 5027
ends on December 31, 1996, one person from each list to a term5028
that ends on December 31, 1997, and one person from each list to a5029
term that ends on December 31, 1998.5030

       Not later than thirty days after the governor appoints these 5031
six members, they shall, by a majority vote, appoint to the 5032
commission a seventh member, who shall not be affiliated with a 5033
political party. If the six members fail to appoint the seventh 5034
member within this thirty-day period, the chief justice of the 5035
supreme court, not later than thirty days after the end of the 5036
period during which the six members were required to appoint a 5037
member, shall appoint the seventh member, who shall not be 5038
affiliated with a political party. The seventh member shall be 5039
appointed to a term that ends on December 31, 2001. Terms of the 5040
initial members appointed under this division begin on January 1, 5041
1996.5042

       (2) If a vacancy occurs in the position of the seventh 5043
member, who is not affiliated with a political party, the six 5044
remaining members by a majority vote shall appoint, not later than 5045
forty-five days after the date of the vacancy, the seventh member 5046
of the commission, who shall not be affiliated with a political 5047
party. If these members fail to appoint the seventh member within5048
this forty-five-day period, the chief justice of the supreme 5049
court, within fifteen days after the end of this period, shall 5050
appoint the seventh member, who shall not be affiliated with a 5051
political party. If a vacancy occurs in any of the other six 5052
positions on the commission, the legislative leaders of the 5053
political party from whose list of persons the member being 5054
replaced was appointed shall submit to the governor, not later 5055
than thirty days after the date of the vacancy, a list of three 5056
persons who are affiliated with that political party. Not later 5057
than fifteen days after receiving the list, the governor, with the 5058
advice and consent of the senate, shall appoint one person from 5059
the list to the commission.5060

       (3) At no time shall more than six members of the commission 5061
be affiliated with a political party, and, of these six members, 5062
not more than three shall be affiliated with the same political 5063
party.5064

       (4) In making appointments to the commission, the governor 5065
shall take into consideration the various geographic areas of this 5066
state and shall appoint members so that those areas are 5067
represented on the commission in a balanced manner, to the extent 5068
feasible.5069

       (5) Members of the commission shall be registered electors 5070
and shall be of good moral character.5071

       (B) Each member of the Ohio elections commission shall hold 5072
office from the date of the member's appointment until the end of 5073
the term for which the member was appointed. A member appointed to 5074
fill a vacancy occurring prior to the expiration of the term for 5075
which the member's predecessor was appointed shall hold office for 5076
the remainder of that term. A member shall continue in office 5077
subsequent to the expiration date of the member's term until the 5078
member's successor takes office or until a period of sixty days 5079
has elapsed, whichever occurs first. After the initial terms of 5080
office provided for in division (A)(1) of this section, terms of 5081
office shall be for five years.5082

       (C) A vacancy in the Ohio elections commission may be caused 5083
by death, resignation, or three absences from commission meetings 5084
in a calendar year if those absences are caused by reasons 5085
declared invalid by a vote of five members of the remaining 5086
members of the commission.5087

       (D) Each member of the Ohio elections commission while in the5088
performance of the business of the commission shall be entitled to 5089
receive compensation at the rate of twenty-five thousand dollars 5090
per year. Members shall be reimbursed for expenses actually and 5091
necessarily incurred in the performance of their duties.5092

       (E) No member of the Ohio elections commission shall serve 5093
more than one full term unless the terms served are served 5094
nonconsecutively.5095

       (F)(1) No member of the Ohio elections commission shall do or 5096
be any of the following:5097

       (a) Hold, or be a candidate for, a public office;5098

       (b) Serve on a committee supporting or opposing a candidate 5099
or ballot question or issue;5100

       (c) Be an officer of the state central committee, a county 5101
central committee, or a district, city, township, or other 5102
committee of a political party or an officer of the executive 5103
committee of the state central committee, a county central 5104
committee, or a district, city, township, or other committee of a 5105
political party;5106

       (d) Be a legislative agent as defined in section 101.70 of 5107
the Revised Code or an executive agency lobbyist as defined in 5108
section 121.60 of the Revised Code;5109

       (e) Solicit or be involved in soliciting contributions on 5110
behalf of a candidate, campaign committee, political party, or5111
political action committee, or political contributing entity;5112

       (f) Be in the unclassified service under section 124.11 of 5113
the Revised Code;5114

       (g) Be a person or employee described in divisions (C)(1) to 5115
(15) of section 4117.01 of the Revised Code.5116

       (2) No member or employee of the commission shall make a 5117
contribution to, or for the benefit of, a campaign committee or 5118