As Introduced

125th General Assembly
Special Session
2003-2004
S. B. No. 2


Senators Dann, Fingerhut, Miller, Hagan, Fedor, Zurz 



A BILL
To amend sections 101.34, 101.99, 102.03, 121.99, 1
127.13, 2921.01, 2921.43, 2923.31, 3501.05, 2
3513.10, 3517.01, 3517.03, 3517.06, 3517.08, 3
3517.082, 3517.09, 3517.092, 3517.10, 3517.102, 4
3517.103, 3517.105, 3517.106, 3517.108, 3517.109, 5
3517.1010, 3517.11, 3517.13, 3517.151, 3517.152, 6
3517.154, 3517.155, 3517.20, 3517.23, 3517.992, 7
3599.03, 3599.031, 5727.61, and 5733.27, and to 8
enact sections 101.80, 101.801, 101.802, 101.803, 9
101.804, 121.80, 121.81, 121.82, 121.83, 121.84, 10
and 3517.1011 of the Revised Code to revise the 11
Campaign Finance Law and the Ethics Law.12


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

       Section 1. That sections 101.34, 101.99, 102.03, 121.99, 13
127.13, 2921.01, 2921.43, 2923.31, 3501.05, 3513.10, 3517.01, 14
3517.03, 3517.06, 3517.08, 3517.082, 3517.09, 3517.092, 3517.10, 15
3517.102, 3517.103, 3517.105, 3517.106, 3517.108, 3517.109, 16
3517.1010, 3517.11, 3517.13, 3517.151, 3517.152, 3517.154, 17
3517.155, 3517.20, 3517.23, 3517.992, 3599.03, 3599.031, 5727.61, 18
and 5733.27 be amended and sections 101.80, 101.801, 101.802, 19
101.803, 101.804, 121.80, 121.81, 121.82, 121.83, 121.84, and 20
3517.1011 of the Revised Code be enacted to read as follows:21

       Sec. 101.34.  (A) There is hereby created a joint legislative 22
ethics committee to serve the general assembly. The committee 23
shall be composed of twelve members, six each from the two major 24
political parties, and each member shall serve on the committee 25
during the member's term as a member of that general assembly. Six 26
members of the committee shall be members of the house of 27
representatives appointed by the speaker of the house of28
representatives, not more than three from the same political29
party, and six members of the committee shall be members of the30
senate appointed by the president of the senate, not more than31
three from the same political party. A vacancy in the committee32
shall be filled for the unexpired term in the same manner as an33
original appointment. The members of the committee shall be34
appointed within fifteen days after the first day of the first35
regular session of each general assembly, and the committee shall36
meet and proceed to recommend an ethics code not later than thirty37
days after the first day of the first regular session of each38
general assembly.39

       In the first regular session of each general assembly, the40
speaker of the house of representatives shall appoint the41
chairperson of the committee from among the house members of the42
committee, and the president of the senate shall appoint the43
vice-chairperson of the committee from among the senate members of44
the committee. In the second regular session of each general45
assembly, the president of the senate shall appoint the46
chairperson of the committee from among the senate members of the47
committee, and the speaker of the house of representatives shall48
appoint the vice-chairperson of the committee from among the house49
members of the committee. The chairperson, vice-chairperson, and50
members of the committee shall serve until their respective51
successors are appointed or until they are no longer members of52
the general assembly.53

       The committee shall meet at the call of the chairperson or54
upon the written request of seven members of the committee.55

       (B) The joint legislative ethics committee:56

       (1) Shall recommend a code of ethics whichthat is consistent57
with law to govern all members and employees of each house of the58
general assembly and all candidates for the office of member of59
each house;60

       (2) May receive and hear any complaint whichthat alleges a61
breach of any privilege of either house, or misconduct of any62
member, employee, or candidate, or any violation of the63
appropriate code of ethics;64

       (3) May obtain information with respect to any complaint65
filed pursuant to this section and to that end may enforce the66
attendance and testimony of witnesses, and the production of books67
and papers;68

       (4) May recommend whatever sanction is appropriate with69
respect to a particular member, employee, or candidate as will70
best maintain in the minds of the public a good opinion of the71
conduct and character of members and employees of the general72
assembly;73

       (5) May recommend legislation to the general assembly74
relating to the conduct and ethics of members and employees of and75
candidates for the general assembly;76

       (6) Shall employ an executive director for the committee and77
may employ such other staff as the committee determines necessary78
to assist it in exercising its powers and duties. The executive79
director and staff of the committee shall be known as the office80
of legislative inspector general. At least one member of the staff 81
of the committee shall be an attorney at law licensed to practice 82
law in this state. The appointment and removal of the executive 83
director shall require the approval of at least eight members of 84
the committee.85

       (7) May employ a special counsel to assist the committee in86
exercising its powers and duties. The appointment and removal of a 87
special counsel shall require the approval of at least eight88
members of the committee.89

       (8) Shall act as an advisory body to the general assembly and 90
to individual members, candidates, and employees on questions91
relating to ethics, possible conflicts of interest, and financial92
disclosure;93

       (9) Shall provide for the proper forms on which the statement 94
required pursuant to section 102.02 of the Revised Code shall be 95
filed and instructions as to the filing of the statement;96

       (10) Exercise the powers and duties prescribed under sections 97
101.70 to 101.79, sections 101.80 to 101.804, sections 101.90 to 98
101.98, and sections 121.60 to 121.69, and sections 121.80 to 99
121.84 of the Revised Code;100

       (11) Adopt, in accordance with section 111.15 of the Revised101
Code, any rules that are necessary to implement and clarify 102
Chapter 102. and sections 2921.42 and 2921.43 of the Revised Code.103

       (C) There is hereby created in the state treasury the joint104
legislative ethics committee fund. MoneyExcept as provided in 105
division (E) of section 101.802 and division (E) of section 121.82 106
of the Revised Code, money credited to the fund and any interest107
and earnings from the fund shall be used solely for the operation108
of the joint legislative ethics committee and the office of109
legislative inspector general and for the purchase of data storage110
and computerization facilities for the statements filed with the111
joint committee under sections 101.73, 101.74, 101.802, 121.63, 112
and 121.64, and 121.82 of the Revised Code.113

       (D) The chairperson of the joint legislative ethics committee 114
shall issue a written report, not later than the thirty-first day 115
of January of each year, to the speaker and minority leader of the 116
house of representatives and to the president and minority leader 117
of the senate that lists the number of committee meetings and118
investigations the committee conducted during the immediately119
preceding calendar year and the number of advisory opinions it120
issued during the immediately preceding calendar year.121

       (E) Any investigative report that contains facts and findings 122
regarding a complaint filed with the joint legislative ethics123
committee and that is prepared by the staff of the committee or a 124
special counsel to the committee shall become a public record upon 125
its acceptance by a vote of the majority of the members of the 126
committee, except for any names of specific individuals and 127
entities contained in the report. If the committee recommends 128
disciplinary action or reports its findings to the appropriate 129
prosecuting authority for proceedings in prosecution of the 130
violations alleged in the complaint, the investigatory report 131
regarding the complaint shall become a public record in its 132
entirety.133

       (F)(1) Any file obtained by or in the possession of the134
former house ethics committee or former senate ethics committee135
shall become the property of the joint legislative ethics136
committee. Any such file is confidential if either of the137
following applies:138

       (a) It is confidential under section 102.06 of the Revised139
Code or the legislative code of ethics.140

       (b) If the file was obtained from the former house ethics141
committee or from the former senate ethics committee, it was142
confidential under any statute or any provision of a code of143
ethics that governed the file.144

       (2) As used in this division, "file" includes, but is not145
limited to, evidence, documentation, or any other tangible thing.146

       Sec. 101.80.  As used in sections 101.80 to 101.804 of the 147
Revised Code:148

       (A) "Contribution" means money, property, financial 149
assistance, or any other thing of value given to a person for a 150
social, recreational, benevolent, charitable, fraternal, 151
political, patriotic, athletic, or other purpose.152

       (B) "Person" hasthe same meaning as in section 101.70 of the 153
Revised Code. 154

       Sec. 101.801.  (A) No member of the general assembly or 155
candidate for the office of member of the general assembly shall 156
knowingly fail to maintain a record that section 101.802 of the 157
Revised Code requires the member or candidate to maintain.158

       (B) No member of the general assembly or candidate for the 159
office of member of the general assembly shall knowingly fail to 160
file a statement that section 101.802 of the Revised Code requires 161
the member or candidate to file.162

       (C) No member of the general assembly or candidate for the 163
office of member of the general assembly shall knowingly file a 164
false statement that section 101.802 of the Revised Code requires 165
the member or candidate to file.166

       Sec. 101.802.  (A) Each member of the general assembly and 167
each candidate for the office of member of the general assembly 168
shall file by electronic means of transmission with the office of 169
the joint legislative ethics committee, not later than the last 170
day of January, May, and September of each year, a statement of 171
contributions solicited. The statement shall include, for each 172
contribution that was made to a person as a result of a 173
solicitation by the member or candidate, all of the following: 174

       (1) The name and address of the contributor;175

       (2) The name, address, and employer of the person who 176
received the contribution;177

       (3) The approximate date the contribution was made; 178

       (4) The dollar amount or fair market value of the 179
contribution. If it is impractical or impossible to determine the 180
exact dollar amount or fair market value of the contribution, 181
reporting of good faith estimates, based on reasonable accounting 182
procedures, constitutes compliance with this requirement.183

       (B) Each statement shall cover contributions solicited during 184
the four-calendar-month period that ended on the last day of the 185
month immediately preceding the month in which the statement is 186
required to be filed.187

       (C) Members of the general assembly and candidates for the 188
office of member of the general assembly shall maintain records 189
for all contributions solicited that they are required to report 190
under this section. These records shall be maintained for a period 191
ending on the thirty-first day of December of the second calendar 192
year after the year in which a contribution was made.193

       (D) If a statement required to be filed under this section is 194
not filed by the date on which it is required to be filed, the 195
joint committee shall assess a late filing fee equal to twelve 196
dollars and fifty cents per day, up to a maximum of one hundred 197
dollars, upon the member of the general assembly or candidate for 198
the office of member of the general assembly. The joint committee 199
may waive the late filing fee for good cause shown.200

       (E) The joint committee shall deposit all money collected 201
from late filing fees under division (D) of this section into the 202
joint legislative ethics committee fund created under section 203
101.34 of the Revised Code. Money collected from those fees shall 204
be used by the joint committee for the purpose of employing 205
additional special investigators.206

       Sec. 101.803.  (A) The joint legislative ethics committee 207
shall keep on file the statements required by section 101.802 of 208
the Revised Code. Those statements are public records open to 209
public inspection and copying under section 149.43 of the Revised 210
Code.211

       (B) The joint committee shall provide the information 212
contained in each statement to the secretary of state. The 213
secretary of state shall make this information readily accessible 214
to the general public in a manner that is searchable on the 215
secretary of state's web site. 216

       (C) The joint committee shall prescribe and make available an 217
appropriate process for the filing of the statements by electronic 218
means of transmission. The electronic form shall contain the 219
following notice in boldface type: "ANY PERSON WHO KNOWINGLY FILES 220
A FALSE STATEMENT IS GUILTY OF FALSIFICATION UNDER SECTION 2921.13 221
OF THE REVISED CODE, WHICH IS A MISDEMEANOR OF THE FIRST DEGREE."222

       (D) The joint committee may adopt rules as necessary to 223
implement sections 101.80 to 101.804 of the Revised Code. Any 224
rules it adopts shall be adopted in accordance with section 111.15 225
of the Revised Code.226

       (E) The joint committee shall publish a handbook that 227
explains in clear and concise language sections 101.80 to 101.804 228
of the Revised Code and make it available free of charge to 229
members of the general assembly, candidates for the office of 230
member of the general assembly, and other interested persons.231

       Sec. 101.804.  The attorney general and any assistant or 232
special counsel designated by the attorney general may investigate 233
compliance with sections 101.80 to 101.803 of the Revised Code in 234
connection with statements required to be filed under those 235
sections and, in the event of an apparent violation, shall report 236
the findings of any such investigation to the prosecuting attorney 237
of Franklin county, who shall institute appropriate proceedings.238

       Sec. 101.99.  (A) Whoever violates division (A), (B), or (C) 239
of section 101.71 or of section 101.91, or section 101.77, 240
division (A) or (B) of section 101.801, or section 101.97 of the 241
Revised Code is guilty of a misdemeanor of the fourth degree.242

       (B) Whoever violates division (D) of section 101.71 or of 243
section 101.91 or division (C) of section 101.801 of the Revised 244
Code is guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree.245

       Sec. 102.03.  (A)(1) No present or former public official or246
employee shall, during public employment or service or for twelve247
months thereafter, represent a client or act in a representative248
capacity for any person on any matter in which the public official249
or employee personally participated as a public official or250
employee through decision, approval, disapproval, recommendation,251
the rendering of advice, investigation, or other substantial252
exercise of administrative discretion.253

       (2) For twenty-four months after the conclusion of service,254
no former commissioner or attorney examiner of the public255
utilities commission shall represent a public utility, as defined256
in section 4905.02 of the Revised Code, or act in a representative257
capacity on behalf of such a utility before any state board,258
commission, or agency.259

       (3) For twenty-four months after the conclusion of employment 260
or service, no former public official or employee who personally 261
participated as a public official or employee through decision, 262
approval, disapproval, recommendation, the rendering of advice, 263
the development or adoption of solid waste management plans, 264
investigation, inspection, or other substantial exercise of265
administrative discretion under Chapter 343. or 3734. of the266
Revised Code shall represent a person who is the owner or operator267
of a facility, as defined in section 3734.01 of the Revised Code,268
or who is an applicant for a permit or license for a facility269
under that chapter, on any matter in which the public official or270
employee personally participated as a public official or employee.271

       (4) For a period of one year after the conclusion of272
employment or service as a member or employee of the general273
assembly, no former member or employee of the general assembly274
shall represent, or act in a representative capacity for, any275
person on any matter before the general assembly, any committee of276
the general assembly, or the controlling board. Division (A)(4) of 277
this section does not apply to or affect a person who separates278
from service with the general assembly on or before December 31,279
1995. As used in division (A)(4) of this section, "person" does280
not include any state agency or political subdivision of the281
state.282

       (5) As used in divisions (A)(1), (2), and (3) of this283
section, "matter" includes any case, proceeding, application,284
determination, issue, or question, but does not include the285
proposal, consideration, or enactment of statutes, rules,286
ordinances, resolutions, or charter or constitutional amendments.287
As used in division (A)(4) of this section, "matter" includes the288
proposal, consideration, or enactment of statutes, resolutions, or289
constitutional amendments. As used in division (A) of this290
section, "represent" includes any formal or informal appearance291
before, or any written or oral communication with, any public292
agency on behalf of any person.293

       (6) Nothing contained in division (A) of this section shall294
prohibit, during such period, a former public official or employee295
from being retained or employed to represent, assist, or act in a296
representative capacity for the public agency by which the public297
official or employee was employed or on which the public official298
or employee served.299

       (7) Division (A) of this section shall not be construed to300
prohibit the performance of ministerial functions, including, but301
not limited to, the filing or amendment of tax returns,302
applications for permits and licenses, incorporation papers, and303
other similar documents.304

       (B) No present or former public official or employee shall305
disclose or use, without appropriate authorization, any306
information acquired by the public official or employee in the307
course of the public official's or employee's official duties that308
is confidential because of statutory provisions, or that has been309
clearly designated to the public official or employee as310
confidential when that confidential designation is warranted311
because of the status of the proceedings or the circumstances312
under which the information was received and preserving its313
confidentiality is necessary to the proper conduct of government314
business.315

       (C) No public official or employee shall participate within316
the scope of duties as a public official or employee, except317
through ministerial functions as defined in division (A) of this318
section, in any license or rate-making proceeding that directly319
affects the license or rates of any person, partnership, trust,320
business trust, corporation, or association in which the public321
official or employee or immediate family owns or controls more322
than five per cent. No public official or employee shall323
participate within the scope of duties as a public official or324
employee, except through ministerial functions as defined in325
division (A) of this section, in any license or rate-making326
proceeding that directly affects the license or rates of any327
person to whom the public official or employee or immediate328
family, or a partnership, trust, business trust, corporation, or329
association of which the public official or employee or the public330
official's or employee's immediate family owns or controls more331
than five per cent, has sold goods or services totaling more than332
one thousand dollars during the preceding year, unless the public333
official or employee has filed a written statement acknowledging334
that sale with the clerk or secretary of the public agency and the335
statement is entered in any public record of the agency's336
proceedings. This division shall not be construed to require the337
disclosure of clients of attorneys or persons licensed under338
section 4732.12 or 4732.15 of the Revised Code, or patients of339
persons certified under section 4731.14 of the Revised Code.340

       (D) No public official or employee shall use or authorize the 341
use of the authority or influence of office or employment to342
secure anything of value or the promise or offer of anything of343
value that is of such a character as to manifest a substantial and344
improper influence upon the public official or employee with345
respect to that person's duties.346

       (E) No public official or employee shall solicit or accept347
anything of value that is of such a character as to manifest a348
substantial and improper influence upon the public official or349
employee with respect to that person's duties.350

       (F) No person shall promise or give to a public official or351
employee anything of value that is of such a character as to352
manifest a substantial and improper influence upon the public353
official or employee with respect to that person's duties.354

       (G) In the absence of bribery or another offense under the355
Revised Code or a purpose to defraud, contributions made to a356
campaign committee, political party, legislative campaign fund,357
political action committee, or political contributing entity, or 358
entity engaging in electioneering on behalf of an elected public 359
officer or other public official or employee who seeks elective 360
office shall be considered to accrue ordinarily to the public 361
official or employee for the purposes of divisions (D), (E), and 362
(F) of this section.363

       As used in this division, "contributions," "campaign364
committee," "political party," "legislative campaign fund,"365
"political action committee," and "political contributing entity," 366
and "entity engaging in electioneering" have the same meanings as 367
in section 3517.01 of the Revised Code.368

       (H)(1) No public official or employee, except for the369
president or other chief administrative officer of or a member of370
a board of trustees of a state institution of higher education as371
defined in section 3345.011 of the Revised Code, who is required372
to file a financial disclosure statement under section 102.02 of373
the Revised Code shall solicit or accept, and no person shall give 374
to that public official or employee, an honorarium. Except as 375
provided in division (H)(2) of this section, this division and376
divisions (D), (E), and (F) of this section do not prohibit a377
public official or employee who is required to file a financial378
disclosure statement under section 102.02 of the Revised Code from379
accepting and do not prohibit a person from giving to that public380
official or employee the payment of actual travel expenses,381
including any expenses incurred in connection with the travel for382
lodging, and meals, food, and beverages provided to the public383
official or employee at a meeting at which the public official or384
employee participates in a panel, seminar, or speaking engagement385
or provided to the public official or employee at a meeting or386
convention of a national organization to which any state agency,387
including, but not limited to, any state legislative agency or388
state institution of higher education as defined in section389
3345.011 of the Revised Code, pays membership dues. Except as 390
provided in division (H)(2) of this section, this division and 391
divisions (D), (E), and (F) of this section do not prohibit a392
public official or employee who is not required to file a393
financial disclosure statement under section 102.02 of the Revised394
Code from accepting and do not prohibit a person from promising or395
giving to that public official or employee an honorarium or the396
payment of travel, meal, and lodging expenses if the honorarium,397
expenses, or both were paid in recognition of demonstrable398
business, professional, or esthetic interests of the public399
official or employee that exist apart from public office or400
employment, including, but not limited to, such a demonstrable401
interest in public speaking and were not paid by any person or402
other entity, or by any representative or association of those403
persons or entities, that is regulated by, doing business with, or404
seeking to do business with the department, division, institution,405
board, commission, authority, bureau, or other instrumentality of406
the governmental entity with which the public official or employee407
serves.408

       (2) No person who is a member of the board of a state 409
retirement system, a state retirement system investment officer, 410
or an employee of a state retirement system whose position 411
involves substantial and material exercise of discretion in the 412
investment of retirement system funds shall solicit or accept, and 413
no person shall give to that board member, officer, or employee, 414
payment of actual travel expenses, including expenses incurred 415
with the travel for lodging, meals, food, and beverages.416

       (I) A public official or employee may accept travel, meals,417
and lodging or expenses or reimbursement of expenses for travel,418
meals, and lodging in connection with conferences, seminars, and419
similar events related to official duties if the travel, meals,420
and lodging, expenses, or reimbursement is not of such a character421
as to manifest a substantial and improper influence upon the422
public official or employee with respect to that person's duties.423
The house of representatives and senate, in their code of ethics,424
and the Ohio ethics commission, under section 111.15 of the425
Revised Code, may adopt rules setting standards and conditions for426
the furnishing and acceptance of such travel, meals, and lodging,427
expenses, or reimbursement.428

       A person who acts in compliance with this division and any429
applicable rules adopted under it, or any applicable, similar430
rules adopted by the supreme court governing judicial officers and431
employees, does not violate division (D), (E), or (F) of this432
section. This division does not preclude any person from seeking433
an advisory opinion from the appropriate ethics commission under434
section 102.08 of the Revised Code.435

       (J) For purposes of divisions (D), (E), and (F) of this436
section, the membership of a public official or employee in an437
organization shall not be considered, in and of itself, to be of438
such a character as to manifest a substantial and improper439
influence on the public official or employee with respect to that440
person's duties. As used in this division, "organization" means a441
church or a religious, benevolent, fraternal, or professional442
organization that is tax exempt under subsection 501(a) and443
described in subsection 501(c)(3), (4), (8), (10), or (19) of the444
"Internal Revenue Code of 1986." This division does not apply to a 445
public official or employee who is an employee of an organization, 446
serves as a trustee, director, or officer of an organization, or 447
otherwise holds a fiduciary relationship with an organization. 448
This division does not allow a public official or employee who is 449
a member of an organization to participate, formally or 450
informally, in deliberations, discussions, or voting on a matter 451
or to use histhe public official's or employee's official 452
position with regard to the interests of the organization on the 453
matter if the public official or employee has assumed a particular454
responsibility in the organization with respect to the matter or455
if the matter would affect that person's personal, pecuniary456
interests.457

       (K) It is not a violation of this section for a prosecuting458
attorney to appoint assistants and employees in accordance with459
division (B) of section 309.06 and section 2921.421 of the Revised460
Code, for a chief legal officer of a municipal corporation or an461
official designated as prosecutor in a municipal corporation to462
appoint assistants and employees in accordance with sections463
733.621 and 2921.421 of the Revised Code, for a township law464
director appointed under section 504.15 of the Revised Code to465
appoint assistants and employees in accordance with sections466
504.151 and 2921.421 of the Revised Code, or for a coroner to467
appoint assistants and employees in accordance with division (B)468
of section 313.05 of the Revised Code.469

       As used in this division, "chief legal officer" has the same470
meaning as in section 733.621 of the Revised Code.471

       Sec. 121.80.  As used in sections 121.80 to 121.84 of the 472
Revised Code:473

       (A) "Contribution" means money, property, financial 474
assistance, or any other thing of value given to a person for a 475
social, recreational, benevolent, charitable, fraternal, 476
political, patriotic, athletic, or other purpose.477

       (B) "Person" hasthe same meaning as in section 101.70 of the 478
Revised Code. 479

       (C) "Statewide candidate" means the joint candidates for the 480
offices of governor and lieutenant governor or a candidate for the 481
office of secretary of state, auditor of state, treasurer of 482
state, or attorney general.483

       (D) "Statewide officeholder" means the governor, lieutenant 484
governor, secretary of state, auditor of state, treasurer of 485
state, or attorney general.486

       Sec. 121.81.  (A) No statewide officeholder or statewide 487
candidate shall knowingly fail to maintain a record that section 488
121.82 of the Revised Code requires the officeholder or candidate 489
to maintain.490

       (B) No statewide officeholder or statewide candidate shall 491
knowingly fail to file a statement that section 121.82 of the 492
Revised Code requires the officeholder or candidate to file.493

       (C) No statewide officeholder or statewide candidate shall 494
knowingly file a false statement that section 121.82 of the 495
Revised Code requires the officeholder or candidate to file.496

       Sec. 121.82.  (A) Each statewide officeholder and each 497
statewide candidate shall file by electronic means of transmission 498
with the office of the joint legislative ethics committee, not 499
later than the last day of January, May, and September of each 500
year, a statement of contributions solicited. The statement shall 501
include, for each contribution that was made to a person as a 502
result of a solicitation by the statewide officeholder or 503
statewide candidate, all of the following: 504

       (1) The name and address of the contributor;505

       (2) The name, address, and employer of the person who 506
received the contribution;507

       (3) The approximate date the contribution was made; 508

       (4) The dollar amount or fair market value of the 509
contribution. If it is impractical or impossible to determine the 510
exact dollar amount or fair market value of the contribution, 511
reporting of good faith estimates, based on reasonable accounting 512
procedures, constitutes compliance with this requirement.   513

       (B) Each statement shall cover contributions solicited during 514
the four-calendar-month period that ended on the last day of the 515
month immediately preceding the month in which the statement is 516
required to be filed.517

       (C) Statewide officeholders and statewide candidates shall 518
maintain records for all contributions solicited that they are 519
required to report under this section. These records shall be 520
maintained for a period ending on the thirty-first day of December 521
of the second calendar year after the year in which a contribution 522
was made.523

       (D) If a statement required to be filed under this section is 524
not filed by the date on which it is required to be filed, the 525
joint committee shall assess a late filing fee equal to twelve 526
dollars and fifty cents per day, up to a maximum of one hundred 527
dollars, upon the statewide officeholder or statewide candidate. 528
The joint committee may waive the late filing fee for good cause 529
shown.530

       (E) The joint committee shall deposit all money collected 531
from late filing fees under division (D) of this section into the 532
joint legislative ethics committee fund created under section 533
101.34 of the Revised Code. Money collected from those fees shall 534
be used by the joint committee for the purpose of employing 535
additional special investigators.536

       Sec. 121.83.  (A) The joint legislative ethics committee 537
shall keep on file the statements required by section 121.82 of 538
the Revised Code. Those statements are public records open to 539
public inspection and copying under section 149.43 of the Revised 540
Code.541

       (B) The joint committee shall provide the information 542
contained in each statement to the secretary of state. The 543
secretary of state shall make this information readily accessible 544
to the general public in a manner that is searchable on the 545
secretary of state's web site. 546

       (C) The joint committee shall prescribe and make available an 547
appropriate process for the filing of the statements by electronic 548
means of transmission. The electronic form shall contain the 549
following notice in boldface type: "ANY PERSON WHO KNOWINGLY FILES 550
A FALSE STATEMENT IS GUILTY OF FALSIFICATION UNDER SECTION 2921.13 551
OF THE REVISED CODE, WHICH IS A MISDEMEANOR OF THE FIRST DEGREE."552

       (D) The joint committee may adopt rules as necessary to 553
implement sections 121.80 to 121.84 of the Revised Code. Any rules 554
it adopts shall be adopted in accordance with section 111.15 of 555
the Revised Code.556

       (E) The joint committee shall publish a handbook that 557
explains in clear and concise language sections 121.80 to 121.84 558
of the Revised Code and make it available free of charge to 559
statewide officeholders, statewide candidates, and other 560
interested persons.561

       Sec. 121.84.  The attorney general and any assistant or 562
special counsel designated by the attorney general may investigate 563
compliance with sections 121.80 to 121.83 of the Revised Code in 564
connection with statements required to be filed under those 565
sections and, in the event of an apparent violation, shall report 566
the findings of any such investigation to the prosecuting attorney 567
of Franklin county, who shall institute appropriate proceedings.568

       Sec. 121.99.  (A) Whoever violates division (A), (B), or (C) 569
of section 121.61 or, section 121.67, or division (A) or (B) of 570
section 121.81 of the Revised Code is guilty of a misdemeanor of 571
the fourth degree.572

       (B) Whoever violates division (D) of section 121.61 or 573
division (C) of section 121.81 of the Revised Code is guilty of a 574
misdemeanor of the first degree.575

       Sec. 127.13. (A) The director of budget and management or his576
the director's designee shall be president of the controlling 577
board. The president shall prepare the proposed agenda for the 578
meetings of the board and shall provide, at least seven days prior 579
to the meeting, copies of the proposed agenda and supporting580
documentation to the members of the board and to the legislative581
budget office of the legislative service commission.582

       The director shall designate an employee of the office of583
budget and management to serve as secretary of the controlling584
board. The secretary shall assist the president of the board and585
shall make and keep a record of each request received by the board 586
and of its action thereonon the request. The secretary shall 587
certify a copy of the record of each action to each member of the 588
board and to the director.589

       The(B) Subject to division (D) of this section, the590
controlling board may adopt procedural rules for the conduct of 591
the business of the board, may approve, disapprove, modify as to 592
specific dollar amounts, or defer requests, and may require that a 593
request from the senate, the house of representatives, the supreme 594
court, or an elected member of the executive department as defined 595
in Section 1 of Article III, Ohio Constitution, not currently 596
before the controlling board be added to the agenda for a 597
specified future meeting of the board, provided that such request 598
has been previously submitted to the president for inclusion in 599
the agenda for a board meeting. The controlling board also may 600
adopt rules authorizing the president to act on its behalf in 601
exigent circumstances affecting the public health, safety, or 602
welfare.603

       (C) The affirmative vote of no fewer than four members of the604
controlling board shall be required for any action of the board.605
The board shall meet at least once a month.606

       (D) In addition to any procedural rules for requests that are 607
adopted by the controlling board under division (B) of this 608
section, any request made to the controlling board that involves 609
the approval of a contract with any business that employs 610
legislative agents or executive agency lobbyists shall include 611
copies of the registration statements that the business and that 612
the legislative agents or executive agency lobbyists employed by 613
that business are required to file with the joint legislative 614
ethics committee under section 101.72 or 121.62 of the Revised 615
Code.616

       Sec. 2921.01.  As used in sections 2921.01 to 2921.45 of the 617
Revised Code:618

       (A) "Public official" means any elected or appointed officer, 619
or employee, or agent of the state or any political subdivision, 620
whether in a temporary or permanent capacity, and includes, but is 621
not limited to, legislators, judges, and law enforcement officers.622

       (B) "Public servant" means any of the following:623

       (1) Any public official;624

       (2) Any person performing ad hoc a governmental function, 625
including, but not limited to, a juror, member of a temporary 626
commission, master, arbitrator, advisor, or consultant;627

       (3) A person who is a candidate for public office, whether or 628
not the person is elected or appointed to the office for which the 629
person is a candidate. A person is a candidate for purposes of 630
this division if the person has been nominated according to law 631
for election or appointment to public office, or if the person has 632
filed a petition or petitions as required by law to have the 633
person's name placed on the ballot in a primary, general, or 634
special election, or if the person campaigns asfiles a 635
declaration of intent to be a write-in candidate in any primary, 636
general, or special election.637

       (C) "Party official" means any person who holds an elective 638
or appointive post in a political party in the United States or 639
this state, by virtue of which the person directs, conducts, or 640
participates in directing or conducting party affairs at any level 641
of responsibility.642

       (D) "Official proceeding" means any proceeding before a 643
legislative, judicial, administrative, or other governmental 644
agency or official authorized to take evidence under oath, and 645
includes any proceeding before a referee, hearing examiner, 646
commissioner, notary, or other person taking testimony or a 647
deposition in connection with an official proceeding.648

       (E) "Detention" means arrest; confinement in any vehicle 649
subsequent to an arrest; confinement in any public or private 650
facility for custody of persons charged with or convicted of crime 651
in this state or another state or under the laws of the United 652
States or alleged or found to be a delinquent child or unruly 653
child in this state or another state or under the laws of the 654
United States; hospitalization, institutionalization, or 655
confinement in any public or private facility that is ordered 656
pursuant to or under the authority of section 2945.37, 2945.371, 657
2945.38, 2945.39, 2945.40, 2945.401, or 2945.402 of the Revised 658
Code; confinement in any vehicle for transportation to or from any 659
facility of any of those natures; detention for extradition or 660
deportation; except as provided in this division, supervision by 661
any employee of any facility of any of those natures that is 662
incidental to hospitalization, institutionalization, or 663
confinement in the facility but that occurs outside the facility; 664
supervision by an employee of the department of rehabilitation and 665
correction of a person on any type of release from a state 666
correctional institution; or confinement in any vehicle, airplane, 667
or place while being returned from outside of this state into this 668
state by a private person or entity pursuant to a contract entered 669
into under division (E) of section 311.29 of the Revised Code or 670
division (B) of section 5149.03 of the Revised Code. For a person 671
confined in a county jail who participates in a county jail 672
industry program pursuant to section 5147.30 of the Revised Code, 673
"detention" includes time spent at an assigned work site and going 674
to and from the work site.675

       (F) "Detention facility" means any public or private place 676
used for the confinement of a person charged with or convicted of 677
any crime in this state or another state or under the laws of the 678
United States or alleged or found to be a delinquent child or 679
unruly child in this state or another state or under the laws of 680
the United States.681

       (G) "Valuable thing or valuable benefit" includes, but is not 682
limited to, a contribution. This inclusion does not indicate or 683
imply that a contribution was not included in those terms before 684
September 17, 1986.685

       (H) "Campaign committee," "contribution," "political action 686
committee," "legislative campaign fund," "political party," and687
"political contributing entity," and "entity engaging in 688
electioneering" have the same meanings as in section 3517.01 of 689
the Revised Code.690

       (I) "Provider agreement" and "medical assistance program" 691
have the same meanings as in section 2913.40 of the Revised Code.692

       Sec. 2921.43.  (A) No public servant shall knowingly solicit 693
or accept and no person shall knowingly promise or give to a 694
public servant either of the following:695

       (1) Any compensation, other than as allowed by divisions (G), 696
(H), and (I) of section 102.03 of the Revised Code or other697
provisions of law, to perform the public servant's official698
duties, to perform any other act or service in the public 699
servant's public capacity, for the general performance of the 700
duties of the public servant's public office or public employment, 701
or as a supplement to the public servant's public compensation;702

       (2) Additional or greater fees or costs than are allowed by 703
law to perform the public servant's official duties.704

       (B) No public servant for the public servant's own personal705
or business use, and no person for the person's own personal or 706
business use or for the personal or business use of a public 707
servant or party official, shall solicit or accept anything of 708
value in consideration of either of the following:709

       (1) Appointing or securing, maintaining, or renewing the710
appointment of any person to any public office, employment, or711
agency;712

       (2) Preferring, or maintaining the status of, any public713
employee with respect to compensation, duties, placement,714
location, promotion, or other material aspects of employment.715

       (C) No person for the benefit of a political party, campaign 716
committee, legislative campaign fund, political action committee, 717
or political contributing entity, or entity engaging in 718
electioneering shall coerce any contribution in consideration of 719
either of the following:720

       (1) Appointing or securing, maintaining, or renewing the721
appointment of any person to any public office, employment, or722
agency;723

       (2) Preferring, or maintaining the status of, any public724
employee with respect to compensation, duties, placement,725
location, promotion, or other material aspects of employment.726

       (D) Whoever violates this section is guilty of soliciting727
improper compensation, a misdemeanor of the first degree.728

       (E) A public servant who is convicted of a violation of this 729
section is disqualified from holding any public office,730
employment, or position of trust in this state for a period of731
seven years from the date of conviction.732

       (F) Divisions (A), (B), and (C) of this section do not733
prohibit a person from making voluntary contributions to a734
political party, campaign committee, legislative campaign fund,735
political action committee, or political contributing entity, or 736
entity engaging in electioneering or prohibit a political party, 737
campaign committee, legislative campaign fund, political action 738
committee, or political contributing entity, or entity engaging in 739
electioneering from accepting voluntary contributions.740

       Sec. 2923.31.  As used in sections 2923.31 to 2923.36 of the741
Revised Code:742

       (A) "Beneficial interest" means any of the following:743

       (1) The interest of a person as a beneficiary under a trust744
in which the trustee holds title to personal or real property;745

       (2) The interest of a person as a beneficiary under any other 746
trust arrangement under which any other person holds title to 747
personal or real property for the benefit of such person;748

       (3) The interest of a person under any other form of express749
fiduciary arrangement under which any other person holds title to750
personal or real property for the benefit of such person.751

       "Beneficial interest" does not include the interest of a752
stockholder in a corporation or the interest of a partner in753
either a general or limited partnership.754

       (B) "Costs of investigation and prosecution" and "costs of755
investigation and litigation" mean all of the costs incurred by756
the state or a county or municipal corporation under sections757
2923.31 to 2923.36 of the Revised Code in the prosecution and758
investigation of any criminal action or in the litigation and759
investigation of any civil action, and includes, but is not760
limited to, the costs of resources and personnel.761

       (C) "Enterprise" includes any individual, sole762
proprietorship, partnership, limited partnership, corporation,763
trust, union, government agency, or other legal entity, or any764
organization, association, or group of persons associated in fact765
although not a legal entity. "Enterprise" includes illicit as well 766
as licit enterprises.767

       (D) "Innocent person" includes any bona fide purchaser of768
property that is allegedly involved in a violation of section769
2923.32 of the Revised Code, including any person who establishes770
a valid claim to or interest in the property in accordance with771
division (E) of section 2923.32 of the Revised Code, and any772
victim of an alleged violation of that section or of any773
underlying offense involved in an alleged violation of that774
section.775

       (E) "Pattern of corrupt activity" means two or more incidents 776
of corrupt activity, whether or not there has been a prior 777
conviction, that are related to the affairs of the same778
enterprise, are not isolated, and are not so closely related to779
each other and connected in time and place that they constitute a780
single event.781

       At least one of the incidents forming the pattern shall occur782
on or after January 1, 1986. Unless any incident was an aggravated 783
murder or murder, the last of the incidents forming the pattern 784
shall occur within six years after the commission of any prior 785
incident forming the pattern, excluding any period of imprisonment 786
served by any person engaging in the corrupt activity.787

       For the purposes of the criminal penalties that may be788
imposed pursuant to section 2923.32 of the Revised Code, at least789
one of the incidents forming the pattern shall constitute a felony790
under the laws of this state in existence at the time it was791
committed or, if committed in violation of the laws of the United792
States or of any other state, shall constitute a felony under the793
law of the United States or the other state and would be a794
criminal offense under the law of this state if committed in this795
state.796

       (F) "Pecuniary value" means money, a negotiable instrument, a 797
commercial interest, or anything of value, as defined in section798
1.03 of the Revised Code, or any other property or service that799
has a value in excess of one hundred dollars.800

       (G) "Person" means any person, as defined in section 1.59 of801
the Revised Code, and any governmental officer, employee, or802
entity.803

       (H) "Personal property" means any personal property, any804
interest in personal property, or any right, including, but not805
limited to, bank accounts, debts, corporate stocks, patents, or806
copyrights. Personal property and any beneficial interest in807
personal property are deemed to be located where the trustee of808
the property, the personal property, or the instrument evidencing809
the right is located.810

       (I) "Corrupt activity" means engaging in, attempting to811
engage in, conspiring to engage in, or soliciting, coercing, or812
intimidating another person to engage in any of the following:813

       (1) Conduct defined as "racketeering activity" under the814
"Organized Crime Control Act of 1970," 84 Stat. 941, 18 U.S.C.815
1961(1)(B), (1)(C), (1)(D), and (1)(E), as amended;816

       (2) Conduct constituting any of the following:817

       (a) A violation of section 1315.55, 1322.02, 2903.01,818
2903.02, 2903.03, 2903.04, 2903.11, 2903.12, 2905.01, 2905.02,819
2905.11, 2905.22, 2907.321, 2907.322, 2907.323, 2909.02, 2909.03,820
2909.22, 2909.23, 2909.24, 2911.01, 2911.02, 2911.11, 2911.12,821
2911.13, 2911.31, 2913.05, 2913.06, 2921.02, 2921.03, 2921.04,822
2921.11, 2921.12, 2921.32, 2921.41, 2921.42, 2921.43, 2923.12, or823
2923.17; division (F)(1)(a), (b), or (c) of section 1315.53;824
division (A)(1) or (2) of section 1707.042; division (B), (C)(4),825
(D), (E), or (F) of section 1707.44; division (A)(1) or (2) of826
section 2923.20; division (BB)(1) or (2) of section 3517.13;827
division (J)(1) of section 4712.02; section 4719.02, 4719.05, or 828
4719.06; division (C), (D), or (E) of section 4719.07; section 829
4719.08; or division (A) of section 4719.09 of the Revised Code.830

       (b) Any violation of section 3769.11, 3769.15, 3769.16, or831
3769.19 of the Revised Code as it existed prior to July 1, 1996,832
any violation of section 2915.02 of the Revised Code that occurs833
on or after July 1, 1996, and that, had it occurred prior to that834
date, would have been a violation of section 3769.11 of the835
Revised Code as it existed prior to that date, or any violation of836
section 2915.05 of the Revised Code that occurs on or after July837
1, 1996, and that, had it occurred prior to that date, would have838
been a violation of section 3769.15, 3769.16, or 3769.19 of the839
Revised Code as it existed prior to that date.840

       (c) Any violation of section 2907.21, 2907.22, 2907.31,841
2913.02, 2913.11, 2913.21, 2913.31, 2913.32, 2913.34, 2913.42,842
2913.47, 2913.51, 2915.03, 2925.03, 2925.04, 2925.05, or 2925.37843
of the Revised Code, any violation of section 2925.11 of the844
Revised Code that is a felony of the first, second, third, or845
fourth degree and that occurs on or after July 1, 1996, any846
violation of section 2915.02 of the Revised Code that occurred847
prior to July 1, 1996, any violation of section 2915.02 of the848
Revised Code that occurs on or after July 1, 1996, and that, had849
it occurred prior to that date, would not have been a violation of850
section 3769.11 of the Revised Code as it existed prior to that851
date, any violation of section 2915.06 of the Revised Code as it852
existed prior to July 1, 1996, or any violation of division (B) of853
section 2915.05 of the Revised Code as it exists on and after July854
1, 1996, when the proceeds of the violation, the payments made in855
the violation, the amount of a claim for payment or for any other856
benefit that is false or deceptive and that is involved in the857
violation, or the value of the contraband or other property858
illegally possessed, sold, or purchased in the violation exceeds859
five hundred dollars, or any combination of violations described860
in division (I)(2)(c) of this section when the total proceeds of861
the combination of violations, payments made in the combination of862
violations, amount of the claims for payment or for other benefits863
that is false or deceptive and that is involved in the combination864
of violations, or value of the contraband or other property865
illegally possessed, sold, or purchased in the combination of866
violations exceeds five hundred dollars;867

       (d) Any violation of section 5743.112 of the Revised Code868
when the amount of unpaid tax exceeds one hundred dollars;869

       (e) Any violation or combination of violations of section870
2907.32 of the Revised Code involving any material or performance871
containing a display of bestiality or of sexual conduct, as872
defined in section 2907.01 of the Revised Code, that is explicit873
and depicted with clearly visible penetration of the genitals or874
clearly visible penetration by the penis of any orifice when the875
total proceeds of the violation or combination of violations, the876
payments made in the violation or combination of violations, or877
the value of the contraband or other property illegally possessed,878
sold, or purchased in the violation or combination of violations879
exceeds five hundred dollars;880

       (f) Any combination of violations described in division881
(I)(2)(c) of this section and violations of section 2907.32 of the882
Revised Code involving any material or performance containing a883
display of bestiality or of sexual conduct, as defined in section884
2907.01 of the Revised Code, that is explicit and depicted with885
clearly visible penetration of the genitals or clearly visible886
penetration by the penis of any orifice when the total proceeds of887
the combination of violations, payments made in the combination of888
violations, amount of the claims for payment or for other benefits889
that is false or deceptive and that is involved in the combination890
of violations, or value of the contraband or other property891
illegally possessed, sold, or purchased in the combination of892
violations exceeds five hundred dollars.893

       (3) Conduct constituting a violation of any law of any state894
other than this state that is substantially similar to the conduct895
described in division (I)(2) of this section, provided the896
defendant was convicted of the conduct in a criminal proceeding in897
the other state.898

       (J) "Real property" means any real property or any interest899
in real property, including, but not limited to, any lease of, or900
mortgage upon, real property. Real property and any beneficial901
interest in it is deemed to be located where the real property is902
located.903

       (K) "Trustee" means any of the following:904

       (1) Any person acting as trustee under a trust in which the905
trustee holds title to personal or real property;906

       (2) Any person who holds title to personal or real property907
for which any other person has a beneficial interest;908

       (3) Any successor trustee.909

       "Trustee" does not include an assignee or trustee for an910
insolvent debtor or an executor, administrator, administrator with911
the will annexed, testamentary trustee, guardian, or committee,912
appointed by, under the control of, or accountable to a court.913

       (L) "Unlawful debt" means any money or other thing of value914
constituting principal or interest of a debt that is legally915
unenforceable in this state in whole or in part because the debt916
was incurred or contracted in violation of any federal or state917
law relating to the business of gambling activity or relating to918
the business of lending money at an usurious rate unless the919
creditor proves, by a preponderance of the evidence, that the920
usurious rate was not intentionally set and that it resulted from921
a good faith error by the creditor, notwithstanding the922
maintenance of procedures that were adopted by the creditor to923
avoid an error of that nature.924

       Sec. 3501.05.  The secretary of state shall do all of the925
following:926

       (A) Appoint all members of boards of elections;927

       (B) Issue instructions by directives and advisories to928
members of the boards as to the proper methods of conducting929
elections;930

       (C) Prepare rules and instructions for the conduct of931
elections;932

       (D) Publish and furnish to the boards from time to time a933
sufficient number of indexed copies of all election laws then in934
force;935

       (E) Edit and issue all pamphlets concerning proposed laws or936
amendments required by law to be submitted to the voters;937

       (F) Prescribe the form of registration cards, blanks, and938
records;939

       (G) Determine and prescribe the forms of ballots and the940
forms of all blanks, cards of instructions, pollbooks, tally941
sheets, certificates of election, and forms and blanks required by 942
law for use by candidates, committees, and boards;943

       (H) Prepare the ballot title or statement to be placed on the 944
ballot for any proposed law or amendment to the constitution to be 945
submitted to the voters of the state;946

       (I) Certify to the several boards the forms of ballots and947
names of candidates for state offices, and the form and wording of948
state referendum questions and issues, as they shall appear on the949
ballot;950

       (J) Give final approval to ballot language for any local951
question or issue approved and transmitted by boards of elections952
under section 3501.11 of the Revised Code;953

       (K) Receive all initiative and referendum petitions on state954
questions and issues and determine and certify to the sufficiency955
of those petitions;956

       (L) Require such reports from the several boards as are957
provided by law, or as the secretary of state considers necessary;958

       (M) Compel the observance by election officers in the several 959
counties of the requirements of the election laws;960

       (N)(1) Except as otherwise provided in division (N)(2) of961
this section, investigate the administration of election laws,962
frauds, and irregularities in elections in any county, and report963
violations of election laws to the attorney general or prosecuting964
attorney, or both, for prosecution;965

       (2) On and after August 24, 1995, report a failure to comply 966
with or a violation of a provision in sections 3517.08 to 3517.13,967
3517.17, 3517.18, 3517.20 to 3517.22, 3599.03, or 3599.031 of the 968
Revised Code, whenever the secretary of state has or should have 969
knowledge of a failure to comply with or a violation of a 970
provision in one of those sections, by filing a complaint with the 971
Ohio elections commission under section 3517.153 of the Revised 972
Code;973

       (O) Make an annual report to the governor containing the974
results of elections, the cost of elections in the various975
counties, a tabulation of the votes in the several political976
subdivisions, and other information and recommendations relative 977
to elections the secretary of state considers desirable;978

       (P) Prescribe and distribute to boards of elections a list of 979
instructions indicating all legal steps necessary to petition980
successfully for local option elections under sections 4301.32 to981
4301.41, 4303.29, 4305.14, and 4305.15 of the Revised Code;982

       (Q) Prescribe a general program to remove ineligible voters983
from official registration lists by reason of change of residence,984
which shall be uniform, nondiscriminatory, and in compliance with985
the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the National Voter Registration986
Act of 1993, including a program that uses the national change of987
address service provided by the United States postal system988
through its licensees;989

       (R) Prescribe a general program for registering voters or990
updating voter registration information, such as name and991
residence changes, at designated agencies, the offices of deputy992
registrars of motor vehicles, public high schools and vocational993
schools, public libraries, and the offices of county treasurers,994
and prescribe a program of distribution of voter registration995
forms through those agencies, the offices of the registrar and996
deputy registrars of motor vehicles, public high schools and997
vocational schools, public libraries, and the offices of county998
treasurers;999

       (S) To the extent feasible, provide copies, at no cost and1000
upon request, of the voter registration form in post offices in1001
this state;1002

       (T) Adopt rules pursuant to section 111.15 of the Revised1003
Code for the purpose of implementing the program for registering1004
voters at designated agencies and the offices of the registrar and1005
deputy registrars of motor vehicles consistent with this chapter;1006

       (U) Specify, by a directive issued not later than thirty-five1007
days prior to the date of an election, the date by which the1008
boards shall complete the canvass of election returns under1009
section 3505.32 or 3513.22 of the Revised Code;1010

       (V) Establish the full-time position of Americans with 1011
Disabilities Act coordinator within the office of the secretary of 1012
state to do all of the following:1013

       (1) Assist the secretary of state with ensuring that there is 1014
equal access to polling places for persons with disabilities;1015

       (2) Assist the secretary of state with ensuring that each 1016
voter may cast the voter's ballot in a manner that provides the 1017
same opportunity for access and participation, including privacy 1018
and independence, as for other voters;1019

       (3) Advise the secretary of state in the development of 1020
standards for the certification of voting machines, marking 1021
devices, and automatic tabulating equipment.1022

       (W) Make information received from the joint legislative 1023
ethics committee under sections 101.803 and 121.83 of the Revised 1024
Code readily accessible to the general public in a manner that is 1025
searchable on the secretary of state's web site;1026

       (X) Perform other duties required by law.1027

       Whenever a primary election is held under section 3513.32 of1028
the Revised Code or a special election is held under section1029
3521.03 of the Revised Code to fill a vacancy in the office of1030
representative to congress, the secretary of state shall establish1031
a deadline, notwithstanding any other deadline required under the1032
Revised Code, by which any or all of the following shall occur:1033
the filing of a declaration of candidacy and petitions or a1034
statement of candidacy and nominating petition together with the1035
applicable filing fee; the filing of protests against the1036
candidacy of any person filing a declaration of candidacy or1037
nominating petition; the filing of a declaration of intent to be a1038
write-in candidate; the filing of campaign finance reports; the1039
preparation of, and the making of corrections or challenges to,1040
precinct voter registration lists; the receipt of applications for1041
absent voter's ballots or armed service absent voter's ballots;1042
the supplying of election materials to precincts by boards of1043
elections; the holding of hearings by boards of elections to1044
consider challenges to the right of a person to appear on a voter1045
registration list; and the scheduling of programs to instruct or1046
reinstruct election officers.1047

       In the performance of the secretary of state's duties as the 1048
chief election officer, the secretary of state may administer1049
oaths, issue subpoenas, summon witnesses, compel the production of 1050
books, papers, records, and other evidence, and fix the time and 1051
place for hearing any matters relating to the administration and1052
enforcement of the election laws.1053

       In any controversy involving or arising out of the adoption1054
of registration or the appropriation of funds for registration, 1055
the secretary of state may, through the attorney general, bring an1056
action in the name of the state in the court of common pleas of 1057
the county where the cause of action arose or in an adjoining1058
county, to adjudicate the question.1059

       In any action involving the laws in Title XXXV of the Revised1060
Code wherein the interpretation of those laws is in issue in such1061
a manner that the result of the action will affect the lawful1062
duties of the secretary of state or of any board of elections, the1063
secretary of state may, on the secretary of state's motion, be 1064
made a party.1065

       The secretary of state may apply to any court that is hearing1066
a case in which the secretary of state is a party, for a change of1067
venue as a substantive right, and the change of venue shall be1068
allowed, and the case removed to the court of common pleas of an 1069
adjoining county named in the application or, if there are cases 1070
pending in more than one jurisdiction that involve the same or 1071
similar issues, the court of common pleas of Franklin county.1072

       Public high schools and vocational schools, public libraries,1073
and the office of a county treasurer shall implement voter1074
registration programs as directed by the secretary of state1075
pursuant to this section.1076

       Sec. 3513.10.  (A) At the time of filing a declaration of1077
candidacy for nomination for any office, or a declaration of1078
intent to be a write-in candidate, each candidate, except joint1079
candidates for governor and lieutenant governor, shall pay a fee1080
as follows:1081

For statewide office $100 1082
For court of appeals judge $ 50 1083
For court of common pleas judge $ 50 1084
For county court judge $ 50 1085
For municipal court judge $ 50 1086
For district office including member 1087
of the United States house of 1088
representatives and member of the 1089
general assembly $ 50 1090
For county office $ 50 1091
For city office $ 20 1092
For village office $ 10 1093
For township office $ 10 1094
For member of state board of education $ 20 1095
For member of local, city, or 1096
exempted village board of education 1097
or educational service center 1098
governing board $ 10 1099

       At the time of filing a declaration of candidacy or a1100
declaration of intent to be a write-in candidate for the offices1101
of governor and lieutenant governor, the joint candidates shall1102
jointly pay to the secretary of state a fee of one hundred1103
dollars.1104

       (B)(1) At the same time the fee required under division (A)1105
of this section is paid, each candidate shall pay an additional1106
fee as follows:1107

For the joint candidates for governor 1108
and lieutenant governor $ 50 1109
For statewide office $ 50 1110
For district office including member 1111
of the United States house of 1112
representatives and member of the 1113
general assembly $ 35 1114
For member of state board of education $ 35 1115
For court of appeals judge $ 30 1116
For court of common pleas judge $ 30 1117
For county court judge $ 30 1118
For municipal court judge $ 30 1119
For county office $ 30 1120
For city office $ 25 1121
For village office $ 20 1122
For township office $ 20 1123
For member of local, city, county, 1124
or exempted village board of education 1125
or educational service center 1126
governing board $ 20 1127

       (2) Whoever seeks to propose a ballot question or issue to be 1128
submitted to the electors shall pay the following fee at the time 1129
the petition proposing the question or issue is filed:1130

       (a) If the question or issue is to be submitted to the1131
electors throughout the entire state, twenty-five dollars;1132

       (b) If the question or issue is to be submitted to the1133
electors of a county or of a district that consists of all or part1134
of two or more counties but less than the entire state, fifteen1135
dollars;1136

       (c) If the question or issue is to be submitted to the1137
electors of a city, twelve dollars and fifty cents;1138

       (d) If the question or issue is to be submitted to the1139
electors of a village, a township, a local, city, county, or1140
exempted village school district, a precinct, or another district1141
consisting of less than an entire county, ten dollars.1142

       (C) No fee shall be required of candidates filing for the1143
office of delegate or alternate to the national convention of1144
political parties, member of the state central committee, or1145
member of the county central committee.1146

       (D) All fees required under division (A) of this section1147
immediately shall be paid by the officer receiving them into the1148
state treasury to the credit of the general revenue fund, in the1149
case of fees received by the secretary of state, and into the1150
county treasury to the credit of the county general fund, in the1151
case of fees received by a board of elections.1152

       (E) The officer who receives a fee required under division1153
(B) of this section immediately shall pay the fee to the credit of1154
the Ohio elections commission fund, which is hereby created in the1155
state treasury. All moneys credited to the fund shall be used1156
solely for the purpose of paying expenses related to the operation1157
of the Ohio elections commission.1158

       (F)(1) In no case shall a fee paid under this section be1159
returned to a candidate.1160

       (2) Whenever a section of law refers to a filing fee to be1161
paid by a candidate or by a committee proposing a ballot question1162
or issue to be submitted to the electors, that fee includes the1163
fees required under divisions (A) and (B) of this section.1164

       (G) As used in divisions (A) and (B) of this section,1165
"statewide office" means the office of secretary of state, auditor1166
of state, treasurer of state, attorney general, justice and chief1167
justice of the supreme court, and member of the United States1168
senate.1169

       Sec. 3517.01.  (A) A political party within the meaning of1170
Title XXXV of the Revised Code is any group of voters that, at the1171
most recent regular state election, polled for its candidate for1172
governor in the state or nominees for presidential electors at1173
least five per cent of the entire vote cast for that office or1174
that filed with the secretary of state, subsequent to any election1175
in which it received less than five per cent of that vote, a1176
petition signed by qualified electors equal in number to at least1177
one per cent of the total vote for governor or nominees for1178
presidential electors at the most recent election, declaring their1179
intention of organizing a political party, the name of which shall1180
be stated in the declaration, and of participating in the1181
succeeding primary election, held in even-numbered years, that1182
occurs more than one hundred twenty days after the date of filing.1183
No such group of electors shall assume a name or designation that1184
is similar, in the opinion of the secretary of state, to that of1185
an existing political party as to confuse or mislead the voters at1186
an election. If any political party fails to cast five per cent of 1187
the total vote cast at an election for the office of governor or1188
president, it shall cease to be a political party.1189

       (B) Notwithstanding the definitions found in section 3501.011190
of the Revised Code, as used in this section, sections 3517.08 to1191
3517.14, and sectionsections 3517.99 and 3517.992 of the Revised 1192
Code:1193

       (1) "Campaign committee" means a candidate or a combination1194
of two or more persons authorized by a candidate under section1195
3517.081 of the Revised Code to receive contributions and make1196
expenditures.1197

       (2) "Campaign treasurer" means an individual appointed by a1198
candidate under section 3517.081 of the Revised Code.1199

       (3) "Candidate" has the same meaning as in division (H) of1200
section 3501.01 of the Revised Code and also includes any person1201
who, at any time before or after an election, receives1202
contributions or makes expenditures or other use of contributions,1203
has given consent for another to receive contributions or make1204
expenditures or other use of contributions, or appoints a campaign1205
treasurer, for the purpose of bringing about the person's1206
nomination or election to public office. When two persons jointly1207
seek the offices of governor and lieutenant governor, "candidate"1208
means the pair of candidates jointly. "Candidate" does not include 1209
candidates for election to the offices of member of a county or 1210
state central committee, presidential elector, and delegate to a 1211
national convention or conference of a political party.1212

       (4) "Continuing association" means an association, other than 1213
a campaign committee, political party, legislative campaign fund,1214
political contributing entity, or labor organization, that is 1215
intended to be a permanent organization that has a primary purpose 1216
other than supporting or opposing specific candidates, political 1217
parties, or ballot issues, and that functions on a regular basis1218
throughout the year.1219

       (5) "Contribution" means a loan, gift, deposit, forgiveness1220
of indebtedness, donation, advance, payment, transfer of funds or1221
transfer of anything of value, including a transfer of funds from1222
an inter vivos or testamentary trust or decedent's estate, and the1223
payment by any person other than the person to whom the services1224
are rendered for the personal services of another person, which1225
contribution is made, received, or used for the purpose of1226
influencing the results of an election. "Contribution" does not1227
include any of the following:1228

       (a) Services provided without compensation by individuals1229
volunteering a portion or all of their time on behalf of a person;1230

       (b) Ordinary home hospitality;1231

       (c) The personal expenses of a volunteer paid for by that1232
volunteer campaign worker;1233

       (d) Any gift given to a state or county political party1234
pursuant to section 3517.101 of the Revised Code. As used in1235
division (B)(5)(d) of this section, "political party" means only a1236
major political party.1237

       (6) "Expenditure" means theboth of the following:1238

       (a) The disbursement or use of a contribution for the purpose 1239
of influencing the results of an election or of making a 1240
charitable donation under division (G) of section 3517.08 of the 1241
Revised Code;1242

       (b) The disbursement or use of funds for the direct costs or 1243
indirect costs of producing or airing an electioneering 1244
communication.1245

       (7) "Personal expenses" includes, but is not limited to,1246
ordinary expenses for accommodations, clothing, food, personal1247
motor vehicle or airplane, and home telephone.1248

       (8) "Political action committee" means a combination of two1249
or more persons, the primary or incidental purpose of which is to1250
support or oppose any candidate, political party, or issue, or to1251
influence the result of any election, and that is not a political1252
party, a campaign committee, or a political contributing entity, 1253
or a legislative campaign fund.1254

       (9) "Public office" means any state, county, municipal,1255
township, and district office, except an office of a political1256
party, that is filled by an election and the offices of United1257
States senator and congressmanrepresentative.1258

       (10) "Anything of value" has the same meaning as in section1259
1.03 of the Revised Code.1260

       (11) "Beneficiary of a campaign fund" means a candidate, a1261
public official or employee for whose benefit a campaign fund1262
exists, and any other person who has ever been a candidate or1263
public official or employee and for whose benefit a campaign fund1264
exists.1265

       (12) "Campaign fund" means money or other property, including 1266
contributions.1267

       (13) "Public official or employee" has the same meaning as in 1268
section 102.01 of the Revised Code.1269

       (14) "Caucus" means all of the members of the house of1270
representatives or all of the members of the senate of the general1271
assembly who are members of the same political party.1272

       (15) "Legislative campaign fund" means a fund that is1273
established as an auxiliary of a state political party and1274
associated with one of the houses of the general assembly.1275

       (16) "In-kind contribution" means anything of value other1276
than money that is used to influence the results of an election or1277
is transferred to or used in support of or in opposition to a1278
candidate, campaign committee, legislative campaign fund,1279
political party, political action committee, or political1280
contributing entity, or entity engaging in electioneering and that 1281
is made with the consent of, in coordination, cooperation, or 1282
consultation with, or at the request or suggestion of the1283
benefited candidate, committee, fund, party, or entity. The 1284
financing of the dissemination, distribution, or republication, in 1285
whole or part, of any broadcast or of any written, graphic, or 1286
other form of campaign materials prepared by the candidate, the1287
candidate's campaign committee, or their authorized agents is an 1288
in-kind contribution to the candidate and an expenditure by the 1289
candidate.1290

       (17)(15) "Independent expenditure" means an expenditure by a1291
person advocating the election or defeat of an identified1292
candidate or candidates, that is not made with the consent of, in1293
coordination, cooperation, or consultation with, or at the request1294
or suggestion of any candidate or candidates or of the campaign1295
committee or agent of the candidate or candidates. As used in1296
division (B)(17)(15) of this section:1297

       (a) "Person" means an individual, partnership, unincorporated 1298
business organization or association, political action committee, 1299
political contributing entity, entity engaging in electioneering,1300
separate segregated fund, association, or any other organization 1301
or group of persons, but not a labor organization or a corporation 1302
unless the labor organization or corporation is a political 1303
contributing entity.1304

       (b) "Advocating" means any communication containing a message 1305
advocating election or defeat.1306

       (c) "Identified candidate" means that the name of the1307
candidate appears, a photograph or drawing of the candidate1308
appears, or the identity of the candidate is otherwise apparent by1309
unambiguous reference.1310

       (d) "Made in coordination, cooperation, or consultation with, 1311
or at the request or suggestion of, any candidate or the campaign 1312
committee or agent of the candidate" means made pursuant to any 1313
arrangement, coordination, or direction by the candidate, the 1314
candidate's campaign committee, or the candidate's agent prior to 1315
the publication, distribution, display, or broadcast of the1316
communication. An expenditure is presumed to be so made when it is 1317
any of the following:1318

       (i) Based on information about the candidate's plans,1319
projects, or needs provided to the person making the expenditure1320
by the candidate, or by the candidate's campaign committee or1321
agent, with a view toward having an expenditure made;1322

       (ii) Made by or through any person who is, or has been,1323
authorized to raise or expend funds, who is, or has been, an1324
officer of the candidate's campaign committee, or who is, or has1325
been, receiving any form of compensation or reimbursement from the1326
candidate or the candidate's campaign committee or agent;1327

       (iii) Made by a political party in support of a candidate,1328
unless the expenditure is made by a political party to conduct1329
voter registration or voter education efforts.1330

       (e) "Agent" means any person who has actual oral or written1331
authority, either express or implied, to make or to authorize the1332
making of expenditures on behalf of a candidate, or means any1333
person who has been placed in a position with the candidate's1334
campaign committee or organization such that it would reasonably1335
appear that in the ordinary course of campaign-related activities1336
the person may authorize expenditures.1337

       (18)(16) "Labor organization" means a labor union; an 1338
employee organization; a federation of labor unions, groups, 1339
locals, or other employee organizations; an auxiliary of a labor 1340
union, employee organization, or federation of labor unions, 1341
groups, locals, or other employee organizations; or any other bona 1342
fide organization in which employees participate and that exists 1343
for the purpose, in whole or in part, of dealing with employers1344
concerning grievances, labor disputes, wages, hours, and other1345
terms and conditions of employment.1346

       (19)(17) "Separate segregated fund" means a separate 1347
segregated fund established pursuant to the Federal Election 1348
Campaign Act.1349

       (20)(18) "Federal Election Campaign Act" means the "Federal1350
Election Campaign Act of 1971," 86 Stat. 11, 2 U.S.C.A. 431, et1351
seq., as amended.1352

       (21)(19) "Political contributing entity" means any entity,1353
including a corporation or labor organization, that may lawfully1354
make contributions and expenditures and that is not an individual1355
or a political action committee, continuing association, campaign1356
committee, or political party, legislative campaign fund, 1357
designated state campaign committee, or state candidate fund. For 1358
purposes of division (B)(21)(19) of this section, "lawfully" means 1359
not prohibited by any section of the Revised Code, or authorized1360
by a final judgment of a court of competent jurisdiction.1361

       (20) "Electioneering communication" means any broadcast, 1362
cable, or satellite communication that refers to a clearly 1363
identified candidate and that is made within sixty days before the 1364
general or special election for which the candidate seeks election 1365
or within thirty days before the primary election for the office 1366
for which the candidate seeks nomination.1367

       "Electioneering communication" does not include any of the 1368
following:1369

       (a) A communication appearing in a news story, commentary, or 1370
editorial distributed through the facilities of any broadcasting 1371
station, unless those facilities are owned or controlled by any 1372
political party, political committee, or candidate;1373

       (b) A communication that constitutes an expenditure or an 1374
independent expenditure under this section;1375

       (c) A communication that constitutes a candidate debate or 1376
that solely promotes a candidate debate or forum and is made by or 1377
on behalf of the person sponsoring the debate or forum.1378

       (21) "Entity engaging in electioneering" means an individual, 1379
partnership, unincorporated business organization or association, 1380
political action committee, political contributing entity, 1381
separate segregated fund, association, or other organization or 1382
group of persons, but not a labor organization or a corporation 1383
unless the labor organization or corporation is a political 1384
contributing entity that makes disbursements for the direct costs 1385
or indirect costs of producing or airing an electioneering 1386
communication.1387

       (22) "Political fundraiser" means any person engaged in 1388
raising contributions for compensation for a campaign committee, 1389
political party, political action committee, political 1390
contributing entity, or entity engaging in electioneering.1391

       Sec. 3517.03. (A) The controlling committees of each major1392
political party or organization shall be a state central committee1393
consisting of two members, one a man and one a woman, representing1394
either each congressional district in the state or each senatorial1395
district in the state, as the outgoing committee determines; a1396
county central committee consisting of one member from each1397
election precinct in the county, or of one member from each ward1398
in each city and from each township in the county, as the outgoing1399
committee determines; and such district, city, township, or other1400
committees as the rules of the party provide.1401

       All the members of such committees shall be members of the1402
party and shall be elected for terms of either two or four years,1403
as determined by party rules, by direct vote at the primary 1404
election held in an even-numbered year. Except as otherwise 1405
provided in section 3517.02 of the Revised Code, candidates for 1406
election as state central committee members shall be elected at 1407
primariesprimary elections in the same manner as provided in 1408
sections 3513.01 to 3513.32 of the Revised Code for the nomination 1409
of candidates for office in a county. Candidates for election as 1410
members of the county central committee shall be elected at 1411
primariesprimary elections in the same manner as provided in 1412
those sections for the nomination of candidates for county 1413
offices, except as otherwise provided in sections 3513.051 and 1414
3517.02 of the Revised Code.1415

       Each major party controlling committee shall elect an1416
executive committee that shall have the powers granted to it by 1417
the party controlling committee, and provided to it by law. When a 1418
judicial, senatorial, or congressional district is comprised of 1419
more than one county, the chairperson and secretary of the county 1420
central committee from each county in that district shall 1421
constitute the judicial, senatorial, or congressional committee of 1422
the district. When a judicial, senatorial, or congressional 1423
district is included within a county, the county central committee 1424
shall constitute the judicial, senatorial, or congressional 1425
committee of the district.1426

       (B) The controlling committee of each intermediate political1427
party or organization shall be a state central committee1428
consisting of two members, one a man and one a woman, from each1429
congressional district in the state. All members of the committee 1430
shall be members of the party and shall be elected by direct vote 1431
at the primary election held in thean even-numbered yearsyear. 1432
Except as otherwise provided in section 3517.02 of the Revised 1433
Code, candidates for election shall be elected at the primary 1434
election in the same manner as provided in sections 3513.01 to1435
3513.32 of the Revised Code. An intermediate political party may1436
have such other party organization as its rules provide. Each1437
intermediate party shall file the names and, addresses, and 1438
contact information of its officers with the secretary of state.1439

       (C) A minor political party may elect controlling committees 1440
at a primary election in thean even-numbered year by filing a 1441
plan for party organization with the secretary of state on or 1442
before the ninetieth day before the day of the primary election. 1443
The plan shall specify which offices are to be elected and provide 1444
the procedure for qualification of candidates for those offices.1445
Candidates to be elected pursuant to the plan shall be designated 1446
and qualified on or before the ninetieth day before the day of the 1447
election. Such parties may, in lieu of electing a controlling 1448
committee or other officials, choose such committee or other 1449
officials in accordance with party rules. Each such party shall 1450
file the names and, addresses, and contact information of members 1451
of its controlling committee and party officers with the secretary1452
of state.1453

       (D) All records of a political party organized under division 1454
(A), (B), or (C) of this section shall be considered to be public 1455
records and shall be maintained and open to public inspection and 1456
copying under section 149.43 of the Revised Code, except that all 1457
records of such a political party shall be maintained and open to 1458
public inspection and copying for a period of at least ten years 1459
after they are created.1460

       Sec. 3517.06.  A list of the names and, addresses, and 1461
contact information of the members and officers of the county 1462
central committee and the county executive committee of each 1463
political party shall be filed by the secretary of each committee 1464
in the office of the board of elections of the county in which 1465
suchthe committee exists and in the office of the secretary of 1466
state promptly after the organization of each of such committees1467
committee. A list of the names and, addresses, and contact 1468
information of the members of the state central committee and the 1469
state executive committee of each political party shall be filed 1470
by the secretary of each committee in the office of the secretary 1471
of state promptly after the organization of each of such 1472
committeescommittee.1473

       All changes occurring in the membership of a county central1474
or executive committee after suchthat filing shall be reported1475
promptly by the secretary of suchthe committee to the board and 1476
to the secretary of state. All changes occurring in the membership1477
of a state central or executive committee after suchthat filing 1478
shall be reported promptly by the secretary of suchthe committee 1479
to the secretary of state. All such lists shall be open to public1480
inspection at all times when the offices in which they are filed1481
are open for business.1482

       Sec. 3517.08.  (A) The personal expenses of a candidate paid 1483
for by the candidate, from the candidate's personal funds, shall 1484
not be considered as a contribution by or an expenditure by the1485
candidate and shall not be reported under section 3517.10 of the 1486
Revised Code.1487

       (B)(1) An expenditure by a political action committee or a 1488
political contributing entity shall not be considered a1489
contribution by the political action committee or the political 1490
contributing entity or an expenditure by or on behalf of the 1491
candidate if the purpose of the expenditure is to inform only its 1492
members by means of mailed publications of its activities or1493
endorsements.1494

       (2) An expenditure by a political party shall not be 1495
considered a contribution by the political party or an expenditure 1496
by or on behalf of the candidate if the purpose of the expenditure 1497
is to inform predominantly the party's members by means of mailed1498
publications or other direct communication of its activities or1499
endorsements, or for voter contact such as sample ballots, absent 1500
voter's ballots application mailings, voter registration, or 1501
get-out-the-vote activities.1502

       (C) An expenditure by a continuing association,or political1503
contributing entity, or political party shall not be considered a 1504
contribution to any campaign committee or an expenditure by or on 1505
behalf of any campaign committee if the purpose of the expenditure 1506
is for the staff and maintenance of the continuing association's,1507
or political contributing entity's, or political party's1508
headquarters, or for a political poll, survey, index, or other 1509
type of measurement not on behalf of a specific candidate.1510

       (D) The expenses of maintaining a constituent office paid1511
for, from the candidate's personal funds, by a candidate who is a 1512
member of the general assembly at the time of the election shall 1513
not be considered a contribution by or an expenditure by or on 1514
behalf of the candidate, and shall not be reported, if the 1515
constituent office is not used for any candidate's campaign 1516
activities.1517

       (E) The net contribution of each social or fund-raising 1518
activity shall be calculated by totaling all contributions to the 1519
activity minus the expenditures made for the activity.1520

       (F) An expenditure that purchases goods or services shall be 1521
attributed to an election when the disbursement of funds is made, 1522
rather than at the time the goods or services are used. The 1523
secretary of state, under the procedures of Chapter 119. of the 1524
Revised Code, shall establish rules for the attribution of1525
expenditures to a candidate when the candidate is a candidate for 1526
more than one office during a reporting period and for 1527
expenditures made in a year in which no election is held. The 1528
secretary of state shall further define by rule those expenditures 1529
that are or are not by or on behalf of a candidate.1530

       (G) An expenditure for the purpose of a charitable donation 1531
may be made if it is made to an organization that is exempt from 1532
federal income taxation under subsection 501(a) and described in 1533
subsection 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), 501(c)(8), 501(c)(10), or 1534
501(c)(19) of the Internal Revenue Code or is approved by advisory 1535
opinion of the Ohio elections commission as a legitimate 1536
charitable organization. Each expenditure under this division 1537
shall be separately itemized on statements made pursuant to1538
section 3517.10 of the Revised Code and on reports made under 1539
section 3517.1011 of the Revised Code.1540

       Sec. 3517.082.  (A) Any corporation, any nonprofit 1541
corporation, or any labor organization may establish, administer, 1542
and solicit contributions from the persons listed in division (B) 1543
of this section, to either or both of the following:1544

       (1) A political action committee of the corporation or labor1545
organization with respect to state and local elections;1546

       (2) A separate segregated fund pursuant to the Federal1547
Election Campaign Act.1548

       (B)(1) A corporation and a nonprofit corporation may solicit 1549
contributions from its stockholders, officers, directors, trustees 1550
that are not corporations or labor organizations, and employees.1551

       (2) A nonprofit corporation also may solicit contributions1552
from:1553

       (a) Its members that are not corporations or labor 1554
organizations;1555

       (b) Officers, directors, trustees that are not corporations 1556
or labor organizations, and employees of any members of the 1557
nonprofit corporation.1558

       (3) A labor organization may solicit contributions from its1559
members, officers, and employees.1560

       (C) A corporation, nonprofit corporation, or labor 1561
organization shall report to a political action committee, or to a 1562
separate segregated fund with respect to state and local 1563
elections, the following costs expended by the corporation, 1564
nonprofit corporation, or labor organization that are associated 1565
with establishing, administering, and soliciting contributions to 1566
the political action committee or separate segregated fund 1567
pursuant to division (A) of this section:1568

       (1) Mailing and printing expenses for direct solicitation of 1569
contributions pursuant to division (D) of this section;1570

       (2) The portion of an employee's salary or wages attributable 1571
to time hethe employee spends in activities related to 1572
establishing, administering, and soliciting contributions to a1573
political action committee or separate segregated fund, if that 1574
time exceeds during a reporting period fifty per cent of the time1575
for which the employee is compensated by the corporation, 1576
nonprofit corporation, or labor organization;1577

       (3) The cost associated with the purchase, lease, operation, 1578
and use of equipment for activities related to establishing, 1579
administering, and soliciting contributions to a political action 1580
committee or separate segregated fund if during a reporting period 1581
more than fifty per cent of the use of the equipment is for those 1582
activities;1583

       (4) Professional fees paid by the corporation, nonprofit 1584
corporation, or labor organization for establishing, 1585
administering, and soliciting contributions to a political action 1586
committee or separate segregated fund.1587

       The political action committee shall itemize the amounts and 1588
purposes of those costs expended by the corporation, nonprofit 1589
corporation, or labor organization and file them as part of the 1590
statement required of political action committees under division 1591
(A) of section 3517.10 of the Revised Code on a form prescribed by 1592
the secretary of state. The separate segregated fund with respect 1593
to state and local elections shall file with the secretary of 1594
state a copy of the portion of each report and statement required 1595
under the Federal Election Campaign Act that applies to state and 1596
local elections at the same time that the entire original report 1597
is filed in accordance with that act.1598

       (D) Solicitations of contributions pursuant to division (B) 1599
of this section from employees of a corporation or nonprofit 1600
corporation or members and employees of a labor organization other 1601
than executive and administrative employees of a corporation or 1602
nonprofit corporation or officers and executive and administrative 1603
employees of a labor organization shall be in writing and shall 1604
not be made more than four times during each calendar year. Any 1605
person who solicits any employee of a corporation or nonprofit 1606
corporation or member or employee of a labor organization for a1607
contribution to a political action committee established or 1608
administered by the corporation, nonprofit corporation, or labor 1609
organization under division (A)(1) of this section shall inform 1610
the employee or member at the time of the solicitation that hethe 1611
employee or member may refuse to make a contribution without 1612
suffering any reprisal.1613

       (E) In addition to the laws listed in division (A) of section 1614
4117.10 of the Revised Code that prevail over conflicting1615
agreements between employee organizations and public employers,1616
this section prevails over any conflicting provisions of 1617
agreements between labor organizations and public employers 1618
pursuant to Chapter 4117. of the Revised Code.1619

       Sec. 3517.09.  (A) No person or committee shall solicit, ask,1620
invite, or demand, directly or indirectly, orally or in writing, a 1621
contribution, subscription, or payment from a candidate for1622
nomination or election or from the campaign committee of that1623
candidate, and no person shall solicit, ask, invite, or demand 1624
that a candidate for nomination or election or the campaign1625
committee of that candidate subscribe to the support of a club or 1626
organization, buy tickets to an entertainment, ball, supper, or 1627
other meeting, or pay for space in a book, program, or 1628
publication. This division does not apply to any of the following:1629

       (1) Regular advertisements in periodicals having an 1630
established circulation;1631

       (2) Regular payments to civic, political, fraternal, social, 1632
charitable, or religious organizations of which the candidate was 1633
a member or contributor six months before the candidate's 1634
candidacy;1635

       (3) Regular party assessments made by a party against its own1636
candidates.1637

       (B) No person shall coerce, intimidate, or cause harm to 1638
another person by an act or failure to act, or shall threaten to 1639
coerce, intimidate, or cause harm to another person, because that 1640
other person makes or does not make a contribution to a candidate, 1641
campaign committee, political party, legislative campaign fund,1642
political action committee, or political contributing entity, or 1643
entity engaging in electioneering.1644

       (C) An employer or labor organization that, directly or 1645
through another person, solicits an employee of the employer or a 1646
member of the labor organization for a contribution to a1647
candidate, campaign committee, political action committee, 1648
legislative campaign fund, political party, or political 1649
contributing entity, or entity engaging in electioneering shall 1650
inform the employee or member at the time of the solicitation that 1651
making a contribution is voluntary and that a decision of the 1652
employee or member to make a contribution or not to make a 1653
contribution will not benefit the employee or member or place the 1654
employee or member at a disadvantage with respect to employment by 1655
the employer or membership in the labor organization.1656

       Sec. 3517.092.  (A) As used in this section:1657

       (1) "Appointing authority" has the same meaning as in section 1658
124.01 of the Revised Code.1659

       (2) "State elected officer" means any person appointed or 1660
elected to a state elective office.1661

       (3) "State elective office" means any of the offices of 1662
governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, auditor of 1663
state, treasurer of state, attorney general, member of the state1664
board of education, member of the general assembly, and justice 1665
and chief justice of the supreme court.1666

       (4) "County elected officer" means any person appointed or 1667
elected to a county elective office.1668

       (5) "County elective office" means any of the offices of 1669
county auditor, county treasurer, clerk of the court of common 1670
pleas, sheriff, county recorder, county engineer, county 1671
commissioner, prosecuting attorney, and coroner.1672

       (6) "Contribution" includes a contribution to any political 1673
party, campaign committee, political action committee, political 1674
contributing entity, or legislative campaign fundentity engaging 1675
in electioneering.1676

       (B) No state elected officer, no campaign committee of such 1677
an officer, and no other person or entity shall knowingly solicit 1678
or accept a contribution on behalf of that officer or that 1679
officer's campaign committee from any of the following:1680

       (1) A state employee whose appointing authority is the state 1681
elected officer;1682

       (2) A state employee whose appointing authority is authorized 1683
or required by law to be appointed by the state elected officer;1684

       (3) A state employee who functions in or is employed in or by 1685
the same public agency, department, division, or office as the 1686
state elected officer.1687

       (C) No candidate for a state elective office, no campaign1688
committee of such a candidate, and no other person or entity shall 1689
knowingly solicit or accept a contribution on behalf of that 1690
candidate or that candidate's campaign committee from any of the 1691
following:1692

       (1) A state employee at the time of the solicitation, whose 1693
appointing authority will be the candidate, if elected;1694

       (2) A state employee at the time of the solicitation, whose 1695
appointing authority will be appointed by the candidate, if1696
elected, as authorized or required by law;1697

       (3) A state employee at the time of the solicitation, who 1698
will function in or be employed in or by the same public agency, 1699
department, division, or office as the candidate, if elected.1700

       (D) No county elected officer, no campaign committee of such 1701
an officer, and no other person or entity shall knowingly solicit 1702
a contribution on behalf of that officer or that officer's 1703
campaign committee from any of the following:1704

       (1) A county employee whose appointing authority is the1705
county elected officer;1706

       (2) A county employee whose appointing authority is1707
authorized or required by law to be appointed by the county1708
elected officer;1709

       (3) A county employee who functions in or is employed in or 1710
by the same public agency, department, division, or office as the 1711
county elected officer.1712

       (E) No candidate for a county elective office, no campaign 1713
committee of such a candidate, and no other person or entity shall 1714
knowingly solicit a contribution on behalf of that candidate or 1715
that candidate's campaign committee from any of the following:1716

       (1) A county employee at the time of the solicitation, whose 1717
appointing authority will be the candidate, if elected;1718

       (2) A county employee at the time of the solicitation, whose 1719
appointing authority will be appointed by the candidate, if1720
elected, as authorized or required by law;1721

       (3) A county employee at the time of the solicitation, who 1722
will function in or be employed in or by the same public agency, 1723
department, division, or office as the candidate, if elected.1724

       (F)(1) No public employee shall solicit a contribution from 1725
any person while the public employee is performing the public 1726
employee's official duties or in those areas of a public building 1727
where official business is transacted or conducted.1728

       (2) No person shall solicit a contribution from any public 1729
employee while the public employee is performing the public 1730
employee's official duties or is in those areas of a public 1731
building where official business is transacted or conducted.1732

       (3) As used in division (F) of this section, "public 1733
employee" does not include any person holding an elective office.1734

       (G) The prohibitions in divisions (B), (C), (D), (E), and (F) 1735
of this section are in addition to the prohibitions in sections 1736
124.57, 3304.22, and 4503.032 of the Revised Code.1737

       Sec. 3517.10.  (A) Except as otherwise provided in this1738
division, every campaign committee, political action committee,1739
legislative campaign fund, political party, and political1740
contributing entity, and entity engaging in electioneering that 1741
made or received a contribution or made an expenditure in 1742
connection with the nomination or, election, or defeat of any 1743
candidate or in connection with any ballot issue or question at 1744
any election held or to be held in this state shall file, on a1745
form prescribed under this section,or by electronic means of1746
transmission as provided in this section and section 3517.106 of1747
the Revised Code, or, until March 1, 2004, on computer disk as1748
provided in section 3517.106 of the Revised Code, a full, true,1749
and itemized statement, made under penalty of election1750
falsification, setting forth in detail the contributions and1751
expenditures, no later than four p.m. of the following dates:1752

       (1) The twelfth day before the election to reflect1753
contributions received and expenditures made from the close of1754
business on the last day reflected in the last previously filed1755
statement, if any, to the close of business on the twentieth day1756
before the election;1757

       (2) The thirty-eighth day after the election to reflect the1758
contributions received and expenditures made from the close of1759
business on the last day reflected in the last previously filed1760
statement, if any, to the close of business on the seventh day1761
before the filing of the statement;1762

       (3) The last business day of January of every year to reflect 1763
the contributions received and expenditures made from the close of 1764
business on the last day reflected in the last previously filed 1765
statement, if any, to the close of business on the last day of 1766
December of the previous year.1767

       A campaign committee shall only be required to file the1768
statements prescribed under divisions (A)(1) and (2) of this1769
section in connection with the nomination or election of the1770
committee's candidate.1771

       The statement required under division (A)(1) of this section1772
shall not be required of any campaign committee, political action1773
committee, legislative campaign fund, political party, or1774
political contributing entity, or entity engaging in 1775
electioneering that has received contributions of less than one 1776
thousand dollars and has made expenditures of less than one 1777
thousand dollars at the close of business on the twentieth day 1778
before the election. Those contributions and expenditures shall be 1779
reported in the statement required under division (A)(2) of this 1780
section.1781

       If an election to select candidates to appear on the general1782
election ballot is held within sixty days before a general1783
election, the campaign committee of a successful candidate in the1784
earlier election may file the statement required by division1785
(A)(1) of this section for the general election instead of the1786
statement required by division (A)(2) of this section for the1787
earlier election if the pregeneral election statement reflects the1788
status of contributions and expenditures for the period twenty1789
days before the earlier election to twenty days before the general1790
election.1791

       If a person becomes a candidate less than twenty days before1792
an election, the candidate's campaign committee is not required to1793
file the statement required by division (A)(1) of this section.1794

       No statement under division (A)(3) of this section shall be1795
required for any year in which a campaign committee, political1796
action committee, legislative campaign fund, political party, or1797
political contributing entity, or entity engaging in 1798
electioneering is required to file a postgeneral election 1799
statement under division (A)(2) of this section. However, such a 1800
statement may be filed, at the option of the campaign committee, 1801
political action committee, legislative campaign fund, political 1802
party, or political contributing entity, or entity engaging in 1803
electioneering.1804

       No statement under division (A)(3) of this section shall be1805
required if the campaign committee, political action committee,1806
legislative campaign fund, political party, or political1807
contributing entity, or entity engaging in electioneering has no1808
contributions that it has received and no expenditures that it has 1809
made since the last date reflected in its last previously filed 1810
statement. However, the campaign committee, political action 1811
committee, legislative campaign fund, political party, or1812
political contributing entity, or entity engaging in 1813
electioneering shall file a statement to that effect, on a form 1814
prescribed under this section and made under penalty of election 1815
falsification, on the date required in division (A)(3) of this 1816
section.1817

       The campaign committee of a statewide candidate shall file a1818
monthly statement of contributions received during each of the1819
months of July, August, and September in the year of the general1820
election in which the candidate seeks office. The campaign1821
committee of a statewide candidate shall file the monthly1822
statement not later than three business days after the last day of1823
the month covered by the statement. During the period beginning on 1824
the nineteenth day before the general election in which a1825
statewide candidate seeks election to office and extending through1826
the day of that general election, each time the campaign committee1827
of the joint candidates for the offices of governor and lieutenant1828
governor or of a candidate for the office of secretary of state,1829
auditor of state, treasurer of state, or attorney general receives1830
a contribution from a contributor that causes the aggregate amount1831
of contributions received from that contributor during that period1832
to equal or exceed two thousand five hundred dollars and each time1833
the campaign committee of a candidate for the office of chief1834
justice or justice of the supreme court receives a contribution1835
from a contributor that causes the aggregate amount of1836
contributions received from that contributor during that period to1837
exceed five hundred dollars, the campaign committee shall file a1838
two-business-day statement reflecting that contribution. During1839
the period beginning on the nineteenth day before a primary1840
election in which a candidate for statewide office seeks1841
nomination to office and extending through the day of that primary1842
election, each time either the campaign committee of a statewide1843
candidate in that primary election that files a notice under1844
division (C)(1) of section 3517.103 of the Revised Code or the1845
campaign committee of a statewide candidate in that primary1846
election to which, in accordance with division (D) of section1847
3517.103 of the Revised Code, the contribution limitations1848
prescribed in section 3517.102 of the Revised Code no longer apply1849
receives a contribution from a contributor that causes the1850
aggregate amount of contributions received from that contributor1851
during that period to exceed two thousand five hundred dollars,1852
the campaign committee shall file a two-business-day statement1853
reflecting that contribution. Contributions reported on a1854
two-business-day statement required to be filed by a campaign1855
committee of a statewide candidate in a primary election shall1856
also be included in the postprimary election statement required to1857
be filed by that campaign committee under division (A)(2) of this1858
section. A two-business-day statement required by this paragraph1859
shall be filed not later than two business days after receipt of1860
the contribution. The statements required by this paragraph shall1861
be filed in addition to any other statements required by this1862
section.1863

       Subject to the secretary of state having implemented, tested, 1864
and verified the successful operation of any system the secretary 1865
of state prescribes pursuant to divisions (C)(6)(b) and (D)(6) of 1866
this section and division (H)(1) of section 3517.106 of the 1867
Revised Code for the filing of campaign finance statements by 1868
electronic means of transmission, a campaign committee of a 1869
statewide candidate shall file a two-business-day statement under 1870
the preceding paragraph by electronic means of transmission if the1871
campaign committee is required to file a preelectionpre-election,1872
postelection, or monthly statement of contributions and1873
expenditures by electronic means of transmission under this1874
section or section 3517.106 of the Revised Code.1875

       If a campaign committee or political action committee has no1876
balance on hand and no outstanding obligations and desires to1877
terminate itself, it shall file a statement to that effect, on a1878
form prescribed under this section and made under penalty of1879
election falsification, with the official with whom it files a1880
statement under division (A) of this section after filing a final1881
statement of contributions and a final statement of expenditures,1882
if contributions have been received or expenditures made since the1883
period reflected in its last previously filed statement.1884

       (B) Except as otherwise provided in division (C)(7) of this1885
section, each statement required by division (A) of this section1886
shall contain the following information:1887

       (1) The full name and address of each campaign committee,1888
political action committee, legislative campaign fund, political1889
party, or political contributing entity, or entity engaging in 1890
electioneering, including any treasurer of the committee, fund,1891
party, or entity, filing a contribution and expenditure statement;1892

       (2)(a) In the case of a campaign committee, the candidate's1893
full name and address;1894

       (b) In the case of a political action committee, the1895
registration number assigned to the committee under division1896
(D)(1) of this section and the name of the candidate or public 1897
official associated with it, if any.1898

       (3) The date of the election and whether it was or will be a1899
general, primary, or special election;1900

       (4) A statement of contributions received, which shall1901
include the following information:1902

       (a) The month, day, and year of the contribution;1903

       (b)(i) The full name and address of each person, political1904
party, campaign committee, legislative campaign fund, political1905
action committee, or political contributing entity, or entity 1906
engaging in electioneering from whom contributions are received 1907
and the registration number assigned to the political action 1908
committee under division (D)(1) of this section. The requirement 1909
of filing the full address does not apply to any statement filed 1910
by a state or local committee of a political party, to a finance 1911
committee of such committee, or to a committee recognized by a 1912
state or local committee as its fund-raising auxiliary. 1913
Notwithstanding division (F)(1) of this section, the requirement 1914
of filing the full address shall be considered as being met if the 1915
address filed is the same address the contributor provided under 1916
division (E)(1) of this section.1917

       (ii) If a campaign committee of a statewide candidate or1918
candidate for the office of member of the general assembly1919
receives a contribution is received from an individual that 1920
exceeds one hundred dollars, the name of the individual's current 1921
employer, if any, or, if the individual is self-employed, the1922
individual's occupation and the name of the individual's business, 1923
if any;1924

       (iii) If a campaign committee of a statewide candidate or1925
candidate for the office of member of the general assembly1926
receives a contribution transmitted pursuant to section 3599.0311927
of the Revised Code from amounts deducted from the wages and1928
salaries of two or more employees that exceeds in the aggregate1929
one hundred dollars during any one filing period under division1930
(A)(1), (2), or (3) of this section, the full name of the1931
employees' employer and the full name of the labor organization of1932
which the employees are members, if any.1933

       (c) A description of the contribution received, if other than 1934
money;1935

       (d) The value in dollars and cents of the contribution;1936

       (e) A separately itemized account of all contributions and1937
expenditures regardless of the amount, except a receipt of a1938
contribution from a person in the sum of twenty-five dollars or1939
less at one social or fund-raising activity and a receipt of a1940
contribution transmitted pursuant to section 3599.031 of the1941
Revised Code from amounts deducted from the wages and salaries of1942
employees if the contribution from the amount deducted from the1943
wages and salary of any one employee is twenty-five dollars or1944
less aggregated in a calendar year. An account of the total1945
contributions from each social or fund-raising activity shall1946
include a description of and the value of each in-kind1947
contribution received at that activity from any person who made1948
one or more such contributions whose aggregate value exceeded two1949
hundred fifty dollars and shall be listed separately, together1950
with the expenses incurred and paid in connection with that1951
activity. A campaign committee, political action committee,1952
legislative campaign fund, political party, or political1953
contributing entity, or entity engaging in electioneering shall 1954
keep records of contributions from each person in the amount of1955
twenty-five dollars or less at one social or fund-raising activity 1956
and contributions from amounts deducted under section 3599.031 of 1957
the Revised Code from the wages and salary of each employee in the 1958
amount of twenty-five dollars or less aggregated in a calendar 1959
year. No continuing association that is recognized by a state or 1960
local committee of a political party as an auxiliary of the party 1961
and that makes a contribution from funds derived solely from 1962
regular dues paid by members of the auxiliary shall be required to 1963
list the name or address of any members who paid those dues.1964

       Contributions that are other income shall be itemized1965
separately from all other contributions. The information required1966
under division (B)(4) of this section shall be provided for all1967
other income itemized. As used in this paragraph, "other income"1968
means a loan, investment income, or interest income.1969

       (f) In the case of a campaign committee of a state elected1970
officer, if a person doing business with the state elected officer1971
in the officer's official capacity makes a contribution to the1972
campaign committee of that officer, the information required under1973
division (B)(4) of this section in regard to that contribution,1974
which shall be filed together with and considered a part of the1975
committee's statement of contributions as required under division1976
(A) of this section but shall be filed on a separate form provided1977
by the secretary of state. As used in division (B)(4)(f) of this1978
section:1979

       (i) "State elected officer" has the same meaning as in1980
section 3517.092 of the Revised Code.1981

       (ii) "Person doing business" means a person or an officer of1982
an entity who enters into one or more contracts with a state1983
elected officer or anyone authorized to enter into contracts on1984
behalf of that officer to receive payments for goods or services,1985
if the payments total, in the aggregate, more than five thousand1986
dollars during a calendar year.1987

       (g) In the case of a contribution received through the 1988
efforts of a political fundraiser, the fact that the contribution 1989
was received through those efforts and the name, occupation, and 1990
employer of that political fundraiser.1991

       (5) A statement of expenditures which shall include the1992
following information:1993

       (a) The month, day, and year of the expenditure;1994

       (b) The full name and address of each person, political1995
party, campaign committee, legislative campaign fund, political1996
action committee, or political contributing entity, or entity 1997
engaging in electioneering to whom the expenditure was made and 1998
the registration number assigned to the political action committee 1999
under division (D)(1) of this section;2000

       (c) The object or purpose for which the expenditure was made;2001

       (d) The amount of each expenditure.2002

       (C)(1) The statement of contributions and expenditures shall2003
be signed by the person completing the form. If a statement of2004
contributions and expenditures is filed by electronic means of2005
transmission pursuant to this section or section 3517.106 of the2006
Revised Code, the electronic signature of the person who executes2007
the statement and transmits the statement by electronic means of2008
transmission, as provided in division (H) of section 3517.106 of2009
the Revised Code, shall be attached to or associated with the2010
statement and shall be binding on all persons and for all purposes2011
under the campaign finance reporting law as if the signature had2012
been handwritten in ink on a printed form.2013

       (2) The person filing the statement, under penalty of2014
election falsification, shall include with it a list of each2015
anonymous contribution, the circumstances under which it was2016
received, and the reason it cannot be attributed to a specific2017
donor.2018

       (3) Each statement of a campaign committee of a candidate who2019
holds public office shall contain a designation of each2020
contributor who is an employee in any unit or department under the2021
candidate's direct supervision and control. In a space provided in 2022
the statement, the person filing the statement shall affirm that 2023
each such contribution was voluntarily made.2024

       (4) A campaign committee that did not receive contributions2025
or make expenditures in connection with the nomination or election2026
of its candidate shall file a statement to that effect, on a form2027
prescribed under this section and made under penalty of election2028
falsification, on the date required in division (A)(2) of this2029
section.2030

       (5) The campaign committee of any person who attempts to2031
become a candidate and who, for any reason, does not become2032
certified in accordance with Title XXXV of the Revised Code for2033
placement on the official ballot of a primary, general, or special2034
election to be held in this state, and who, at any time prior to2035
or after an election, receives contributions or makes2036
expenditures, or has given consent for another to receive2037
contributions or make expenditures, for the purpose of bringing2038
about the person's nomination or election to public office, shall2039
file the statement or statements prescribed by this section and a2040
termination statement, if applicable. This paragraph does not2041
apply to any person with respect to an election to the offices of2042
member of a county or state central committee, presidential2043
elector, or delegate to a national convention or conference of a2044
political party.2045

       (6)(a) The statements required to be filed under this section2046
shall specify the balance in the hands of the campaign committee, 2047
political action committee, legislative campaign fund, political2048
party, or political contributing entity, or entity engaging in 2049
electioneering and the disposition intended to be made of that 2050
balance.2051

       (b) The secretary of state shall prescribe the form for all2052
statements required to be filed under this section and shall2053
furnish the forms to the boards of elections in the several2054
counties. The boards of elections shall supply printed copies of2055
those forms without charge. The secretary of state shall prescribe 2056
the appropriate methodology, protocol, and data file structure for2057
statements required or permitted to be filed by electronic means 2058
of transmission under division (A) of this section and divisions 2059
(E), (F), and (G) of section 3517.106 of the Revised Code and for 2060
statements permittedcontribution and expenditure information 2061
required to be filedreported on computer diska campaign finance 2062
web site under division (F)(C) of section 3517.1063517.1011 of 2063
the Revised Code. Subject to division (A) of this section and 2064
divisions (E), (F), and (G) of section 3517.106 of the Revised2065
Code, the statements required to be stored on computer by the 2066
secretary of state under division (B) of section 3517.106 of the 2067
Revised Code shall be filed in whatever format the secretary of 2068
state considers necessary to enable the secretary of state to 2069
store the information contained in the statements on computer. Any 2070
such format shall be of a type and nature that is readily 2071
available to whoever is required to file the statements in that 2072
format.2073

       (c) The secretary of state shall assess the need for training2074
regarding the filing of campaign finance statements by electronic 2075
means of transmission, the reporting of contribution and 2076
expenditure information on a campaign finance web site, and 2077
regarding associated technologies for candidates, campaign 2078
committees, political action committees, legislative campaign 2079
funds, political parties, political contributing entities, 2080
entities engaging in electioneering, or individuals, partnerships, 2081
or other entities required or permitted to file statements by2082
electronic means of transmission under this section or section2083
3517.105 or 3517.106 of the Revised Code or required to report 2084
contribution and expenditure information on a campaign finance web 2085
site under division (C) of section 3517.1011 of the Revised Code. 2086
If, in the opinion of the secretary of state, training in these 2087
areas is necessary, the secretary of state shall arrange for the 2088
provision of voluntary training programs for candidates, campaign2089
committees, political action committees, legislative campaign 2090
funds, political parties, political contributing entities, 2091
entities engaging in electioneering, and individuals, 2092
partnerships, and other entities.2093

       (7) Each monthly statement and each two-business-day2094
statement required by division (A) of this section shall contain2095
the information required by divisions (B)(1) to (4), (C)(2), and,2096
if appropriate, (C)(3) of this section. Each statement shall be2097
signed as required by division (C)(1) of this section.2098

       (D)(1) Prior to receiving a contribution or making an2099
expenditure, every campaign committee, political action committee,2100
legislative campaign fund, political party, or political2101
contributing entity, or entity engaging in electioneering shall 2102
appoint a treasurer and shall file, on a form prescribed by the 2103
secretary of state, a designation of that appointment, including 2104
the full name and address of the treasurer and of the campaign 2105
committee, political action committee, legislative campaign fund,2106
political party, or political contributing entity, or entity 2107
engaging in electioneering. That designation shall be filed with2108
the official with whom the campaign committee, political action2109
committee, legislative campaign fund, political party, or2110
political contributing entity, or entity engaging in 2111
electioneering is required to file statements under section 2112
3517.11 of the Revised Code. The name of a campaign committee 2113
shall include at least the last name of the campaign committee's 2114
candidate. The secretary of state shall assign a registration 2115
number to each political action committee that files a designation 2116
of the appointment of a treasurer under division (D)(1) of this 2117
section if the political action committee is required by division 2118
(A)(1) of section 3517.11 of the Revised Code to file the2119
statements prescribed by this section with the secretary of state.2120

       (2) The treasurer appointed under division (D)(1) of this2121
section shall keep a strict account of all contributions, from2122
whom received and the purpose for which they were disbursed.2123

       (3)(a) Except as otherwise provided in section 3517.108 of2124
the Revised Code, a campaign committee shall deposit all monetary2125
contributions received by the committee into an account separate2126
from a personal or business account of the candidate or campaign2127
committee.2128

       (b) A political action committee shall deposit all monetary2129
contributions received by the committee into an account separate2130
from all other funds.2131

       (c) A state or county political party mayshall establish a 2132
state candidate fund that is separate from an account that2133
contains the public moneys received from the Ohio political party 2134
fund under section 3517.17 of the Revised Code and from all other 2135
fundsan account that contains any gifts given to the political 2136
party pursuant to section 3517.101 of the Revised Code. A state or 2137
county political party mayshall deposit into its state candidate2138
this fund any amounts of monetary contributions that are made to 2139
or accepted by the political party subject to the applicable2140
limitations, if any, prescribed in section 3517.102 of the Revised2141
Code. A state or county political party shall deposit, and all 2142
other monetary contributionsmoneys received by the party into one 2143
or more accounts that are separate from its state candidate fund 2144
and from its account that containsother than the public moneys 2145
received from the Ohio political party fund under section 3517.17 2146
of the Revised Code and gifts received pursuant to section 2147
3517.101 of the Revised Code. All amounts deposited into this fund 2148
shall be considered to be contributions for the purpose of this 2149
chapter, and all amounts expended from this fund shall be 2150
considered to be expenditures for the purpose of this chapter.2151

       (d) Each state political party shall have only one2152
legislative campaign fund for each house of the general assembly.2153
Each such fund shall be separate from any other funds or accounts2154
of that state party. A legislative campaign fund is authorized to2155
receive contributions and make expenditures for the primary2156
purpose of furthering the election of candidates who are members2157
of that political party to the house of the general assembly with2158
which that legislative campaign fund is associated. Each2159
legislative campaign fund shall be administered and controlled in2160
a manner designated by the caucus. As used in division (D)(3)(d)2161
of this section, "caucus" has the same meaning as in section2162
3517.01 of the Revised Code and includes, as an ex officio member,2163
the chairperson of the state political party with which the caucus2164
is associated or that chairperson's designee.2165

       (4) Every expenditure in excess of twenty-five dollars shall2166
be vouched for by a receipted bill, stating the purpose of the2167
expendituresexpenditure, that shall be filed with the statement 2168
of expenditures. A canceled check with a notation of the purpose 2169
of the expenditure is a receipted bill for purposes of division2170
(D)(4) of this section.2171

       (5) The secretary of state or the board of elections, as the2172
case may be, shall issue a receipt for each statement filed under2173
this section and shall preserve a copy of the receipt for a period2174
of at least six years. All statements filed under this section2175
shall be open to public inspection in the office where they are2176
filed and shall be carefully preserved for a period of at least2177
six years after the year in which they are filed.2178

       (6) The secretary of state, by rule adopted pursuant to2179
section 3517.23 of the Revised Code, shall prescribe theall of 2180
the following:2181

       (a) The manner of immediately acknowledging, with date and 2182
time received, and preserving the receipt of statements that are 2183
transmitted by electronic means of transmission to the secretary 2184
of state pursuant to this section or section 3517.106 of the2185
Revised Code and the;2186

       (b) The manner of immediately acknowledging, with date and 2187
time reported, and preserving the report of contribution and 2188
expenditure information reported on a campaign finance web site 2189
under division (C) of section 3517.1011 of the Revised Code;2190

       (c) The manner of preserving the contribution and expenditure2191
information in thosethe statements and reports described in 2192
divisions (D)(6)(a) and (b) of this section. The secretary of 2193
state shall preserve the contribution and expenditure information 2194
in those statements and reports for at least ten years after the 2195
year in which they are filed by electronic means of transmission.2196

       (7) The secretary of state, pursuant to division (I) of2197
section 3517.106 of the Revised Code, shall make available online2198
to the public through the internet the contribution and2199
expenditure information in all statements, all addenda,2200
amendments, or other corrections to statements, and all amended2201
statements filed with the secretary of state by electronic or2202
other means of transmission under this section, division (B)(2)(b)2203
or (C)(2)(b) of section 3517.105, or section 3517.106 or 3517.112204
of the Revised Code and all contribution and expenditure 2205
information reported on a campaign finance web site under division 2206
(C) of section 3517.1011 of the Revised Code. The secretary of 2207
state may remove the information from the internet after a 2208
reasonable period of time.2209

       (E)(1) Any person, political party, campaign committee,2210
legislative campaign fund, political action committee, or2211
political contributing entity, or entity engaging in 2212
electioneering that makes a contribution in connection with the 2213
nomination or election of any candidate or in connection with any 2214
ballot issue or question at any election held or to be held in 2215
this state shall provide its full name and address to the 2216
recipient of the contribution, and to the political fundraiser 2217
through which the contribution was raised, if any, at the time the2218
contribution is made. The political action committee also shall2219
provide the registration number assigned to the committee under2220
division (D)(1) of this section to the recipient of the2221
contribution at the time the contribution is made.2222

       (2) Any individual who makes a contribution that exceeds one2223
hundred dollars to a campaign committee of a statewide candidate2224
or candidate for the office of member of the general assembly2225
shall provide the name of the individual's current employer, if2226
any, or, if the individual is self-employed, the individual's2227
occupation and the name of the individual's business, if any, to2228
the recipient of the contribution at the time the contribution is2229
made. Sections 3599.39 and 3599.40 of the Revised Code do not 2230
apply to division (E)(2) of this section.2231

       (3) If a campaign committee shows that it has exercised its2232
best efforts to obtain, maintain, and submit the information2233
required under divisions (B)(4)(b)(ii) and (iii) of this section,2234
that committee is considered to have met the requirements of those2235
divisions. A campaign committee shall not be considered to have2236
exercised its best efforts unless, in connection with written2237
solicitations, it regularly includes a written request for the2238
information required under division (B)(4)(b)(ii) of this section2239
from the contributor or the information required under division2240
(B)(4)(b)(iii) of this section from whoever transmits the2241
contribution.2242

       (4) Any check that a political action committee uses to make2243
a contribution or an expenditure shall contain the full name and2244
address of the committee and the registration number assigned to2245
the committee under division (D)(1) of this section.2246

       (5) Any political fundraiser that raises contributions for, 2247
at the request of, for the benefit of, or on behalf of a campaign 2248
committee, political party, political action committee, political 2249
contributing entity, or entity engaging in electioneering shall 2250
provide both of the following to the campaign committee, political 2251
party, political action committee, political contributing entity, 2252
or entity engaging in electioneering:2253

       (a) The name, occupation, and employer of the political 2254
fundraiser;2255

       (b) The identity of each contributor and the amount of each 2256
contribution raised through the efforts of the political 2257
fundraiser.2258

       (F) As used in this section:2259

       (1) "Address" means all of the following if they exist:2260
apartment number, street, road, or highway name and number, rural2261
delivery route number, city or village, state, and zip code as2262
used in a person's post-office address, but not post-office box. 2263
If an address is required in this section, a post-office box and2264
office, room, or suite number may be included in addition to but2265
not in lieu of an apartment, street, road, or highway name and2266
number. If an address is required in this section, a campaign2267
committee, political action committee, legislative campaign fund,2268
political party, or political contributing entity, or entity 2269
engaging in electioneering may use the business or residence 2270
address of its treasurer or deputy treasurer. The post-office box 2271
number of the campaign committee, political action committee, 2272
legislative campaign fund, political party, or political 2273
contributing entity, or entity engaging in electioneering may be 2274
used in addition to that address.2275

       (2) "Statewide candidate" means the joint candidates for the2276
offices of governor and lieutenant governor or a candidate for the2277
office of secretary of state, auditor of state, treasurer of2278
state, attorney general, member of the state board of education,2279
chief justice of the supreme court, or justice of the supreme2280
court.2281

       (G) An independent expenditure shall be reported whenever and 2282
in the same manner that an expenditure is required to be reported2283
under this section and shall be reported pursuant to division2284
(B)(2)(a) or (C)(2)(a) of section 3517.105 of the Revised Code.2285

       (H)(1) Except as otherwise provided in division (H)(2) of2286
this section, if, during the combined preelectionpre-election and 2287
postelection reporting periods for an election, a campaign 2288
committee has received contributions of five hundred dollars or 2289
less and has made expenditures in the total amount of five hundred 2290
dollars or less, it may file a statement to that effect, under 2291
penalty of election falsification, in lieu of the statement 2292
required by division (A)(2) of this section. The statement shall 2293
indicate the total amount of contributions received and the total 2294
amount of expenditures made during those combined reporting 2295
periods.2296

       (2) In the case of a successful candidate at a primary2297
election, if either the total contributions received by or the2298
total expenditures made by the candidate's campaign committee2299
during the preprimary, postprimary, pregeneral, and postgeneral2300
election periods combined equal more than five hundred dollars,2301
the campaign committee may file the statement under division2302
(H)(1) of this section only for the primary election. The first2303
statement that the campaign committee files in regard to the2304
general election shall reflect all contributions received and all2305
expenditures made during the preprimary and postprimary election2306
periods.2307

       (3) Divisions (H)(1) and (2) of this section do not apply if2308
a campaign committee receives contributions or makes expenditures2309
prior to the first day of January of the year of the election at2310
which the candidate seeks nomination or election to office or if2311
the campaign committee does not file a termination statement with2312
its postprimary election statement in the case of an unsuccessful2313
primary election candidate or with its postgeneral election2314
statement in the case of other candidates.2315

       (I) In the case of a contribution made by a partnership or2316
unincorporated business, all of the following apply:2317

       (1) The recipient of the contribution shall report the2318
contribution by listing both the partnership or unincorporated2319
business and the name of the partner or owner making the2320
contribution.2321

       (2) For purposes of section 3517.102 of the Revised Code, the 2322
contribution shall be considered to have been made by the partner 2323
or owner reported under division (I)(1) of this section.2324

       (3) No contribution from a partnership or unincorporated2325
business shall be accepted unless the recipient reports the2326
contribution under division (I)(1) of this section.2327

       (J) A candidate shall have only one campaign committee at any2328
given time for all of the offices for which the person is a2329
candidate or holds office.2330

       (K)(1) In addition to filing a designation of appointment of2331
a treasurer under division (D)(1) of this section, the campaign2332
committee of any candidate for an elected municipal office that2333
pays an annual amount of compensation of five thousand dollars or2334
less, the campaign committee of any candidate for member of a2335
board of education except member of the state board of education,2336
or the campaign committee of any candidate for township trustee or2337
township clerk may sign, under penalty of election falsification,2338
a certificate attesting that the committee will not accept2339
contributions during an election period that exceed in the2340
aggregate two thousand dollars from all contributors and one2341
hundred dollars from any one individual, and that the campaign2342
committee will not make expenditures during an election period2343
that exceed in the aggregate two thousand dollars.2344

       The certificate shall be on a form prescribed by the2345
secretary of state and shall be filed not later than ten days2346
after the candidate files a declaration of candidacy and petition,2347
a nominating petition, or a declaration of intent to be a write-in2348
candidate.2349

       (2) Except as otherwise provided in division (K)(3) of this2350
section, a campaign committee that files a certificate under2351
division (K)(1) of this section is not required to file the2352
statements required by division (A) of this section.2353

       (3) If, after filing a certificate under division (K)(1) of2354
this section, a campaign committee exceeds any of the limitations2355
described in that division during an election period, the2356
certificate is void and thereafter the campaign committee shall2357
file the statements required by division (A) of this section. If 2358
the campaign committee has not previously filed a statement, then 2359
on the first statement the campaign committee is required to file2360
under division (A) of this section after the committee's 2361
certificate is void, the committee shall report all contributions 2362
received and expenditures made from the time the candidate filed 2363
the candidate's declaration of candidacy and petition, nominating2364
petition, or declaration of intent to be a write-in candidate.2365

       (4) As used in division (K) of this section, "election2366
period" means the period of time beginning on the day a person2367
files a declaration of candidacy and petition, nominating2368
petition, or declaration of intent to be a write-in candidate2369
through the day of the election at which the person seeks2370
nomination to office if the person is not elected to office, or,2371
if the candidate was nominated in a primary election, the day of2372
the election at which the candidate seeks office.2373

       (L) Notwithstanding division (B)(4) of this section, a2374
political contributing entity that receives contributions from the2375
dues, membership fees, or other assessments of its members or from2376
its officers, shareholders, and employees may report the aggregate2377
amount of contributions received from those contributors and the2378
number of individuals making those contributions, for each filing2379
period identified under divisions (A)(1), (2), and (3) of this2380
section. Division (B)(4) of this section applies to a political2381
contributing entity with regard to contributions it receives from2382
all other contributors.2383

       Sec. 3517.102.  (A) Except as otherwise provided in section2384
3517.103 of the Revised Code, as used in this section and sections2385
3517.103 and 3517.104 of the Revised Code:2386

       (1) "Candidate" has the same meaning as in section 3517.01 of 2387
the Revised Code but includes only candidates for the offices of 2388
governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, auditor of2389
state, treasurer of state, attorney general, member of the state2390
board of education, member of the general assembly, chief justice2391
of the supreme court, and justice of the supreme court.2392

       (2) "Statewide candidate" or "any one statewide candidate"2393
means the joint candidates for the offices of governor and2394
lieutenant governor or a candidate for the office of secretary of2395
state, auditor of state, treasurer of state, attorney general,2396
member of the state board of education, chief justice of the2397
supreme court, or justice of the supreme court.2398

       (3)(2) "Senate candidate" means a candidate for the office of2399
state senator.2400

       (4)(3) "House candidate" means a candidate for the office of2401
state representative.2402

       (5)(4)(a) "Primary election period" for a candidate begins on2403
the beginning date of the candidate's pre-filing period specified2404
in division (A)(9)(6) of section 3517.109 of the Revised Code and2405
ends on the day of the primary election.2406

       (b) In regard to any candidate, the "general election period"2407
begins on the day after the primary election immediately preceding 2408
the general election at which the candidate seeks an office 2409
specified in division (A)(1) of this section and ends on the2410
thirty-first day of December following that general election.2411

       (6) "State candidate fund" means the state candidate fund2412
established by a state or county political party under division2413
(D)(3)(c) of section 3517.10 of the Revised Code.2414

       (7)(5) "Postgeneral election statement" means the statement2415
filed under division (A)(2) of section 3517.10 of the Revised Code2416
by the campaign committee of a candidate after the general2417
election in which the candidate ran for office or filed by2418
legislative campaign fund after the general election in an2419
even-numbered year.2420

       (8)(6) "Contribution" means any contribution that is required2421
to be reported in the statement of contributions under section2422
3517.10 of the Revised Code.2423

       (9) Except as otherwise provided in division (F) of section2424
3517.103 and division (B)(3)(b) of section 3517.1010 of the2425
Revised Code, "designated state campaign committee" means:2426

       (a) In the case of contributions to or from a state political 2427
party, a campaign committee of a statewide candidate, statewide 2428
officeholder, senate candidate, house candidate, or member of the 2429
general assembly.2430

       (b) In the case of contributions to or from a county2431
political party, a campaign committee of a statewide candidate,2432
statewide officeholder, senate candidate or house candidate whose2433
candidacy is to be submitted to some or all of the electors in2434
that county, or member of the general assembly whose district2435
contains all or part of that county.2436

       (c) In the case of contributions to or from a legislative2437
campaign fund, a campaign committee of any of the following:2438

       (i) A senate or house candidate who, if elected, will be a2439
member of the same party that established the legislative campaign2440
fund and the same house with which the legislative campaign fund2441
is associated;2442

       (ii) A state senator or state representative who is a member2443
of the same party that established the legislative campaign fund2444
and the same house with which the legislative campaign fund is2445
associated.2446

       (B)(1) No individual shall make a contribution or2447
contributions aggregating more than:2448

       (a) Two thousand five hundred dollars to the campaign2449
committee of any one statewide candidate in a primary election2450
period or in a general election period;2451

       (b) Two thousand five hundred dollars to the campaign2452
committee of any one senate candidate in a primary election period2453
or in a general election period;2454

       (c) Two thousand five hundred dollars to the campaign2455
committee of any one house candidate in a primary election period2456
or in a general election period;2457

       (d) FiveTwo thousand dollars to any one county political2458
party for the 1party's state candidate fund or to any one2459
legislative campaign fund in a calendar yearprimary election 2460
period or in a general election period;2461

       (e) Fifteen(c) Two thousand dollars to any one state 2462
political party for the party's state candidate fund in a calendar 2463
yearprimary election period or in a general election period;2464

       (f) Five(d) Two thousand dollars to any one political action2465
committee in a calendar yearprimary election period or in a 2466
general election period;2467

       (g) Five(e) Two thousand dollars to any one political2468
contributing entity in a calendar yearprimary election period or 2469
in a general election period;2470

       (f) A total of twenty-five thousand dollars to any 2471
combination of campaign committees, county political parties, 2472
state political parties, political action committees, and 2473
political contributing entities in a calendar year.2474

       (2) Subject to division (D)(1) of this section, no political2475
action committee shall make a contribution or contributions2476
aggregating more than:2477

       (a) Two thousand five hundred dollars to the campaign2478
committee of any one statewide candidate in a primary election2479
period or in a general election period;2480

       (b) Two thousand five hundred dollars to the campaign2481
committee of any one senate candidate in a primary election period2482
or in a general election period;2483

       (c) Two thousand five hundred dollars to the campaign2484
committee of any one house candidate in a primary election period2485
or in a general election period;2486

       (d) FiveTwo thousand dollars to any one county political2487
party for the party's state candidate fund or to any one 2488
legislative campaign fund in a calendar yearprimary election 2489
period or in a general election period;2490

       (e) Fifteen(c) Two thousand dollars to any one state 2491
political party for the party's state candidate fund in a calendar 2492
yearprimary election period or in a general election period;2493

       (f)(d) Two thousand five hundred dollars to another political2494
action committee or to a political contributing entity in a2495
calendar yearprimary election period or in a general election 2496
period. This division does not apply to a political action2497
committee that makes a contribution to a political action2498
committee or to a political contributing entity affiliated with2499
it. For purposes of this division, a political action committee is 2500
affiliated with another political action committee or with a2501
political contributing entity if they are both established,2502
financed, maintained, or controlled by, or if they are, the same2503
corporation, organization, labor organization, continuing2504
association, or other person, including any parent, subsidiary,2505
division, or department of that corporation, organization, labor2506
organization, continuing association, or other person.2507

       (3) No campaign committee shall make a contribution or2508
contributions aggregating more than:2509

       (a) Two thousand five hundred dollars to the campaign2510
committee of any one statewide candidate in a primary election2511
period or in a general election period;2512

       (b) Two thousand five hundred dollars to the campaign2513
committee of any one senate candidate in a primary election period2514
or in a general election period;2515

       (c) Two thousand five hundred dollars to the campaign2516
committee of any one house candidate in a primary election period2517
or in a general election period;2518

       (d) Two thousand five hundred dollars to any one political2519
action committee in a calendar yearprimary election period or in 2520
a general election period;2521

       (e)(c) Two thousand five hundred dollars to any one political2522
contributing entity in a calendar yearprimary election period or 2523
in a general election period.2524

       (4) Subject to division (D)(3) of this section, no political2525
party shall make a contribution or contributions aggregating more2526
than two thousand five hundred dollars to any one political action2527
committee or to any one political contributing entity in a2528
calendar yearprimary election period or in a general election 2529
period.2530

       (5) No campaign committee, other than a designated state2531
campaign committee, shall make a contribution or contributions2532
aggregating in a calendar yearprimary election period or in a 2533
general election period more than:2534

       (a) FifteenTwo thousand dollars to any one state political2535
party for the party's state candidate fund;2536

       (b) Five thousand dollars to any one legislative campaign2537
fund;2538

       (c) FiveTwo thousand dollars to any one county political 2539
party for the party's state candidate fund.2540

       (6)(a) No state candidate fund of a county political party2541
shall make a contribution or contributions, except a contribution2542
or contributions to a designated state campaign committee, in a2543
primary election period or a general election period, aggregating2544
more than:2545

       (i) Two thousand five hundred dollars to the campaign2546
committee of any one senate candidate;2547

       (ii) Two thousand five hundred dollars to the campaign2548
committee of any one house candidate.2549

       (b)(i) No state candidate fund of a state or county political 2550
party shall make a transfer or a contribution or transfers or2551
contributions of cash or cash equivalents to a designated state 2552
campaign committee in a primary election period or in a general 2553
election period aggregating more than:2554

       (I) Five hundredtwo thousand dollars to the campaign 2555
committee of any one statewide candidate;2556

       (II) One hundred thousand dollars to the campaign committee2557
of any one senate candidate;2558

       (III) Fifty thousand dollars to the campaign committee of any 2559
one house candidate.2560

       (ii) No legislative campaign fund shall make a transfer or a2561
contribution or transfers or contributions of cash or cash2562
equivalents to a designated state campaign committee aggregating2563
more than:2564

       (I) Fifty thousand dollars in a primary election period or2565
one hundred thousand dollars in a general election period to the2566
campaign committee or any one senate candidate;2567

       (II) Twenty-five thousand dollars in a primary election2568
period or fifty thousand dollars in a general election period to2569
the campaign committee of any one house candidate.2570

       (iii) As used in divisions (B)(6)(b) and (C)(6)(a) and (b) of 2571
this section, "transfer or contribution of cash or cash2572
equivalents" does not include any in-kind contributions.2573

       (c) A county political party that has no state candidate fund 2574
and that is located in a county having a population of less than 2575
one hundred fifty thousand may make one or more contributions from 2576
other accounts to any one designated state campaign committee that 2577
do not exceed, in the aggregate, two thousand five hundred dollars 2578
in any primary election period or general election period. As used 2579
in this division, "other accounts" does not include either an 2580
account that contains the public moneys received from the Ohio2581
political party fund under section 3517.17 of the Revised Code or2582
the county political party's operating account.2583

       (d) No legislative campaign fund shall make a contribution,2584
other than to a designated state campaign committee or to the2585
state candidate fund of a political party.2586

       (7) Subject to division (D)(1) of this section, no political2587
contributing entity shall make a contribution or contributions2588
aggregating more than:2589

       (a) Two thousand five hundred dollars to the campaign2590
committee of any one statewide candidate in a primary election2591
period or in a general election period;2592

       (b) Two thousand five hundred dollars to the campaign2593
committee of any one senate candidate in a primary election period2594
or in a general election period;2595

       (c) Two thousand five hundred dollars to the campaign2596
committee of any one house candidate in a primary election period2597
or in a general election period;2598

       (d) FiveTwo thousand dollars to any one county political 2599
party for the party's state candidate fund or to any one 2600
legislative campaign fund in a calendar yearprimary election 2601
period or in a general election period;2602

       (e) Fifteen(c) Two thousand dollars to any one state 2603
political party for the party's state candidate fund in a calendar 2604
yearprimary election period or in a general election period;2605

       (f)(d) Two thousand five hundred dollars to another political2606
contributing entity or to a political action committee in a2607
calendar yearprimary election period or in a general election 2608
period. This division does not apply to a political contributing2609
entity that makes a contribution to a political contributing2610
entity or to a political action committee affiliated with it. For2611
purposes of this division, a political contributing entity is2612
affiliated with another political contributing entity or with a2613
political action committee if they are both established, financed, 2614
maintained, or controlled by, or if they are, the same2615
corporation, organization, labor organization, continuing2616
association, or other person, including any parent, subsidiary,2617
division, or department of that corporation, organization, labor2618
organization, continuing association, or other person.2619

       (C)(1) Subject to division (D)(1) of this section, no2620
campaign committee of a statewide candidate shall accept a2621
contribution or contributions aggregating more than two thousand2622
five hundred dollars from any one individual, from any one2623
political action committee, from any one political contributing2624
entity, or from any one other campaign committee, from any one 2625
county political party, or from any one state political party in a2626
primary election period or in a general election period.2627

       (2) Subject to division (D)(1) of this section and except for 2628
a designated state campaign committee, no campaign committee of a 2629
senate candidate shall accept a contribution or contributions2630
aggregating more than two thousand five hundred dollars from any2631
one individual, from any one political action committee, from any2632
one political contributing entity, from any one state candidate2633
fund of a county political party, or from any one other campaign2634
committee in a primary election period or in a general election2635
period.2636

       (3) Subject to division (D)(1) of this section and except for 2637
a designated state campaign committee, no campaign committee of a 2638
house candidate shall accept a contribution or contributions2639
aggregating more than two thousand five hundred dollars from any2640
one individual, from any one political action committee, from any2641
one political contributing entity, from any one state candidate2642
fund of a county political party, or from any one other campaign2643
committee in a primary election period or in a general election2644
period.2645

       (4)(a) Subject to division (D)(1) of this section, no county2646
political party shall accept a contribution or contributions for2647
the party's state candidate fund aggregating more than fivetwo2648
thousand dollars from any one individual, from any one political2649
action committee, from any one political contributing entity, or2650
from any one campaign committee, other than a designated state2651
campaign committee, in a calendar yearprimary election period or 2652
in a general election period.2653

       (b) Subject to division (D)(1) of this section, no state2654
political party shall accept a contribution or contributions for2655
the party's state candidate fund aggregating more than fifteentwo2656
thousand dollars from any one individual, from any one political2657
action committee, from any one political contributing entity, or2658
from any one campaign committee, other than a designated state2659
campaign committee, in a calendar yearprimary election period or 2660
in a general election period.2661

       (5) Subject to division (D)(1) of this section, no2662
legislative campaign fund shall accept a contribution or2663
contributions aggregating more than five thousand dollars from any2664
one individual, from any one political action committee, from any2665
one political contributing entity, or from any one campaign2666
committee, other than a designated state campaign committee, in a2667
calendar year.2668

       (6)(a) No designated state campaign committee shall accept a2669
transfer or contribution of cash or cash equivalents from a state2670
candidate fund of a state or county political party aggregating in2671
a primary election period or a general election period more than:2672

       (i) Five hundred thousand dollars, in the case of a campaign2673
committee of a statewide candidate;2674

       (i) Five hundred thousand dollars, in the case of a campaign2675
committee of a statewide candidate;(ii) One hundred thousand 2676
dollars, in the case of a campaign committee of a senate 2677
candidate;2678

       (iii) Fifty thousand dollars, in the case of a campaign2679
committee of a house candidate.2680

       (b) No designated state campaign committee shall accept a2681
transfer or contribution of cash or cash equivalents from a2682
legislative candidate fund aggregating more than:2683

       (i) Fifty thousand dollars in a primary election period or2684
one hundred thousand dollars in a general election period, in the2685
case of a campaign committee of a senate candidate;2686

       (ii) Twenty-five thousand dollars in a primary election2687
period or fifty thousand dollars in a general election period, in2688
the case of a campaign committee of a house candidate.2689

       (7)(3)(a) Subject to division (D)(3) of this section, no2690
political action committee and no political contributing entity2691
shall accept a contribution or contributions aggregating more than2692
fivetwo thousand dollars from any one individual, or more than 2693
two thousand five hundred dollars from any one campaign committee,2694
or from any one political party in a primary election period or in 2695
a general election period.2696

       (b) Subject to division (D)(1) of this section, no political2697
action committee shall accept a contribution or contributions2698
aggregating more than two thousand five hundred dollars from2699
another political action committee or from a political2700
contributing entity in a calendar yearprimary election period or 2701
in a general election period. Subject to division (D)(1) of this 2702
section, no political contributing entity shall accept a 2703
contribution or contributions aggregating more than two thousand 2704
five hundred dollars from another political contributing entity or 2705
from a political action committee in a calendar yearprimary 2706
election period or in a general election period. This division 2707
does not apply to a political action committee or political2708
contributing entity that accepts a contribution from a political 2709
action committee or political contributing entity affiliated with 2710
it. For purposes of this division, a political action committee is 2711
affiliated with another political action committee or with a2712
political contributing entity if they are established, financed, 2713
maintained, or controlled by the same corporation, organization, 2714
labor organization, continuing association, or other person,2715
including any parent, subsidiary, division, or department of that 2716
corporation, organization, labor organization, continuing 2717
association, or other person.2718

       (D)(1)(a) For purposes of the limitations prescribed in2719
division (B)(2) of this section and the limitations prescribed in2720
divisions (C)(1), (2), (3), (4), (5), and (7)(3)(b) of this 2721
section, whichever is applicable, all contributions made by and 2722
all contributions accepted from political action committees that 2723
are established, financed, maintained, or controlled by the same2724
corporation, organization, labor organization, continuing2725
association, or other person, including any parent, subsidiary,2726
division, or department of that corporation, organization, labor2727
organization, continuing association, or other person, are2728
considered to have been made by or accepted from a single2729
political action committee.2730

       (b) For purposes of the limitations prescribed in division2731
(B)(7) of this section and the limitations prescribed in divisions2732
(C)(1), (2), (3), (4),(5), and (7)(3)(b) of this section,2733
whichever is applicable, all contributions made by and all2734
contributions accepted from political contributing entities that2735
are established, financed, maintained, or controlled by, or that 2736
are, the same corporation, organization, labor organization, 2737
continuing association, or other person, including any parent, 2738
subsidiary, division, or department of that corporation, 2739
organization, labor organization, continuing association, or other 2740
person, are considered to have been made by or accepted from a 2741
single political contributing entity.2742

       (2) As used in divisions (B)(1)(f)(d), (B)(3)(d)(b), (B)(4), 2743
and (C)(7)(3) of this section, "political action committee" does 2744
not include a political action committee that is organized to 2745
support or oppose a ballot issue or question and that makes no2746
contributions to or expenditures on behalf of a political party,2747
campaign committee, legislative campaign fund, political action2748
committee, or political contributing entity. As used in divisions2749
(B)(1)(g)(e), (B)(3)(e)(c), (B)(4), and (C)(7)(3) of this section,2750
"political contributing entity" does not include a political2751
contributing entity that is organized to support or oppose a2752
ballot issue or question and that makes no contributions to or2753
expenditures on behalf of a political party, campaign committee,2754
legislative campaign fund, political action committee, or2755
political contributing entity.2756

       (3) For purposes of the limitations prescribed in divisions2757
(B)(4) and (C)(7)(3)(a) of this section, all contributions made by2758
and all contributions accepted from a national political party, a2759
state political party, and a county political party are considered2760
to have been made by or accepted from a single political party and2761
shall be combined with each other to determine whether the2762
limitations have been exceeded.2763

       (E)(1) If a legislative campaign fund has kept a total amount 2764
of contributions exceeding one hundred fifty thousand dollars at 2765
the close of business on the seventh day before the postgeneral 2766
election statement is required to be filed under section 3517.102767
of the Revised Code, the legislative campaign fund shall comply 2768
with division (E)(2) of this section.2769

       (2)(a) Any legislative campaign fund that has kept a total2770
amount of contributions in excess of the amount specified in2771
division (E)(1) of this section at the close of business on the2772
seventh day before the postgeneral election statement is required2773
to be filed under section 3517.10 of the Revised Code shall2774
dispose of the excess amount in the manner prescribed in division2775
(E)(2)(c)(i), (ii), or (iii) of this section not later than ninety2776
days after the day the postgeneral election statement is required2777
to be filed under section 3517.10 of the Revised Code. Any2778
legislative campaign fund that is required to dispose of an excess2779
amount of contributions under this division shall file a statement2780
on the ninetieth day after the postgeneral election statement is2781
required to be filed under section 3517.10 of the Revised Code2782
indicating the total amount of contributions the fund has at the2783
close of business on the seventh day before the postgeneral2784
election statement is required to be filed under section 3517.102785
of the Revised Code and that the excess contributions were2786
disposed of pursuant to this division and divisions (E)(2)(b) and2787
(c) of this section. The statement shall be on a form prescribed2788
by the secretary of state and shall contain any additional2789
information the secretary of state considers necessary.2790

       (b) There is hereby created in the state treasury the Ohio2791
elections commission fund. All moneys credited to the fund shall2792
be used solely for the purpose of paying expenses related to the2793
operation of the Ohio elections commission.2794

       (c) Any legislative campaign fund that is required to dispose 2795
of an excess amount of contributions under division (E)(2) of this2796
section shall dispose of that excess amount by doing any of the 2797
following:2798

       (i) Giving the amount to the treasurer of state for deposit2799
into the state treasury to the credit of the Ohio elections2800
commission fund;2801

       (ii) Giving the amount to individuals who made contributions2802
to that legislative campaign fund as a refund of all or part of2803
their contributions;2804

       (iii) Giving the amount to a corporation that is exempt from2805
federal income taxation under subsection 501(a) and described in2806
subsection 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code.2807

       (F)(1) No legislative campaign fund shall fail to file a2808
statement required by division (E) of this section.2809

       (2) No legislative campaign fund shall fail to dispose of2810
excess contributions as required by division (E) of this section.2811

       (G) Nothing in this section shall affect, be used in2812
determining, or supersede a limitation on campaign contributions2813
as provided for in the Federal Election Campaign Act.2814

       (F) Any contribution that is made, received, or used to pay 2815
the direct costs or indirect costs of producing or airing 2816
electioneering communications shall be subject to the contribution 2817
limits imposed by this section.2818

       Sec. 3517.103.  (A) For purposes of this section:2819

       (1) "Statewide candidate" means the joint candidates for the 2820
offices of governor and lieutenant governor or a candidate for the 2821
office of secretary of state, auditor of state, treasurer of 2822
state, attorney general, or member of the state board of 2823
education.2824

       (2) "Personal funds" means contributions to the campaign 2825
committee of a candidate by the candidate or by the candidate's 2826
spouse, parents, children, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law,2827
brothers, sisters, grandparents, mother-in-law, father-in-law, 2828
brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, or grandparents by marriage.2829

       (3) When a debt or other obligation incurred by a committee 2830
or by a candidate on behalf of the candidate's committee described 2831
in division (C)(1) or (2) of this section is to be paid from 2832
personal funds, those funds are considered to be expended when the 2833
debt or obligation is incurred, regardless of when it is paid.2834

       (4) For purposes of Chapter 3517. of the Revised Codethis 2835
chapter, a candidate is an "opponent" when the candidate has2836
indicated on the candidate's most recently filed designation of2837
treasurer that the candidate seeks the same office at the same2838
primary or general election as another candidate whose campaign2839
committee has filed a personal funds notice required by division2840
(C)(1) or (2) of this section.2841

       (B)(1) Except as otherwise provided in division (B)(2) of 2842
this section, no statewide candidate or candidate for the office 2843
of member of the general assembly shall make an expenditure of2844
personal funds to influence the results of an election for that 2845
candidate's nomination or election to office unless the personal 2846
funds are first deposited into the campaign fund of that 2847
candidate's campaign committee.2848

       (2) A statewide candidate or candidate for office of the2849
general assembly may make an expenditure of personal funds without 2850
first depositing those funds into the campaign committee's funds 2851
as long as the aggregate total of those expenditures does not 2852
exceed five hundred dollars at any time during an election period. 2853
After the candidate's campaign committee reimburses the candidate 2854
for any direct expenditure of personal funds, the amount that was2855
reimbursed is no longer included in the aggregate total of2856
expenditures of personal funds subject to the five-hundred-dollar 2857
limit.2858

       (C)(1) If the campaign committee of any statewide candidate 2859
has received or expended or expects to expend more than one 2860
hundred thousand dollars of personal funds during a primary2861
election period or one hundred fifty thousand dollars of personal 2862
funds during a general election period, the campaign committee 2863
shall file a personal funds notice in the manner provided in2864
division (C)(3) of this section indicating that the committee has 2865
received or expended or expects to expend more than that amount. 2866
For the purpose of this division, a joint team of candidates for 2867
governor and lieutenant governor shall be considered a single 2868
candidate and their personal funds shall be combined.2869

       (2) If the campaign committee of any senate candidate or 2870
houseother than a statewide candidate has received or expended or 2871
expects to expend more than twenty-five thousand dollars of 2872
personal funds during a primary election period or twenty-five 2873
thousand dollars of personal funds during a general election 2874
period, the campaign committee shall file a personal funds notice 2875
in the manner provided in division (C)(3) of this section 2876
indicating that the committee has received or expended or expects 2877
to expend more than that amount.2878

       (3) The personal funds notice required in divisions (C)(1)2879
and (2) of this section and the declaration of no limits required 2880
under division (D)(2) of this section shall be on a form2881
prescribed by the secretary of state. The personal funds notice 2882
required in divisions (C)(1) and (2) of this section shall be 2883
filed not later than the earlier of the following times:2884

       (a) One hundred twenty days before a primary election, in the 2885
case of personal funds received, expended, or expected to be 2886
expended during a primary election period, or not later than one 2887
hundred twenty days before a general election, in the case of 2888
personal funds received, expended, or expected to be expended 2889
during a general election period;2890

       (b) Two business days after the candidate's campaign 2891
committee receives or makes an expenditure of personal funds or 2892
the candidate makes an expenditure of personal funds on behalf of 2893
the candidate's campaign committee during that election period 2894
that exceed, in the aggregate, the amount specified in division 2895
(C)(1) or (2) of this section.2896

       The personal funds notice required under divisions (C)(1) and 2897
(2) of this section and the declaration of no limits required 2898
under division (D)(2) of this section shall be filed wherever the 2899
campaign committee files statements of contributions and 2900
expenditures under section 3517.11 of the Revised Code. The board 2901
of elections shall send to the secretary of state a copy of any 2902
personal funds notice or declaration of no limits filed by the 2903
campaign committee of a senateany candidate or house candidate2904
with the board of elections under division (C)(3) or (D)(2) of 2905
this section.2906

       (D)(1) Whenever a campaign committee files a notice under 2907
division (C)(1) or (2) of this section, and the campaign committee 2908
of an opponent files a declaration of no limits pursuant to 2909
division (D)(2) of this section within thirty days of the filing 2910
of the personal funds notice under division (C)(1) or (2) of this 2911
section, the contribution limitations prescribed in section 2912
3517.102 of the Revised Code no longer apply to the campaign 2913
committee of the candidate's opponent.2914

       (2) No campaign committee of a candidate described in 2915
division (D)(1) of this section shall accept any contribution or 2916
contributions from a contributor that exceed the limitations 2917
prescribed in section 3517.102 of the Revised Code until the 2918
committee files a declaration that the committee will accept 2919
contributions that exceed those limitations. This declaration 2920
shall be filed not later than thirty days after a candidate's 2921
opponent has filed a personal funds notice pursuant to division 2922
(C)(1) or (2) of section 3517.103 of the Revised Code, shall be 2923
referred to as the "declaration of no limits," and shall list all 2924
of the following:2925

       (a) The amount of cash on hand in the candidate's campaign 2926
fund at the end of the day immediately preceding the day on which 2927
the candidate's campaign committee files the declaration of no 2928
limits;2929

       (b) The value and description of all campaign assets worth 2930
five hundred dollars or more available to the candidate at the end 2931
of the day immediately preceding the day on which the candidate's 2932
campaign committee files the declaration of no limits.2933

       (3) A candidate who was not an opponent of a candidate who 2934
filed the personal funds notice required under division (C)(3) of 2935
this section on the date the personal funds notice was filed may 2936
file the declaration of no limits pursuant to division (D)(2) of 2937
this section within thirty days after becoming an opponent of the 2938
candidate who filed the personal funds notice.2939

       (4) If the candidate whose campaign committee filed a 2940
personal funds notice under division (C)(1) or (2) of this section2941
fails to file a declaration of candidacy for the office listed on 2942
the designation of treasurer filed under division (D) of section 2943
3517.10 of the Revised Code or files a declaration of candidacy or 2944
nominating petition for that office and dies or withdraws, both of 2945
the following apply to the campaign committee of that candidate's 2946
opponent if the opponent has filed a declaration of no limits 2947
pursuant to division (D) of this section:2948

       (a) No contribution from a contributor may thereafter be 2949
accepted that, when added to the aggregate total of all2950
contributions received by that committee from that contributor2951
during the primary election period or general election period, 2952
whichever is applicable, would cause that committee to exceed the2953
contribution limitations prescribed in section 3517.102 of the2954
Revised Code for the applicable election period.2955

       (b) The statement of primary-day finances or the year-end 2956
statement required to be filed under division (E) of section 2957
3517.1010 of the Revised Code shall be filed not later than2958
fourteen days after the date the candidate's opponent fails to2959
file a declaration of candidacy or nominating petition by the 2960
appropriate filing deadline, or dies or withdraws. For purposes of 2961
calculating permitted funds under division (A)(7)(4) of section 2962
3517.1010 of the Revised Code, the primary or general election2963
period, whichever is applicable, shall be considered to have ended 2964
on the filing deadline, in the case of an opponent who fails to 2965
file a declaration of candidacy or nominating petition, or on the 2966
date of the opponent's death or withdrawal. In such an event, the 2967
filing of a statement of primary-day finances or year-end finances 2968
and the disposing of any excess funds as required under division 2969
(B) of section 3517.1010 of the Revised Code satisfies the2970
candidate's obligation to file such a statement for that election 2971
period. 2972

       (E)(1) No campaign committee shall fail to file a personal 2973
funds notice as required under division (C)(1) or (2) of this 2974
section.2975

       (2) No campaign committee shall accept any contribution in 2976
excess of the contribution limitations prescribed in section 2977
3517.102 of the Revised Code:2978

       (a) Unless a declaration of no limits has been filed under2979
division (D)(2) of this section;2980

       (b) In violation of division (D)(4) of this section once the 2981
candidate who filed a personal funds notice under division (C)(3)2982
of this section fails to file a declaration of candidacy or 2983
nominating petition or that candidate dies or withdraws.2984

       (3) No campaign committee that violates division (E)(1) of 2985
this section shall expend any personal funds in excess of the 2986
amount specified in division (C)(1) or (2) of this section, 2987
whichever is appropriate to the committee.2988

       (4) The candidate of any campaign committee that violates 2989
division (E) of this section shall forfeit the candidate's 2990
nomination, if the candidate was nominated, or the office to which2991
the candidate was elected, if the candidate was elected to office.2992

       (F)(1) Whenever a campaign committee files a notice under2993
division (C)(1) or (2) of this section or whenever the 2994
contribution limitations prescribed in section 3517.102 of the 2995
Revised Code do not apply to a campaign committee under division 2996
(D)(1) of this section, that committee is not a designated state 2997
campaign committee for the purpose of the limitations prescribed 2998
in section 3517.102 of the Revised Code with regard to2999
contributions made by that campaign committee to a legislative 3000
campaign fund or to a state candidate fund of a state or county 3001
political party.3002

       (2) Division (F)(1) of this section no longer applies to a 3003
campaign committee after both of the following occur:3004

       (a) The primary or general election period during which the 3005
contribution limitations prescribed in section 3517.102 of the 3006
Revised Code did not apply after being removed pursuant to 3007
division (D) of this section has expired;3008

       (b) When the campaign committee has disposed of all excess 3009
funds and excess aggregate contributions as required under section3010
3517.1010 of the Revised Code.3011

       Sec. 3517.105.  (A)(1) As used in this section, "public 3012
political advertising" means advertising to the general public 3013
through a broadcasting station, newspaper, magazine, poster, yard 3014
sign, or outdoor advertising facility, by direct mail, or by any 3015
other means of advertising to the general public.3016

       (2) For purposes of this section and section 3517.20 of the 3017
Revised Code, a person is a member of a political action committee 3018
if the person makes one or more contributions to that political 3019
action committee, and a person is a member of a political 3020
contributing entity if the person makes one or more contributions 3021
to, or pays dues, membership fees, or other assessments to, that3022
political contributing entity.3023

       (B)(1) Whenever a candidate, a campaign committee, a3024
political action committee or political contributing entity with 3025
ten or more members, or a legislative campaign fundan entity 3026
engaging in electioneering makes an independent expenditure, or 3027
whenever a political action committee or political contributing 3028
entity with fewer than ten members makes an independent 3029
expenditure in excess of one hundred dollars for a local 3030
candidate, in excess of two hundred fifty dollars for a candidate 3031
for the office of member of the general assembly, or in excess of3032
five hundred dollars for a statewide candidate, for the purpose of3033
financing communications advocating the election or defeat of an 3034
identified candidate or solicits without the candidate's express 3035
consent a contribution for or against an identified candidate 3036
through public political advertising, a statement shall appear or 3037
be presented in a clear and conspicuous manner in the advertising 3038
that does both of the following:3039

       (a) Clearly indicates that the communication or public 3040
political advertising is not authorized by the candidate or the 3041
candidate's campaign committee;3042

       (b) Clearly identifies the candidate, campaign committee, 3043
political action committee, political contributing entity, or3044
legislative campaign fundentity engaging in electioneering that 3045
has paid for the communication or public political advertising in 3046
accordance with section 3517.20 of the Revised Code.3047

       (2)(a) Whenever any campaign committee, legislative campaign 3048
fund, political action committee, political contributing entity, 3049
entity engaging in electioneering, or political party makes an 3050
independent expenditure in support of or opposition to any 3051
candidate, the committee, entity, fund, or party shall report the 3052
independent expenditure and identify the candidate on a statement 3053
prescribed by the secretary of state and filed by the committee, 3054
entity, fund, or political party as part of its statement of 3055
contributions and expenditures pursuant to division (A) of section 3056
3517.10 and division (A) of section 3517.11 of the Revised Code.3057

       (b) Whenever any individual, partnership, or other entity, 3058
except a corporation, labor organization, campaign committee, 3059
legislative campaign fund, political action committee, political 3060
contributing entity, entity engaging in electioneering, or 3061
political party, makes one or more independent expenditures in3062
support of or opposition to any candidate, the individual,3063
partnership, or other entity shall file with the secretary of3064
state in the case of a statewide candidate, or with the board of 3065
elections in the county in which the candidate files the 3066
candidate's petitions for nomination or election for district or 3067
local office, not later than the dates specified in divisions3068
(A)(1), (2), and (3) of section 3517.10 of the Revised Code, and, 3069
except as otherwise provided in that section, a statement 3070
itemizing all independent expenditures made during the period 3071
since the close of business on the last day reflected in the last 3072
previously filed such statement, if any. The statement shall be 3073
made on a form prescribed by the secretary of state or shall be 3074
filed by electronic means of transmission pursuant to division (G) 3075
of section 3517.106 of the Revised Code as authorized or required 3076
by that division. The statement shall indicate the date and the 3077
amount of each independent expenditure and the candidate on whose 3078
behalf it was made and shall be made under penalty of election 3079
falsification.3080

       (C)(1) Whenever a corporation, labor organization, campaign3081
committee, political action committee with ten or more members, or 3082
legislative campaign fundentity engaging in electioneering makes 3083
an independent expenditure, or whenever a political action3084
committee with fewer than ten members makes an independent 3085
expenditure in excess of one hundred dollars for a local ballot 3086
issue or question, or in excess of five hundred dollars for a 3087
statewide ballot issue or question, for the purpose of financing 3088
communications advocating support of or opposition to an 3089
identified ballot issue or question or solicits without the 3090
express consent of the ballot issue committee a contribution for 3091
or against an identified ballot issue or question through public 3092
political advertising, a statement shall appear or be presented in 3093
a clear and conspicuous manner in the advertising that does both 3094
of the following:3095

       (a) Clearly indicates that the communication or public 3096
political advertising is not authorized by the identified ballot 3097
issue committee;3098

       (b) Clearly identifies the corporation, labor organization,3099
campaign committee, legislative campaign fundentity engaging in 3100
electioneering, or political action committee that has paid for 3101
the communication or public political advertising in accordance 3102
with section 3517.20 of the Revised Code.3103

       (2)(a) Whenever any corporation, labor organization, campaign3104
committee, legislative campaign fundentity engaging in 3105
electioneering, political party, or political action committee 3106
makes an independent expenditure in support of or opposition to 3107
any ballot issue or question, the corporation or labor 3108
organization shall report the independent expenditure in 3109
accordance with division (C) of section 3599.03 of the Revised 3110
Code, and the campaign committee, fund,entity, party, or 3111
political action committee shall report the independent 3112
expenditure and identify the ballot issue or question on a 3113
statement prescribed by the secretary of state and filed by the 3114
campaign committee, fund,entity, political party, or political3115
action committee as part of its statement of contributions and 3116
expenditures pursuant to division (A) of section 3517.10 and 3117
division (A) of section 3517.11 of the Revised Code.3118

       (b) Whenever any individual, partnership, or other entity, 3119
except a corporation, labor organization, campaign committee, 3120
legislative campaign fundentity engaging in electioneering, 3121
political action committee, or political party, makes one or more 3122
independent expenditures in excess of one hundred dollars in 3123
support of or opposition to any ballot issue or question, the 3124
individual, partnership, or other entity shall file with the 3125
secretary of state in the case of a statewide ballot issue or 3126
question, or with the board of elections in the county that3127
certifies the issue or question for placement on the ballot in the 3128
case of a district or local issue or question, not later than the 3129
dates specified in divisiondivisions (A)(1), (2), and (3) of 3130
section 3517.10 of the Revised Code, and, except as otherwise 3131
provided in that section, a statement itemizing all independent3132
expenditures made during the period since the close of business on 3133
the last day reflected in the last previously filed such 3134
statement, if any. The statement shall be made on a form 3135
prescribed by the secretary of state or shall be filed by 3136
electronic means of transmission pursuant to division (G) of 3137
section 3517.106 of the Revised Code as authorized or required by3138
that division. The statement shall indicate the date and the 3139
amount of each independent expenditure and the ballot issue or 3140
question in support of or opposition to which it was made and 3141
shall be made under penalty of election falsification.3142

       (3) No person, campaign committee, legislative campaign fund3143
entity engaging in electioneering, political action committee, 3144
corporation, labor organization, or other organization or 3145
association shall use or cause to be used a false or fictitious 3146
name in making an independent expenditure in support of or 3147
opposition to any candidate or any ballot issue or question. A 3148
name is false or fictitious if the person, campaign committee,3149
legislative campaign fundentity engaging in electioneering, 3150
political action committee, corporation, labor organization, or 3151
other organization or association does not actually exist or 3152
operate, if the corporation, labor organization, or other 3153
organization or association has failed to file a fictitious name 3154
or other registration with the secretary of state, if it is 3155
required to do so, or if the person, campaign committee, 3156
legislative campaign fundentity engaging in electioneering, or 3157
political action committee has failed to file a designation of the 3158
appointment of a treasurer, if it is required to do so by division3159
(D)(1) of section 3517.10 of the Revised Code.3160

       Sec. 3517.106.  (A) As used in this section:3161

       (1) "Statewide office" means any of the offices of governor,3162
lieutenant governor, secretary of state, auditor of state,3163
treasurer of state, attorney general, chief justice of the supreme3164
court, and justice of the supreme court.3165

       (2) "Addendum to a statement" includes an amendment or other3166
correction to that statement.3167

       (B)(1) The secretary of state shall store on computer the3168
information contained in statements of contributions and3169
expenditures and monthly statements required to be filed under3170
section 3517.10 of the Revised Code and in statements of3171
independent expenditures required to be filed under section3172
3517.105 of the Revised Code by any of the following:3173

       (1)(a) The campaign committees of candidates for statewide3174
office;3175

       (2)(b) The political action committees and political3176
contributing entities described in division (A)(1) of section3177
3517.11 of the Revised Code;3178

       (3) Legislative campaign funds;3179

       (4)(c) State political parties;3180

       (5)(d) Individuals, partnerships, corporations, labor3181
organizations, or other entities that make independent3182
expenditures in support of or opposition to a statewide candidate3183
or a statewide ballot issue or question;3184

       (6)(e) The campaign committees of candidates for the office 3185
of member of the general assembly;3186

       (f) The campaign committees of all other candidates required 3187
to file campaign finance statements by electronic means of 3188
transmission under division (F) of this section;3189

       (g) Entities engaging in electioneering.3190

       (2) The secretary of state shall store on computer the 3191
contribution information required to be reported on a campaign 3192
finance web site under division (C) of section 3517.1011 of the 3193
Revised Code.3194

       (C)(1) The secretary of state shall make available to the3195
campaign committees, political action committees, political3196
contributing entities, legislative campaign funds, political3197
parties, entities engaging in electioneering, individuals,3198
partnerships, corporations, labor organizations, and other 3199
entities described in division (B) of this section, and to members 3200
of the news media and other interested persons, for a reasonable 3201
fee, computer programs that are compatible with the secretary of 3202
state's method of storing the information contained in the 3203
statements.3204

       (2) The secretary of state shall make the information3205
required to be stored under division (B) of this section available3206
on computer at the secretary of state's office so that, to the3207
maximum extent feasible, individuals may obtain at the secretary3208
of state's office any part or all of that information for any3209
given year, subject to the limitation expressed in division (D) of3210
this section.3211

       (D) The secretary of state shall keep the information stored3212
on computer under division (B) of this section for at least six3213
years.3214

       (E)(1) Subject to the secretary of state having implemented,3215
tested, and verified the successful operation of any system the3216
secretary of state prescribes pursuant to division (H)(1) of this3217
section and divisions (C)(6)(b) and (D)(6) of section 3517.10 of3218
the Revised Code for the filing of campaign finance statements by3219
electronic means of transmission, the campaign committee of each 3220
candidate for statewide office may file the statements prescribed 3221
by section 3517.10 of the Revised Code by electronic means of3222
transmission or, if the total amount of the contributions received3223
or the total amount of the expenditures made by the campaign3224
committee for the applicable reporting period as specified in3225
division (A) of section 3517.10 of the Revised Code exceeds ten 3226
thousand dollars, shall file those statements by electronic means 3227
of transmission.3228

       Except as otherwise provided in this division, within five3229
business days after a statement filed by a campaign committee of a3230
candidate for statewide office is received by the secretary of3231
state by electronic or other means of transmission, the secretary3232
of state shall make available online to the public through the3233
internet, as provided in division (I) of this section, the3234
contribution and expenditure information in that statement. The3235
secretary of state shall not make available online to the public3236
through the internet any contribution or expenditure information3237
contained in a statement for any candidate until the secretary of3238
state is able to make available online to the public through the3239
internet the contribution and expenditure information for all3240
candidates for a particular office. As soon as the secretary of3241
state has available all of that information, the secretary of3242
state shall simultaneously make available online to the public3243
through the internet the information for all candidates for a3244
particular office.3245

       If a statement filed by electronic means of transmission is3246
found to be incomplete or inaccurate after the examination of the3247
statement for completeness and accuracy pursuant to division3248
(B)(3)(a) of section 3517.11 of the Revised Code, the campaign3249
committee shall file by electronic means of transmission any3250
addendum to the statement that provides the information necessary3251
to complete or correct the statement or, if required by the3252
secretary of state under that division, an amended statement.3253

       Within five business days after the secretary of state3254
receives from a campaign committee of a candidate for statewide3255
office an addendum to the statement or an amended statement by3256
electronic or other means of transmission under this division or3257
division (B)(3)(a) of section 3517.11 of the Revised Code, the3258
secretary of state shall make the contribution and expenditure3259
information in the addendum or amended statement available online3260
to the public through the internet as provided in division (I) of3261
this section.3262

       (2) Subject to division (E)(3) of this section and subject to 3263
the secretary of state having implemented, tested, and verified3264
the successful operation of any system the secretary of state3265
prescribes pursuant to division (H)(1) of this section and3266
divisions (C)(6)(b) and (D)(6) of section 3517.10 of the Revised3267
Code for the filing of campaign finance statements by electronic3268
means of transmission, a political action committee and a 3269
political contributing entity described in division (B)(2) of this 3270
section, a legislative campaign fund, and a state political party 3271
may file the statements prescribed by section 3517.10 of the3272
Revised Code by electronic means of transmission.3273

       Within five business days after a statement filed by a3274
political action committee or a political contributing entity3275
described in division (B)(2) of this section, a legislative3276
campaign fund, or a state political party is received by the3277
secretary of state by electronic or other means of transmission,3278
the secretary of state shall make available online to the public3279
through the internet, as provided in division (I) of this section,3280
the contribution and expenditure information in that statement.3281

       If a statement filed by electronic means of transmission is3282
found to be incomplete or inaccurate after the examination of the3283
statement for completeness and accuracy pursuant to division3284
(B)(3)(a) of section 3517.11 of the Revised Code, the political3285
action committee, political contributing entity, legislative3286
campaign fund, or state political party shall file by electronic3287
means of transmission any addendum to the statement that provides3288
the information necessary to complete or correct the statement or,3289
if required by the secretary of state under that division, an3290
amended statement.3291

       Within five business days after the secretary of state3292
receives from a political action committee or a political3293
contributing entity described in division (B)(2) of this section,3294
a legislative campaign fund, or a state political party an3295
addendum to the statement or an amended statement by electronic or3296
other means of transmission under this division or division3297
(B)(3)(a) of section 3517.11 of the Revised Code, the secretary of3298
state shall make the contribution and expenditure information in3299
the addendum or amended statement available online to the public3300
through the internet as provided in division (I) of this section.3301

       (3) Subject to the secretary of state having implemented,3302
tested, and verified the successful operation of any system the3303
secretary of state prescribes pursuant to division (H)(1) of this3304
section and divisions (C)(6)(b) and (D)(6) of section 3517.10 of3305
the Revised Code for the filing of campaign finance statements by3306
electronic means of transmission, a political action committee and 3307
a political contributing entity described in division (B)(2)(1)(b)3308
of this section, a legislative campaign fund, and a state 3309
political party shall, and an entity engaging in electioneering 3310
may file the statements prescribed by section 3517.10 of the3311
Revised Code by electronic means of transmission or, if the total 3312
amount of the contributions received or the total amount of the 3313
expenditures made by the political action committee, political 3314
contributing entity, legislative campaign fund, orstate political 3315
party, or entity engaging in electioneering for the applicable 3316
reporting period as specified in division (A) of section 3517.10 3317
of the Revised Code exceeds ten thousand dollars, shall file those 3318
statements by electronic means of transmission.3319

       Within five business days after a statement filed by a3320
political action committee or a political contributing entity3321
described in division (B)(2)(1)(b) of this section, a legislative3322
campaign fund, or a state political party, or an entity engaging 3323
in electioneering is received by the secretary of state by 3324
electronic or other means of transmission, the secretary of state 3325
shall make available online to the public through the internet, as 3326
provided in division (I) of this section, the contribution and 3327
expenditure information in that statement.3328

       If a statement filed by electronic means of transmission is3329
found to be incomplete or inaccurate after the examination of the3330
statement for completeness and accuracy pursuant to division3331
(B)(3)(a) of section 3517.11 of the Revised Code, the political3332
action committee, political contributing entity, legislative3333
campaign fund, or state political party, or entity engaging in 3334
electioneering shall file by electronic means of transmission any 3335
addendum to the statement that provides the information necessary 3336
to complete or correct the statement or, if required by the 3337
secretary of state under that division, an amended statement.3338

       Within five business days after the secretary of state3339
receives from a political action committee or a political3340
contributing entity described in division (B)(2)(1)(b) of this 3341
section, a legislative campaign fund, or a state political party, 3342
or an entity engaging in electioneering an addendum to the 3343
statement or an amended statement by electronic or other means of 3344
transmission under this division or division (B)(3)(a) of section 3345
3517.11 of the Revised Code, the secretary of state shall make the 3346
contribution and expenditure information in the addendum or3347
amended statement available online to the public through the3348
internet as provided in division (I) of this section.3349

       (F)(1) Subject to division (F)(4) of this section and subject3350
to the secretary of state having implemented, tested, and verified 3351
the successful operation of any system the secretary of state 3352
prescribes pursuant to division (H)(1) of this section and3353
divisions (C)(6)(b) and (D)(6) of section 3517.10 of the Revised3354
Code for the filing of campaign finance statements by electronic3355
means of transmission or on computer disk, a campaign committee of 3356
a candidate for thean office of member of the general assembly3357
other than a statewide office may file the statements prescribed 3358
by section 3517.10 of the Revised Code by electronic means of3359
transmission to the office of the secretary of state or, until 3360
March 1, 2004, on computer disk with the appropriate board of 3361
elections specified in division (A)(2) of section 3517.11 of the 3362
Revised Codeif the total amount of the contributions received by 3363
the campaign committee for the applicable reporting period as 3364
specified in division (A) of section 3517.10 of the Revised Code 3365
exceeds ten thousand dollars, shall file those statements by 3366
electronic means of transmission to the office of the secretary of 3367
state.3368

       Except as otherwise provided in this division, within five3369
business days after a statement filed by a campaign committee of a3370
candidate for thean office of member of the general assembly3371
other than a statewide office is received by the secretary of 3372
state by electronic or other means of transmission, the secretary 3373
of state shall make available online to the public through the 3374
internet, as provided in division (I) of this section, the 3375
contribution and expenditure information in that statement. The 3376
secretary of state shall not make available online to the public 3377
through the internet any contribution or expenditure information 3378
contained in a statement for any candidate until the secretary of 3379
state is able to make available online to the public through the 3380
internet the contribution and expenditure information for all 3381
candidates for a particular office. As soon as the secretary of 3382
state has available all of that information, the secretary of 3383
state shall simultaneously make available online to the public 3384
through the internet the information for all candidates for a 3385
particular office.3386

       If a statement filed by electronic means of transmission or3387
on computer disk is found to be incomplete or inaccurate after the3388
examination of the statement for completeness and accuracy3389
pursuant to division (B)(3)(a) of section 3517.11 of the Revised3390
Code, the campaign committee shall file by electronic means of3391
transmission to the office of the secretary of state, or, until3392
March 1, 2004, on computer disk with the appropriate board of 3393
elections if the original statement was filed on computer disk,3394
any addendum to the statement that provides the information3395
necessary to complete or correct the statement or, if required by3396
the secretary of state under that division, an amended statement.3397

       Within five business days after the secretary of state3398
receives from a campaign committee of a candidate for thean3399
office of member of the general assemblyother than a statewide 3400
office an addendum to the statement or an amended statement by 3401
electronic or other means of transmission under this division or 3402
division (B)(3)(a) of section 3517.11 of the Revised Code, the3403
secretary of state shall make the contribution and expenditure 3404
information in the addendum or amended statement available online 3405
to the public through the internet as provided in division (I) of 3406
this section.3407

       (2) Until March 1, 2004, if a campaign committee of a3408
candidate for the office of member of the general assembly files a3409
statement of contributions and expenditures, an addendum to the3410
statement, or an amended statement by electronic means of3411
transmission or on computer disk pursuant to division (F)(1) of3412
this section, the campaign committee shall file as prescribed by3413
section 3517.10 of the Revised Code with the appropriate board of3414
elections specified in division (A)(2) of section 3517.11 of the3415
Revised Code a printed version of the statement, addendum, or3416
amended statement filed by electronic means of transmission or on3417
computer disk, in the format that the secretary of state shall3418
prescribe. If a statement, addendum, or amended statement is not3419
filed by electronic means of transmission or on computer diskto 3420
the office of the secretary of state but is filed with the 3421
appropriate board of elections by printed version only, the 3422
campaign committee shall file two copies of the printed version of 3423
the statement, addendum, or amended statement with the appropriate3424
board of elections. The board of elections shall send one of those 3425
copies by overnight delivery service to the secretary of state 3426
before the close of business on the day the board of elections 3427
receives the statement, addendum, or amended statement.3428

       (3)(a) Subject to division (F)(4) of this section and subject 3429
to the secretary of state having implemented, tested, and verified 3430
the successful operation of any system the secretary of state 3431
prescribes pursuant to division (H)(1) of this section and3432
divisions (C)(6)(b) and (D)(6) of section 3517.10 of the Revised3433
Code for the filing of campaign finance statements by electronic3434
means of transmission or on computer disk, the secretary of state 3435
shall assess, and a campaign committee of a candidate for the 3436
office of member of the general assembly shall pay, a fee as 3437
provided in this division if the campaign committee has not filed 3438
the campaign finance statements prescribed by section 3517.10 of 3439
the Revised Code by electronic means of transmission or on 3440
computer disk pursuant to division (F)(1) of this section. The fee 3441
shall be calculated on the total contributions received for the 3442
applicable reporting period specified in division (A) of section 3443
3517.10 of the Revised Code as follows:3444

       (i) No fee for total contributions up to and including ten3445
thousand dollars;3446

       (ii) A fee of fifty dollars for total contributions of over3447
ten thousand dollars up to and including twenty-five thousand3448
dollars;3449

       (iii) A fee of one hundred fifty dollars for total3450
contributions over twenty-five thousand dollars up to and3451
including fifty thousand dollars;3452

       (iv) A fee of two hundred dollars for total contributions3453
over fifty thousand dollars.3454

       (b) No campaign committee of a candidate for the office of3455
member of the general assembly shall be required to pay the fee3456
prescribed by division (F)(3)(a) of this section in connection3457
with the filing of an addendum to a statement of contributions and3458
expenditures or in connection with the filing of an amended3459
statement.3460

       (c) The fee prescribed by division (F)(3)(a) of this section3461
shall be made payable to the secretary of state and shall be3462
collected by the appropriate board of elections at the time the3463
campaign committee of a candidate for the office of member of the3464
general assembly files the statement of contributions and3465
expenditures. The fee shall be sent along with the statement,3466
before the close of business on the day it is received, to the3467
secretary of state by overnight delivery service.3468

       (4) Subject to the secretary of state having implemented,3469
tested, and verified the successful operation of any system the3470
secretary of state prescribes pursuant to division (H)(1) of this3471
section and divisions (C)(6)(b) and (D)(6) of section 3517.10 of3472
the Revised Code for the filing of campaign finance statements by3473
electronic means of transmission, on and after March 1, 2004, a3474
campaign committee of a candidate for the office of member of the 3475
general assembly shall file the statements prescribed by section 3476
3517.10 of the Revised Code by electronic means of transmission to 3477
the secretary of state if the total amount of the contributions3478
received by the campaign committee for the applicable reporting3479
period as specified in division (A) of section 3517.10 of the3480
Revised Code exceeds ten thousand dollars.3481

       Except as otherwise provided in this division, within five3482
business days after a statement filed by a campaign committee of a3483
candidate for the office of member of the general assembly is3484
received by the secretary of state by electronic or other means of3485
transmission, the secretary of state shall make available online3486
to the public through the internet, as provided in division (I) of3487
this section, the contribution and expenditure information in that3488
statement. The secretary of state shall not make available online3489
to the public through the internet any contribution or expenditure3490
information contained in a statement for any candidate until the3491
secretary of state is able to make available online to the public3492
through the internet the contribution and expenditure information3493
for all candidates for a particular office. As soon as the3494
secretary of state has available all of that information, the3495
secretary of state shall simultaneously make available online to3496
the public through the internet the information for all candidates3497
for a particular office.3498

       If a statement filed by electronic means of transmission is3499
found to be incomplete or inaccurate after the examination of the3500
statement for completeness and accuracy pursuant to division3501
(B)(3)(a) of section 3517.11 of the Revised Code, the campaign3502
committee of a candidate for the office of member of the general3503
assembly shall file by electronic means of transmission any3504
addendum to the statement that provides the information necessary3505
to complete or correct the statement or, if required by the3506
secretary of state under that division, an amended statement.3507

       Within five business days after the secretary of state3508
receives from a campaign committee of a candidate for the office3509
of member of the general assembly an addendum to the statement or3510
an amended statement by electronic or other means of transmission3511
under this division or division (B)(3)(a) of section 3517.11 of3512
the Revised Code, the secretary of state shall make the3513
contribution and expenditure information in the addendum or3514
amended statement available online to the public through the3515
internet as provided in division (I) of this section.3516

       (G)(1) Subject to division (G)(2) of this section and subject3517
to the secretary of state having implemented, tested, and verified 3518
the successful operation of any system the secretary of state 3519
prescribes pursuant to division (H)(1) of this section and3520
divisions (C)(6)(b) and (D)(6) of section 3517.10 of the Revised3521
Code for the filing of campaign finance statements by electronic3522
means of transmission, any individual, partnership, or other 3523
entity that makes independent expenditures in support of or3524
opposition to a statewide candidate or a statewide ballot issue or3525
question as provided in division (B)(2)(b) or (C)(2)(b) of section3526
3517.105 of the Revised Code may file the statement specified in3527
that division by electronic means of transmission or, if the total 3528
amount of independent expenditures made during the reporting 3529
period under that division exceeds ten thousand dollars, shall 3530
file the statement by electronic means of transmission.3531

       Within five business days after a statement filed by an3532
individual, partnership, or other entity is received by the3533
secretary of state by electronic or other means of transmission,3534
the secretary of state shall make available online to the public3535
through the internet, as provided in division (I) of this section,3536
the expenditure information in that statement.3537

       If a statement filed by electronic means of transmission is3538
found to be incomplete or inaccurate after the examination of the3539
statement for completeness and accuracy pursuant to division3540
(B)(3)(a) of section 3517.11 of the Revised Code, the individual,3541
partnership, or other entity shall file by electronic means of3542
transmission any addendum to the statement that provides the3543
information necessary to complete or correct the statement or, if3544
required by the secretary of state under that division, an amended3545
statement.3546

       Within five business days after the secretary of state3547
receives from an individual, partnership, or other entity3548
described in division (B)(2)(b) or (C)(2)(b) of section 3517.1053549
of the Revised Code an addendum to the statement or an amended3550
statement by electronic or other means of transmission under this3551
division or division (B)(3)(a) of section 3517.11 of the Revised3552
Code, the secretary of state shall make the expenditure3553
information in the addendum or amended statement available online3554
to the public through the internet as provided in division (I) of3555
this section.3556

       (2) Subject to the secretary of state having implemented,3557
tested, and verified the successful operation of any system the3558
secretary of state prescribes pursuant to division (H)(1) of this3559
section and divisions (C)(6)(b) and (D)(6) of section 3517.10 of3560
the Revised Code for the filing of campaign finance statements by3561
electronic means of transmission, any individual, partnership, or3562
other entity that makes independent expenditures in support of or 3563
opposition to a statewide candidate or a statewide ballot issue or 3564
question as provided in division (B)(2)(b) or (C)(2)(b) of section 3565
3517.105 of the Revised Code shall file the statement specified in 3566
that division by electronic means of transmission if the total3567
amount of the independent expenditures made during the reporting 3568
period under that division exceeds ten thousand dollars.3569

       Within five business days after a statement filed by an3570
individual, partnership, or other entity is received by the3571
secretary of state by electronic or other means of transmission,3572
the secretary of state shall make available online to the public3573
through the internet, as provided in division (I) of this section,3574
the expenditure information in that statement.3575

       If a statement filed by electronic means of transmission is3576
found to be incomplete or inaccurate after the examination of the3577
statement for completeness and accuracy pursuant to division3578
(B)(3)(a) of section 3517.11 of the Revised Code, the individual,3579
partnership, or other entity shall file by electronic means of3580
transmission any addendum to the statement that provides the3581
information necessary to complete or correct the statement or, if3582
required by the secretary of state under that division, an amended3583
statement.3584

       Within five business days after the secretary of state3585
receives from an individual, partnership, or other entity3586
described in division (B)(2)(b) or (C)(2)(b) of section 3517.1053587
of the Revised Code an addendum to the statement or an amended3588
statement by electronic or other means of transmission under this3589
division or division (B)(3)(a) of section 3517.11 of the Revised3590
Code, the secretary of state shall make the expenditure3591
information in the addendum or amended statement available online3592
to the public through the internet as provided in division (I) of3593
this section.3594

       (H)(1) The secretary of state, by rule adopted pursuant to3595
section 3517.23 of the Revised Code, shall prescribe one or more3596
techniques by which a person who executes and transmits by3597
electronic means a statement of contributions and expenditures, a3598
statement of independent expenditures, an addendum to either3599
statement, an amended statement of contributions and expenditures,3600
or an amended statement of independent expenditures under this3601
section or section 3517.10 or 3517.105 of the Revised Code or by 3602
which a person who reports contribution and expenditure 3603
information on a campaign finance web site under division (C) of 3604
section 3517.1011 of the Revised Code shall electronically sign3605
the statement, addendum, or amended statement, or report. Any 3606
technique prescribed by the secretary of state pursuant to this 3607
division shall create an electronic signature that satisfies all 3608
of the following:3609

       (a) It is unique to the signer.3610

       (b) It objectively identifies the signer.3611

       (c) It involves the use of a signature device or other means3612
or method that is under the sole control of the signer and that3613
cannot be readily duplicated or compromised.3614

       (d) It is created and linked to the electronic record to3615
which it relates in a manner that, if the record or signature is3616
intentionally or unintentionally changed after signing, the3617
electronic signature is invalidated.3618

       (2) An electronic signature prescribed by the secretary of3619
state under division (H)(1) of this section shall be attached to3620
or associated with the statement of contributions and3621
expenditures, the statement of independent expenditures, the3622
addendum to either statement, the amended statement of3623
contributions and expenditures, or the amended statement of3624
independent expenditures that is executed and transmitted by3625
electronic means by the person to whom the electronic signature is3626
attributed or, if applicable, attached to or associated with the 3627
contribution and expenditure information on the campaign finance 3628
web site that is reported and maintained by the person to whom the 3629
electronic signature is attributed. The electronic signature that 3630
is attached to or associated with thea statement, addendum, or3631
amended statement, or report on a campaign finance web site under 3632
this division shall be binding on all persons and for all purposes 3633
under the campaign finance reporting law as if the signature had3634
been handwritten in ink on a printed form of the statement,3635
addendum, or amended statement.3636

       (I) The secretary of state shall make the contribution and3637
expenditure information in all statements, all addenda to the3638
statements, and all amended statements that are filed with the3639
secretary of state by electronic or other means of transmission3640
under this section or section 3517.10, 3517.105, or 3517.11 of the3641
Revised Code and the contribution and expenditure information 3642
required to be reported on a campaign finance web site under 3643
division (C) of section 3517.1011 of the Revised Code available3644
online to the public by any means that are searchable, viewable, 3645
and accessible through the internet.3646

       (J)(1) As used in this division, "library" means a library3647
that is open to the public and that is one of the following:3648

       (a) A library that is maintained and regulated under section3649
715.13 of the Revised Code;3650

       (b) A library that is created, maintained, and regulated3651
under Chapter 3375. of the Revised Code.3652

       (2) The secretary of state shall notify all libraries of the3653
location on the internet at which the contribution and expenditure3654
information, in campaign finance statements or reported on 3655
campaign finance web sites, which is required to be made available 3656
online to the public through the internet pursuant to division (I) 3657
of this section may be accessed.3658

       If that location is part of the graphical subnetwork called3659
the world wide web and if the secretary of state has notified a 3660
library of that world wide web location as required by this 3661
division, the library shall include a link to that world wide web 3662
location on each internet-connected computer it maintains that is 3663
accessible to the public.3664

       (3) If the system the secretary of state prescribes for the3665
filing of campaign finance statements by electronic means of3666
transmission pursuant to division (H)(1) of this section and3667
divisions (C)(6)(b) and (D)(6) of section 3517.10 of the Revised3668
Code includes filing those statements through the internet via an3669
interactive location on the graphical subnetwork called the world3670
wide web, the secretary of state shall notify all libraries of the3671
world wide web location at which those statements may be filed.3672

       If those statements may be filed through the internet via an 3673
interactive location on the graphical subnetwork called the world 3674
wide web and if the secretary of state has notified a library of 3675
that world wide web location as required by this division, the 3676
library shall include a link to that world wide web location on 3677
each internet-connected computer it maintains that is accessible 3678
to the public.3679

       (K) It is an affirmative defense to a complaint or charge3680
brought against any campaign committee, political action3681
committee, legislative campaign fund, political party, political3682
contributing entity, entity engaging in electioneering, or3683
individual, partnership, or other entity for the failure to file 3684
by electronic means of transmission a campaign finance statement 3685
as required by this section or section 3517.10 or 3517.105 of the 3686
Revised Code or for the failure to report contribution and 3687
expenditure information on a campaign finance web site as required 3688
by section 3517.1011 of the Revised Code that all of the following3689
apply to the campaign committee, political action committee,3690
legislative campaign fund, political party, political contributing3691
entity, entity engaging in electioneering, or individual, 3692
partnership, or other entity that failed to file the required3693
statement:3694

       (1) The campaign committee, political action committee,3695
legislative campaign fund, political party, political contributing3696
entity, entity engaging in electioneering, or individual,3697
partnership, or other entity attempted to file the required 3698
statement by electronic means of transmission the required3699
statementor attempted to report the required contribution and 3700
expenditure information on the campaign finance web site prior to 3701
the deadline set forth in the applicable section.3702

       (2) The campaign committee, political action committee,3703
legislative campaign fund, political party, political contributing3704
entity, entity engaging in electioneering, or individual,3705
partnership, or other entity was unable to file by electronic 3706
means of transmission or report the required contribution and 3707
expenditure information on the campaign finance web site due to an3708
expected or unexpected shutdown of the whole or part of the 3709
applicable electronic campaign finance statement-filing system, 3710
such as for maintenance or because of hardware, software, or 3711
network connection failure.3712

       (3) The campaign committee, political action committee,3713
legislative campaign fund, political party, political contributing3714
entity, entity engaging in electioneering, or individual,3715
partnership, or other entity filed the required statement by3716
electronic means of transmission the required statementor 3717
reported the required contribution and expenditure information on 3718
the campaign finance web site within a reasonable period of time 3719
after being unable to so file or report it under the circumstance 3720
described in division (K)(2) of this section.3721

       Sec. 3517.108.  (A) As used in divisions (A) and (B) of this 3722
section:3723

       (1) "Candidate" has the same meaning as in section 3517.01 of 3724
the Revised Code but includes only candidates for the offices of 3725
governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, auditor of 3726
state, treasurer of state, attorney general, member of the state 3727
board of education, member of the general assembly, chief justice 3728
of the supreme court, and justice of the supreme court.3729

       (2) A "general election period" begins on the day after the 3730
primary election immediately preceding the general election at 3731
which a candidate seeks an office specified in division (A)(1) of 3732
this section and ends on the thirty-first day of December 3733
following that general election.3734

       (3)(2) A "primary election period" begins on the first day of 3735
January of the year following the year in which the general 3736
election was held for the office that the candidate seeks, 3737
including any mid-term election, and ends on the day of the 3738
primary election.3739

       (B) Whenever the campaign committee of a candidate has unpaid 3740
debt at the end of a primary election period or at the end of a 3741
general election period, the committee may accept additional 3742
contributions during the immediately following election period up 3743
to the applicable limitation prescribed under section 3517.102 of 3744
the Revised Code from any individual, political action committee, 3745
political contributing entity, or other campaign committee who,3746
during the primary or general election period for which debt3747
remains unpaid, has contributed less than the contribution3748
limitations prescribed under section 3517.102 of the Revised Code 3749
applicable to that individual, political action committee,3750
political contributing entity, or other campaign committee. Any 3751
additional contribution that a campaign committee accepts under 3752
this division shall count toward the applicable limitations 3753
prescribed under section 3517.102 of the Revised Code for that 3754
primary or general election period at the end of which the debt 3755
remains unpaid, and shall not count toward the applicable 3756
limitations for any other primary or general election period if 3757
all of the following conditions apply:3758

       (1) The campaign committee reports, on the statement required 3759
to be filed under division (A)(2) of section 3517.10 of the 3760
Revised Code, all debt remaining unpaid at the end of the election 3761
period. The committee shall also file a separate statement, on a 3762
form prescribed by the secretary of state, at the same time that 3763
the committee is required to file a statement of contributions and3764
expenditures under section 3517.10 of the Revised Code. The 3765
separate statement shall include the name and address of each 3766
contributor who makes an additional contribution under division 3767
(B) of this section, how the contribution was applied to pay the 3768
unpaid debt as required by division (B)(3) of this section, and 3769
the balance of the unpaid debt after each contribution was applied 3770
to it.3771

       (2) The additional contributions are accepted only during the 3772
primary or general election period, whichever is applicable,3773
immediately following the election period covered in the statement 3774
filed under division (B)(1) of this section.3775

       (3) All additional contributions made under division (B) of 3776
this section are used by the campaign committee that receives them 3777
only to pay the debt of the committee reported under division 3778
(B)(1) of this section.3779

       (4) The campaign committee maintains a separate account for 3780
all additional contributions made under division (B) of this 3781
section, and uses moneys in that account only to pay the unpaid 3782
debt reported under division (B)(1) of this section and to 3783
administer the account.3784

       (5) The campaign committee stops accepting additional3785
contributions after funds sufficient to repay the unpaid debt 3786
reported under division (B)(1) of this section have been raised 3787
and promptly disposes of any contributions received that exceed 3788
the amount of the unpaid debt by returning the excess 3789
contributions to the contributors or by giving the excess3790
contributions to an organization that is exempt from federal 3791
income taxation under subsection 501(a) and described in 3792
subsection 501(c)(3), (4), (8), (10), or (19) of the Internal 3793
Revenue Code.3794

       Sec. 3517.109.  (A) As used in this section:3795

       (1) "Candidate" has the same meaning as in section 3517.01 of 3796
the Revised Code but includes only candidates for the offices of 3797
governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, auditor of3798
state, treasurer of state, attorney general, member of the state3799
board of education, and member of the general assembly.3800

       (2) "Statewide candidate" means the joint candidates for the3801
offices of governor and lieutenant governor or a candidate for the3802
office of secretary of state, auditor of state, treasurer of3803
state, and attorney general, and member of the state board of3804
education.3805

       (3)(2) "Senate candidate" means a candidate for the office of3806
state senator.3807

       (4) "House candidate" means a candidate for the office of3808
state representative.3809

       (5) "State office" means the offices of governor, lieutenant3810
governor, secretary of state, auditor of state, treasurer of3811
state, attorney general, member of the state board of education,3812
and member of the general assembly.3813

       (6)(3) "Aggregate contribution" means the total of all3814
contributions from a contributor during the pre-filing period.3815

       (7)(4) "Allowable aggregate contribution" means all of the3816
following:3817

       (a) In the case of a contribution from a contributor whose3818
contributions are subject to the contribution limits described in 3819
division (B)(1), (2), (3), (6)(a), or (7) of section 3517.102 of3820
the Revised Code, that portion of the amount of the contributor's3821
aggregate contribution that does not exceed the preprimary3822
contribution limit applicable to that contributor.3823

       (b) In the case of a contribution or contributions from a3824
contributor whose contributions are not subject to the3825
contribution limits described in divisions (B)(1), (2), (3),3826
(6)(a), or (7) of section 3517.102 of the Revised Code, the total3827
of the following:3828

       (i) That portion of the aggregate contribution that was3829
received as in-kind services;3830

       (ii) That portion of the aggregate contribution that was3831
received as cash and does not exceed the applicable preprimary3832
cash transfer or contribution limits described in division3833
(B)(6)(b) of section 3517.102 of the Revised Code.3834

       (8)(5) "Excess aggregate contribution" means, for each3835
contributor, the amount by which that contributor's aggregate3836
contribution exceeds that contributor's allowable aggregate3837
contribution.3838

       (9)(6) "Pre-filing period" means the period of time ending on3839
the day that the candidacy petitions are due for the state office3840
for which the candidate has filed and beginning on the latest date3841
of the following:3842

       (a) The first day of January of the year following the3843
general election in which that state office was last on the3844
ballot;3845

       (b) The first day of January of the year following the3846
general election in which the candidate was last a candidate for3847
any office;3848

       (c) The first day of the month following the primary election 3849
in which the candidate was last a candidate for any office.3850

       (10)(7) "Filing date" means the last date on which a3851
candidacy petition may be filed for an office.3852

       (11)(8) "Applicable carry-in limit" means thirty-five3853
thousand dollars if the candidate is a house candidate or a3854
candidate for the state board of education, one hundred thousand3855
dollars if the candidate is a senate candidate, and twoone of the 3856
following:3857

       (a) Two hundred thousand dollars if the candidate is a 3858
statewide candidate other than a candidate for the state board of 3859
education;3860

       (b) One hundred thousand dollars if the candidate is a senate 3861
candidate;3862

       (c) Thirty-five thousand dollars if the candidate is other 3863
than a statewide candidate or a senate candidate.3864

       (12)(9) "Campaign asset" means prepaid, purchased, or donated3865
assets available to the candidate on the date of the filing3866
deadline for the office the candidate is seeking that will be3867
consumed or depleted in the course of the candidate's election3868
campaign, including, but not limited to, postage, prepaid rent for3869
campaign headquarters, prepaid radio, television, and newspaper3870
advertising, and other prepaid consulting and personal services.3871

       (13)(10) "Permitted funds" means the sum of the following:3872

       (a) The total of the allowable aggregate contribution of each 3873
contributor;3874

       (b) The applicable carry-in limit.3875

       (14)(11) "Excess funds" means the amount by which the sum of3876
the total cash on hand and total reported campaign assets exceeds3877
permitted funds.3878

       (15)(12) "Covered candidate" means both of the following:3879

       (a) A candidate who, during the pre-filing period, accepts or 3880
has a campaign committee that accepts contributions on the 3881
candidate's behalf for the purpose of nominating or electing the 3882
candidate to any office not subject to the contribution limits 3883
prescribed in section 3517.102 of the Revised Code;3884

       (b) Aa person who, during the pre-filing period, accepts or 3885
has a campaign committee that accepts contributions on the 3886
person's behalf prior to the person deciding upon or announcing 3887
the office for which the person will become a candidate for 3888
nomination or election.3889

       (B) Each candidate who files for state office, not later than3890
the filing date for that office, shall dispose of any excess3891
funds. Each covered candidate who files for state office, not 3892
later than the filing date for that office, shall dispose of any 3893
excess aggregate contributions.3894

       (C) Any campaign committee that is required to dispose of3895
excess funds or excess aggregate contributions under division (B)3896
of this section shall dispose of that excess amount or amounts by3897
doing any of the following:3898

       (1) Giving the amount to the treasurer of state for deposit3899
into the state treasury to the credit of the Ohio elections3900
commission fund;3901

       (2) Givinggiving the amount to individuals who made 3902
contributions to that campaign committee as a refund of all or 3903
part of their contributions;3904

       (3) Giving the amount to a corporation that is exempt from3905
federal income taxation under subsection 501(a) and described in3906
subsection 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code.3907

       (D)(1) Subject to division (D)(2) of this section, no 3908
candidate or covered candidate shall appear on the ballot, even if 3909
certified to appear on the ballot, unless the candidate's or 3910
covered candidate's campaign committee has disposed of excess 3911
funds, excess aggregate contributions, or both as required by 3912
divisions (B) and (C) of this section.3913

       (2) If the excess aggregate contributions accepted by a 3914
covered candidate or a covered candidate's campaign committee 3915
aggregate a total of less than five thousand dollars from all 3916
contributors, that candidate shall not be prohibited from 3917
appearing on the ballot under division (D)(1) of this section.3918

       (E)(1) The campaign committee of each candidate required to3919
dispose of excess funds under this section shall file a report, on3920
a form prescribed by the secretary of state, with the official or 3921
board with which the candidate is required to file statements 3922
under section 3517.11 of the Revised Code. The report shall be 3923
filed by the seventh day following the filing deadline for the3924
office the candidate is seeking,and shall indicate the amount of 3925
excess funds disposed of, and shall describe the manner in which 3926
the campaign committee disposed of the excess amount.3927

       (2) In addition to the information required to be included in 3928
a report filed under division (E)(1) of this section, the campaign 3929
committee of each covered candidate required to dispose of excess 3930
aggregate contributions under this section shall include in that 3931
report the source and amount of each excess aggregate contribution 3932
disposed of and shall describe the manner in which the campaign 3933
committee disposed of the excess amount.3934

       (F)(1) Each campaign committee of a candidate who has filed a3935
declaration of candidacy or a nominating petition for a state3936
office, not later than seven days after the date of the filing3937
deadline for the office the candidate is seeking, shall file a3938
declaration of filing-day finances, on a form prescribed by the3939
secretary of state, with the official or board with which the3940
candidate is required to file statements under section 3517.11 of 3941
the Revised Code.3942

       (2) A declaration of filing-day finances shall list all of3943
the following:3944

       (a) The amount of cash on hand in the candidate's campaign3945
fund on the date of the filing deadline for the office the 3946
candidate is seeking.3947

       (b) The value and description of all campaign assets worth3948
five hundred dollars or more available to the candidate on the3949
date of the filing. Assets purchased by the campaign shall be3950
valued at actual cost, and in-kind contributions shall be valued3951
at market value.3952

       (c) The total of all aggregate contributions;3953

       (d) The total of all allowable aggregate contributions;3954

       (e) The applicable carry-in limit, if any.3955

       (3) In addition to the information required to be included in 3956
a report of filing-day finances filed under division (F)(1) of 3957
this section, the campaign committee of each covered candidate 3958
shall include both of the following in that report:3959

       (a) The total of all excess aggregate contributions;3960

       (b) For each contributor, if any, for whom there is an excess 3961
aggregate contribution, the name, address, aggregate contribution, 3962
and excess aggregate contribution.3963

       (G) A campaign committee of a candidate is not required to3964
file a declaration of filing-day finances under division (F) of3965
this section if all of the following apply:3966

       (1) The campaign committee has not accepted, during the3967
pre-filing period, any aggregate contribution greater than the3968
applicable amount.3969

       (2) The campaign committee had less than the carry-in amount3970
in cash on hand at the beginning of the pre-filing period.3971

       (3) The candidate files a declaration, on a form prescribed3972
by the secretary of state, with the official or board with which3973
the candidate is required to file statements under section 3517.113974
of the Revised Code not later than seven days after the date of3975
the filing deadline for the office that candidate is seeking,3976
stating that the candidate's campaign committee has not accepted3977
aggregate contributions as described in division (G)(1) of this3978
section and has less than the carry-in amount in cash on hand as3979
described in division (G)(2) of this section.3980

       Sec. 3517.1010.  (A) As used in this section:3981

       (1) "Aggregate contribution," "allowable aggregate 3982
contribution," "excess aggregate contribution," and "pre-filing 3983
period" have the same meanings as in section 3517.109 of the 3984
Revised Code.3985

       (2) "Filing deadline" means the last date on which a 3986
candidacy petition may be filed for an office.3987

       (3) "Campaign asset" means prepaid, purchased, or donated 3988
assets, goods, or services available to the candidate's campaign 3989
committee on the date specified in the filing required under 3990
division (F) of this section that will be consumed, depleted, or 3991
used in the course of the candidate's election campaign,3992
including, but not limited to, postage, rent for any campaign 3993
office, radio, television, and newspaper advertising, and 3994
consulting and personal services.3995

       (4) "Permitted funds" means one of the following:3996

       (a) In the case of a disposal of excess funds under division3997
(B)(1) of this section, the sum of the primary carry-in amount and3998
the product of both of the following:3999

       (i) The sum of the campaign committee's net cash on hand and 4000
the campaign committee's total reported campaign assets on the day 4001
of the primary election less the primary carry-in amount;4002

       (ii) The ratio of the sum of the allowable aggregate4003
contributions of each contributor to the sum of all contributions 4004
received, during the period extending from the first day on which, 4005
in accordance with division (D) of section 3517.103 of the Revised 4006
Code, the contribution limitations prescribed in section 3517.102 4007
of the Revised Code no longer apply to the campaign committee4008
through the end of the primary election period.4009

       For the purposes of division (A)(4)(a) of this section, the 4010
allowable aggregate contribution of each contributor is calculated 4011
as if the limitations on contributions prescribed in section4012
3517.102 of the Revised Code were in effect.4013

       As used in division (A)(4)(a) of this section, "primary 4014
carry-in amount" is the sum of the campaign committee's cash on 4015
hand and reported campaign assets as reported on the campaign 4016
committee's declaration of no limits filed pursuant to division 4017
(D) of section 3517.103 of the Revised Code.4018

       (b) In the case of a disposal of excess funds under division4019
(B)(5) of this section, the product of both of the following:4020

       (i) The sum of the cash on hand and reported campaign assets 4021
at the end of the thirty-first day of December immediately 4022
following the general election;4023

       (ii) The ratio of the sum of the allowable aggregate4024
contributions of each contributor and the general carry-in amount 4025
to the sum of all contributions received during the general 4026
election period and the general carry-in amount.4027

       For the purposes of division (A)(4)(b) of this section, when 4028
a candidate has filed a declaration of no limits under division4029
(D)(2) of section 3517.103 of the Revised Code, the allowable 4030
aggregate contribution calculated for each contributor is 4031
calculated as if the limitations on contributions prescribed in 4032
section 3517.102 of the Revised Code were in effect.4033

       As used in division (A)(4)(b) of this section, "general 4034
carry-in amount" is the sum of the campaign committee's reported4035
campaign assets and net cash on hand as of the day of the primary 4036
election, after the committee has disposed of excess funds under 4037
division (B)(1) of this section, if required. "General election 4038
period" has the same meaning as in section 3517.102 of the Revised 4039
Code.4040

       (5) "Excess funds" means the amount by which the sum of the 4041
campaign committee's cash on hand on the date specified in the 4042
filing required to be made under division (F) of this section and 4043
total reported campaign assets exceeds permitted funds.4044

       (6) "Net cash on hand" means the cash on hand on the day of 4045
the primary election less the sum of all debts and obligations 4046
reported under division (F) of this section.4047

       (7) "Statewide office" means the offices of governor, 4048
lieutenant governor, secretary of state, auditor of state, 4049
treasurer of state, attorney general, and member of the state 4050
board of education.4051

       (B)(1) Except as otherwise provided in division (G) of this 4052
section, the campaign committee of any candidate who has filed a4053
declaration of no limits in accordance with division (D) of 4054
section 3517.103 of the Revised Code, and to which the 4055
contribution limitations prescribed in section 3517.102 of the 4056
Revised Code no longer apply during a primary election period, 4057
shall dispose of any excess funds not later than fourteen days 4058
after the day on which the primary election was held.4059

       (2) The campaign committee of any candidate that has filed a 4060
personal funds notice under division (C)(1) or (2) of section 4061
3517.103 of the Revised Code shall, at the end of the primary 4062
election period, do one of the following:4063

       (a) Return that portion of the personal funds remaining in 4064
the candidate's campaign committee fund at the end of the primary 4065
election period that are excess funds not later than fourteen days 4066
after the day on which the primary election was held;4067

       (b) Retain the personal funds remaining in the candidate's4068
campaign committee fund at the end of the primary election period 4069
and file a statement with the secretary of state declaring that 4070
the campaign committee will retain those remaining personal funds 4071
in the committee's campaign fund and indicating the amount of 4072
remaining personal funds that would be characterized as excess 4073
funds.4074

       (3) If a campaign committee elects to retain personal funds 4075
pursuant to division (B)(2)(b) of this section, both of the4076
following apply:4077

       (a) The amount characterized as excess funds is considered to 4078
be an expenditure of personal funds for the purpose of determining 4079
whether the amount of personal funds the campaign committee has 4080
received under division (C)(1) or (2) of section 3517.103 of the 4081
Revised Code during an election period exceeds the amounts 4082
specified in those divisions.4083

       (b) The campaign committee is not a designated state campaign4084
committee for the purpose of making contributions to a legislative 4085
campaign fund or to the state candidate fund of a state or county 4086
political party.4087

       (4) Except as otherwise provided in division (G) of this 4088
section, the campaign committee of any candidate that has expended 4089
personal funds in excess of the amount specified in division 4090
(C)(1) or (2) of section 3517.103 of the Revised Code shall 4091
dispose of any excess funds not later than fourteen days after the 4092
day on which the primary election is held or the thirty-first day4093
of December after the day on which the general election was held,4094
whichever is applicable, or choose to retain personal funds under 4095
division (B)(2) of this section. The calculation of excess funds 4096
under this division shall be made in the same manner that a 4097
campaign committee is required to dispose of excess funds under 4098
division (B)(1) or (5) of this section, whichever election period 4099
is applicable. For the purposes of this division, the allowable 4100
aggregate contribution of each contributor, including one or more4101
contributions from the candidate and from the candidate's spouse, 4102
parents, children, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, brothers, 4103
sisters, grandparents, mothers-in-law, fathers-in-law, 4104
brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, or grandparents by marriage, is 4105
calculated for that contributor as if the contribution limitations 4106
prescribed by section 3517.102 of the Revised Code were in effect.4107

       (5) Except as otherwise provided in division (G) of this 4108
section, the campaign committee of any candidate to which, in 4109
accordance with division (D) of section 3517.103 of the Revised 4110
Code, the contribution limitations prescribed in section 3517.102 4111
of the Revised Code no longer apply during a general election 4112
period shall dispose of any excess funds not later than the 4113
thirty-first day of December after the day on which the general 4114
election was held.4115

       (6) Notwithstanding division (B) of section 3517.109 of the 4116
Revised Code, the amount of excess aggregate contributions 4117
required to be disposed of under that division by a candidate 4118
whose contribution limitations have been reimposed pursuant to 4119
division (D)(4) of section 3517.103 of the Revised Code is limited 4120
to no more than the sum of the following:4121

       (a) The difference between the sum of the cash on hand and4122
reported campaign assets on the date of the declaration of 4123
candidacy filing deadline, date of death, or date of withdrawal, 4124
whichever is applicable, less the sum of the cash on hand and 4125
reported campaign assets reported on the campaign committee's 4126
declaration of no limits under division (D)(2) of section 3517.103 4127
of the Revised Code;4128

       (b) The sum of the aggregate excess contributions of all4129
contributors made from the beginning of the primary election 4130
period to the day immediately preceding the day on which 4131
contribution limitations prescribed in section 3517.102 of the 4132
Revised Code became inapplicable pursuant to division (D)(1) of 4133
section 3517.103 of the Revised Code.4134

       (C) Any campaign committee that is required to dispose of 4135
excess funds or excess aggregate contributions under division (B) 4136
of this section shall dispose of the excess amount or amounts in 4137
accordance with division (C) of section 3517.109 of the Revised 4138
Code.4139

       (D)(1) Any candidate who knowingly fails to dispose of excess4140
funds or excess aggregate contributions as required by divisions 4141
(B) and (C) of this section, except a candidate whose campaign 4142
committee has been given a letter of substantial compliance as 4143
provided for in division (D)(2) of this section, shall not appear 4144
on the ballot, even if the candidate has been certified to appear 4145
on the ballot.4146

       (2) The secretary of state shall, after initially examining 4147
and reviewing any declaration provided for in division (F) of this 4148
section and making a determination that a campaign committee has4149
substantially complied with the disposal requirements of division 4150
(B) of this section, promptly issue to the candidate's campaign 4151
committee a letter certifying that committee's substantial 4152
compliance.4153

       (3) The campaign committee of a candidate for statestatewide4154
office as defined in division (A) of section 3517.109 of the 4155
Revised Code has not substantially complied with the disposal 4156
requirements of division (B) of this section if, upon initial 4157
review of a declaration filed pursuant to division (F) of this 4158
section, it is discovered that the candidate's campaign committee 4159
has failed to dispose of excess funds or excess aggregate4160
contributions totaling in the aggregate more than ten thousand 4161
dollars.4162

       (4) The campaign committee of a candidate for member of the 4163
general assemblyan office other than a statewide office has not 4164
substantially complied with the disposal requirements of division 4165
(B) of this section if, upon initial review of a declaration filed 4166
pursuant to division (F) of this section, it is discovered that4167
the candidate's campaign committee has failed to dispose of excess 4168
funds or excess aggregate contributions totaling in the aggregate 4169
more than twenty-five hundred dollars.4170

       (5) Any campaign committee that has received a letter 4171
indicating substantial compliance as provided for in division 4172
(D)(2) of this section shall, within thirty days after receiving 4173
such a letter, fully comply with the disposal requirements of 4174
division (B) of this section.4175

       (E) When the campaign committee of a candidate files a 4176
personal funds notice in accordance with division (C), or a 4177
declaration of no limits in accordance with division (D), of 4178
section 3517.103 of the Revised Code, the campaign committee of 4179
each such candidate shall file in the case of a primary election 4180
period a declaration of primary-day finances not later than 4181
fourteen days after the day on which the primary election was 4182
held, or shall file in the case of a general election period a 4183
declaration of year-end finances not later than the last business 4184
day of January of the next calendar year immediately following the 4185
day on which the general election was held.4186

       (F) The declaration of primary-day finances and declaration 4187
of year-end finances shall be filed on a form prescribed by the 4188
secretary of state and shall list all of the following:4189

       (1) The amount of net cash on hand in the candidate's 4190
campaign committee fund at the end of the day on which the primary 4191
election was held or cash on hand on the thirty-first day of 4192
December immediately following the day on which the general 4193
election was held, whichever is appropriate;4194

       (2) In the case of a declaration of primary-day finances, any 4195
debt or other obligation incurred by the committee during the 4196
primary election period and related to the primary election of the 4197
campaign committee's candidate;4198

       (3) The value and description of all campaign assets worth 4199
five hundred dollars or more available to the candidate at the end 4200
of the day on which the primary election was held or on the 4201
thirty-first day of December immediately following the day on 4202
which the general election was held;4203

       (4) The total of all aggregate contributions received by the 4204
candidate's campaign committee during the primary or general 4205
election period;4206

       (5) The total of all allowable aggregate contributions 4207
received by the candidate's campaign committee during the primary 4208
or general election period, whichever is applicable. The allowable 4209
aggregate contribution of each contributor shall be calculated as 4210
if the contribution limitations prescribed by section 3517.102 of 4211
the Revised Code were in effect.4212

       (6) A description of all excess funds and excess aggregate 4213
contributions disposed of by the candidate's campaign committee in 4214
accordance with division (B) of this section for that election.4215

       (G) The campaign committee of a candidate is not required to4216
dispose of excess funds or excess aggregate contributions under 4217
division (B) of this section if both of the following apply:4218

       (1) The campaign committee has not accepted any aggregate 4219
contribution greater than the amount applicable under that 4220
division.4221

       (2) The campaign committee files on a form, prescribed by the 4222
secretary of state, with the official or board with which the 4223
candidate is required to file statements under section 3517.11 of 4224
the Revised Code, stating that the committee has not accepted 4225
aggregate contributions as described in division (G)(1) of this 4226
section.4227

       Sec. 3517.1011.  (A) As used in this section, "statewide 4228
office" means any of the offices of governor, lieutenant governor, 4229
secretary of state, auditor of state, treasurer of state, attorney 4230
general, member of the state board of education, and justice and 4231
chief justice of the supreme court.4232

       (B)(1)(a) On and after January 1, 2006, the secretary of 4233
state shall establish a publicly viewable campaign finance web 4234
site that meets the requirements of divisions (H) and (I) of 4235
section 3517.106 of the Revised Code for each campaign committee.4236

       (b)(i) The secretary of state shall establish the web site 4237
for the campaign committee of a candidate for statewide office 4238
promptly after the person becomes a candidate.4239

       (ii) A board of elections promptly shall notify the secretary 4240
of state when a person becomes a candidate for any office other 4241
than a statewide office. The secretary of state promptly shall 4242
establish the web site for that candidate's campaign committee 4243
after being notified of the person's candidacy.4244

       (2) On and after January 1, 2006, the secretary of state 4245
shall establish a publicly viewable campaign finance web site that 4246
meets the requirements of divisions (H) and (I) of section 4247
3517.106 of the Revised Code for each political action committee, 4248
political party, political contributing entity, and entity 4249
engaging in electioneering.4250

       (C) Each campaign finance web site established under division 4251
(B) of this section shall be made available to the campaign 4252
committee, political action committee, political party, political 4253
contributing entity, or entity engaging in electioneering for 4254
which it is established. The applicable campaign committee, 4255
political action committee, political party, political 4256
contributing entity, or entity engaging in electioneering shall 4257
report on that web site, in accordance with the requirements of 4258
divisions (D) and (E) of this section, each contribution received 4259
that exceeds, in the aggregate, two hundred fifty dollars from a 4260
single contributor and each expenditure made that exceeds two 4261
hundred fifty dollars.4262

       (D)(1)(a) Subject to division (D)(1)(b) of this section, each 4263
contribution required to be reported on a campaign finance web 4264
site under division (C) of this section shall be reported on that 4265
web site within seventy-two hours after the contribution is 4266
received.4267

       (b) Each contribution required to be reported on a campaign 4268
finance web site under division (C) of this section that is 4269
received within thirty days prior to the day of an election or 4270
that is received on the day of an election shall be reported on 4271
that web site within twenty-four hours after the contribution is 4272
received.4273

       (2) Each expenditure required to be reported on a campaign 4274
finance web site under division (C) of this section shall be 4275
reported on that web site within thirty days after the expenditure 4276
is made. 4277

       (3) For each contribution and expenditure required to be 4278
reported on a campaign finance web site under division (C) of this 4279
section, the information to be reported on that web site shall be 4280
the same as the contribution and expenditure information required 4281
to be reported on statements of contributions and expenditures 4282
under section 3517.10 of the Revised Code.4283

       (E) The secretary of state shall determine, by rule adopted 4284
under Chapter 119. of the Revised Code, both of the following:4285

       (1) The manner in which the campaign finance web site shall 4286
be structured and maintained;4287

       (2) The process by which information required to be reported 4288
on the campaign finance web site shall be verified for accuracy 4289
and timeliness of reporting.4290

       (F) The reporting of contributions and expenditures under 4291
this section shall be in addition to any reporting required under 4292
other provisions of the campaign finance reporting law.4293

       Sec. 3517.11.  (A)(1) Campaign committees of candidates for4294
statewide officesoffice or the state board of education, 4295
political action committees or political contributing entities 4296
that make contributions to campaign committees of candidates that 4297
are required to file the statements prescribed by section 3517.10 4298
of the Revised Code with the secretary of state, political action4299
committees or political contributing entities that make4300
contributions to campaign committees of candidates for member of4301
the general assembly, political action committees or political4302
contributing entities that make contributions to state and4303
national political parties and to legislative campaign funds,4304
political action committees or political contributing entities4305
that receive contributions or make expenditures in connection with4306
a statewide ballot issue, political action committees or political4307
contributing entities that make contributions to other political4308
action committees or political contributing entities, political4309
parties, and campaign committees, except as set forth in division4310
(A)(3) of this section, legislative campaign funds, and state and4311
national political parties, and entities engaging in 4312
electioneering shall file the statements prescribed by section 4313
3517.10 of the Revised Code with the secretary of state.4314

       (2) Except as otherwise provided in division (F) of section4315
3517.106 of the Revised Code, campaign committees of candidates4316
for all other offices shall file the statements prescribed by4317
section 3517.10 of the Revised Code with the board of elections4318
where their candidates are required to file their petitions or4319
other papers for nomination or election.4320

       A campaign committee of a candidate for an office of member 4321
of the general assemblyother than a statewide office shall file 4322
two copies of the printed version of any statement, addendum, or 4323
amended statement if the committee does not file by electronic 4324
means of transmission or on computer disk pursuant to division 4325
(F)(1) of section 3517.106 of the Revised Code but files by 4326
printed version only with the appropriate board of elections. The 4327
board of elections shall send one of those copies by overnight 4328
delivery service to the secretary of state before the close of 4329
business on the day the board of elections receives the statement, 4330
addendum, or amended statement.4331

       (3) Political action committees or political contributing4332
entities that only contribute to a county political party,4333
contribute to campaign committees of candidates whose nomination4334
or election is to be submitted only to electors within a county,4335
subdivision, or district, excluding candidates for member of the4336
general assembly, and receive contributions or make expenditures4337
in connection with ballot questions or issues to be submitted only4338
to electors within a county, subdivision, or district shall file4339
the statements prescribed by section 3517.10 of the Revised Code4340
with the board of elections in that county or in the county4341
contained in whole or part within the subdivision or district4342
having a population greater than that of any other county4343
contained in whole or part within that subdivision or district, as4344
the case may be.4345

       (4) County political parties shall file the statements4346
prescribed by section 3517.10 of the Revised Code with the board4347
of elections of their respective counties.4348

       (B)(1) The official with whom petitions and other papers for4349
nomination or election to public office are filed shall furnish4350
each candidate at the time of that filing a copy of sections4351
3517.01, 3517.08 to 3517.11, 3517.13 to 3517.993, 3599.03, and4352
3599.031 of the Revised Code and any other materials that the4353
secretary of state may require. Each candidate receiving the4354
materials shall acknowledge their receipt in writing.4355

       (2) On or before the tenth day before the dates on which4356
statements are required to be filed by section 3517.10 of the4357
Revised Code, every candidate subject to the provisions of this4358
section and sections 3517.10 and 3517.106 of the Revised Code4359
shall be notified of the requirements and applicable penalties of4360
those sections. The secretary of state, by certified mail, return4361
receipt requested, shall notify all candidates required to file4362
those statements with the secretary of state's office. The board4363
of elections of every county shall notify by first class mail any4364
candidate who has personally appeared at the office of the board4365
on or before the tenth day before the statements are required to4366
be filed and signed a form, to be provided by the secretary of4367
state, attesting that the candidate has been notified of the4368
candidate's obligations under the campaign finance law. The board4369
shall forward the completed form to the secretary of state. The4370
board shall use certified mail, return receipt requested, to4371
notify all other candidates required to file those statements with4372
it.4373

       (3)(a) Any statement required to be filed under sections4374
3517.081 to 3517.17 of the Revised Code that is found to be4375
incomplete or inaccurate by the officer to whom it is submitted4376
shall be accepted on a conditional basis, and the person who filed4377
it shall be notified by certified mail as to the incomplete or4378
inaccurate nature of the statement. The secretary of state may4379
examine statements filed for candidates for thean office of4380
member of the general assembly for completeness and accuracy. The 4381
secretary of state shall examine for completeness and accuracy 4382
statements that campaign committees of candidates for thean4383
office of member of the general assemblyother than a statewide 4384
office file by electronic means of transmission pursuant to 4385
division (F) of section 3517.106 of the Revised Code. If an 4386
officer at the board of elections where a statement filed for a 4387
candidate for thean office of member of the general assembly4388
other than a statewide office was submitted finds the statement to 4389
be incomplete or inaccurate, the officer shall immediately notify 4390
the secretary of state of its incomplete or inaccurate nature. If 4391
either an officer at the board of elections or the secretary of 4392
state finds a statement filed for a candidate for thean office of 4393
member of the general assemblyother than a statewide office to be 4394
incomplete or inaccurate, only the secretary of state shall send 4395
the notification as to the incomplete or inaccurate nature of the4396
statement.4397

       Within twenty-one days after receipt of the notice, in the4398
case of a pre-election statement, a postelection statement, a 4399
monthly statement, or an annual statement prescribed by section 4400
3517.10, an annual statement prescribed by section 3517.101, or a 4401
statement prescribed by division (B)(2)(b) or (C)(2)(b) of section 4402
3517.105 or section 3517.107 of the Revised Code, the recipient 4403
shall file an addendum, amendment, or other correction to the 4404
statement providing the information necessary to complete or 4405
correct the statement. The secretary of state may require that, in 4406
lieu of filing an addendum, amendment, or other correction to a 4407
statement that is filed by electronic means of transmission to the 4408
office of the secretary of state or on computer disk with the 4409
appropriate board of elections pursuant to section 3517.106 of the4410
Revised Code, the recipient of the notice described in this 4411
division file by electronic means of transmission, or, until March 4412
1, 2004, on computer disk with the appropriate board of elections 4413
if the original statement was filed on computer disk, an amended 4414
statement that incorporates the information necessary to complete 4415
or correct the statement. The4416

       The secretary of state shall determine by rule when an 4417
addendum, amendment, or other correction to a two-business-day 4418
statement prescribed by section 3517.10 of the Revised Code or an 4419
amended two-business-day statement shall be filed. An addendum,4420
amendment, or other correction to a statement that is filed by4421
electronic means of transmission or on computer disk pursuant to4422
section 3517.106 of the Revised Code shall be filed in the same4423
manner as the statement. The4424

       The provisions of sections 3517.10 and 3517.106 of the 4425
Revised Code pertaining to the filing of statements of 4426
contributions and expenditures and statements of independent 4427
expenditures by electronic means of transmission or on computer4428
disk apply to the filing of addenda, amendments, or other4429
corrections to those statements by electronic means of4430
transmission or, until March 1, 2004, on computer disk and the4431
filing of amended statements by electronic means of transmission 4432
or, until March 1, 2004, on computer disk.4433

       (b) Within five business days after the secretary of state4434
receives, by electronic or other means of transmission, an4435
addendum, amendment, or other correction to a statement or an4436
amended statement under division (B)(3)(a) of this section, the4437
secretary of state, pursuant to divisions (E), (F), (G), and (I)4438
of section 3517.106 of the Revised Code, shall make the4439
contribution and expenditure information in that addendum,4440
amendment, correction, or amended statement available online to4441
the public through the internet.4442

       (4)(a) The secretary of state or the board of elections shall4443
examine all statements for compliance with sections 3517.08 to4444
3517.17 of the Revised Code.4445

       (b) The secretary of state may contract with an individual or 4446
entity not associated with the secretary of state and experienced 4447
in interpreting the campaign finance law of this state to conduct 4448
examinations of statements filed by any statewide candidate, as 4449
defined in section 3517.103 of the Revised Code.4450

       (c) The examination shall be conducted by a person or entity4451
qualified to conduct it. The results of the examination shall be4452
available to the public, and, when the examination is conducted by4453
an individual or entity not associated with the secretary of4454
state, the results of the examination shall be reported to the4455
secretary of state.4456

       (C)(1) In the event of a failure to file or a late filing of4457
a statement or report required to be filed under sections 3517.081 4458
to 3517.17 of the Revised Code or if a filed statement or any4459
addendum, amendment, or other correction to the statement or any 4460
amended statement, if an addendum, amendment, or other correction 4461
or an amended statement is required to be filed, or a report is 4462
incomplete or inaccurate or appears to disclose a failure to4463
comply with or a violation of law, the official whose duty it is4464
to examine the statement or report shall promptly file a complaint4465
with the Ohio elections commission under section 3517.153 of the 4466
Revised Code if the law is one over which the commission has4467
jurisdiction to hear complaints, or the official shall promptly 4468
report the failure or violation to the board of elections and the 4469
board shall promptly report it to the prosecuting attorney in 4470
accordance with division (J) of section 3501.11 of the Revised 4471
Code. If the official files a complaint with the commission, the 4472
commission shall proceed in accordance with sections 3517.154 to 4473
3517.157 of the Revised Code.4474

       (2) For purposes of division (C)(1) of this section, a4475
statement or, report, an addendum, amendment, or other correction4476
to a statement, or an amended statement required to be filed under4477
sections 3517.081 to 3517.17 of the Revised Code is incomplete or4478
inaccurate under this section if the statement or, report,4479
addendum, amendment, other correction, or amended statement fails4480
to disclose substantially all contributions that are received from4481
a source and that are required to be reported under sections4482
3517.10, 3517.107, and 3517.108, and 3517.1011 of the Revised Code 4483
or if the statement or, addendum, amendment, other correction, or 4484
amended statement fails to disclose at least ninety per cent of 4485
the total contributions received or of the total expenditures made 4486
during the reporting period.4487

       (D) No certificate of nomination or election shall be issued4488
to a person, and no person elected to an office shall enter upon4489
the performance of the duties of that office, until that person or4490
that person's campaign committee, as appropriate, has fully4491
complied with this section and sections 3517.08, 3517.081,4492
3517.10, and 3517.13 of the Revised Code.4493

       Sec. 3517.13.  (A)(1) No campaign committee for a candidate4494
whose candidacy for nomination or election was submitted to4495
electors throughout the entire state shall fail to file a complete4496
and accurate statement required under division (A)(1) of section4497
3517.10 of the Revised Code.4498

       (2) No campaign committee of a statewide candidate shall fail 4499
to file a complete and accurate monthly statement, and no campaign4500
committee of a statewide candidate or a candidate for the office 4501
of chief justice or justice of the supreme court shall fail to 4502
file a complete and accurate two-business-day statement, as4503
required under section 3517.10 of the Revised Code.4504

       As used in this division, "statewide candidate" has the same4505
meaning as in division (F)(2) of section 3517.10 of the Revised4506
Code.4507

       (B) No campaign committee for a candidate whose candidacy for 4508
nomination or election was submitted to electors within a county 4509
or district shall fail to file a complete and accurate statement4510
required under division (A)(1) of section 3517.10 of the Revised 4511
Code.4512

       (C) No campaign committee shall fail to file a complete and4513
accurate statement required under division (A)(2) of section4514
3517.10 of the Revised Code.4515

       (D) No campaign committee shall fail to file a complete and4516
accurate statement required under division (A)(3) of section4517
3517.10 of the Revised Code.4518

       (E) No person other than a campaign committee shall knowingly 4519
fail to file a statement required under section 3517.10 or4520
3517.107 of the Revised Code.4521

       (F) No person shall make cash contributions to any person4522
totaling more than one hundred dollars in each primary, special,4523
or general election.4524

       (G)(1)(a) No person shall knowingly conceal or misrepresent4525
contributions given or received,that are required to be reported 4526
by a provision in sections 3517.08 to 3517.13 of the Revised Code;4527

       (b) No person shall knowingly conceal or misrepresent4528
expenditures made, or any other information required to be 4529
reported by a provision in sections 3517.08 to 3517.13 and 3517.17 4530
of the Revised Code.4531

       (2)(a) No person shall make a contribution to a campaign4532
committee, political action committee, legislative campaign fund,4533
political party, or political contributing entity, or entity 4534
engaging in electioneering in the name of another person.4535

       (b) A person does not make a contribution in the name of4536
another when either of the following applies:4537

       (i) An individual makes a contribution from a partnership or4538
unincorporated business account, if the contribution is reported4539
by listing both the name of the partnership or unincorporated4540
business and the name of the partner or owner making the4541
contribution.4542

       (ii) A person makes a contribution in that person's spouse's4543
name or in both of their names.4544

       (H) No person within this state, publishing a newspaper or4545
other periodical, shall charge a campaign committee for political4546
advertising a rate in excess of the rate suchthat person would 4547
charge if the campaign committee were a general rate advertiser 4548
whose advertising was directed to promoting its business within 4549
the same area as that encompassed by the particular office that 4550
the candidate of the campaign committee is seeking. The rate shall4551
take into account the amount of space used, as well as the type of4552
advertising copy submitted by or on behalf of the campaign4553
committee. All discount privileges otherwise offered by a4554
newspaper or periodical to general rate advertisers shall be4555
available upon equal terms to all campaign committees.4556

       No person within this state, operating a radio or television4557
station or network of stations in this state, shall charge a4558
campaign committee for political broadcasts a rate that exceeds:4559

       (1) During the forty-five days preceding the date of a4560
primary election and during the sixty days preceding the date of a4561
general or special election in which the candidate of the campaign4562
committee is seeking office, the lowest unit charge of the station4563
for the same class and amount of time for the same period;4564

       (2) At any other time, the charges made for comparable use of 4565
suchthat station by its other users.4566

       (I) Subject to divisions (K), (L), (M), and (N) of this4567
section, no agency or department of this state or any political4568
subdivision shall award any contract, other than one let by4569
competitive bidding or a contract incidental to such contract or4570
which is by force account, for the purchase of goods costing more4571
than five hundred dollars or services costing more than five4572
hundred dollars to any individual, partnership, association,4573
including, without limitation, a professional association4574
organized under Chapter 1785. of the Revised Code, estate, or4575
trust if the individual has made or the individual's spouse has4576
made, or any partner, shareholder, administrator, executor, or4577
trustee, or the spousesspouse of any of them has made, as an 4578
individual, within the two previous calendar years, one or more 4579
contributions totaling in excess of one thousand dollars to the 4580
holder of the public office having ultimate responsibility for the 4581
award of the contract or to the public officer's campaign 4582
committee.4583

       (J) Subject to divisions (K), (L), (M), and (N) of this4584
section, no agency or department of this state or any political4585
subdivision shall award any contract, other than one let by4586
competitive bidding or a contract incidental to such contract or4587
which is by force account, for the purchase of goods costing more4588
than five hundred dollars or services costing more than five4589
hundred dollars to a corporation or business trust, except a4590
professional association organized under Chapter 1785. of the4591
Revised Code, if an owner of more than twenty per cent of the4592
corporation or business trust or the spouse of suchthat person,4593
has made, as an individual, within the two previous calendar 4594
years, taking into consideration only owners for all of suchthat4595
period, one or more contributions totaling in excess of one 4596
thousand dollars to the holder of a public office having ultimate 4597
responsibility for the award of the contract or to the public 4598
officer's campaign committee.4599

       (K) For purposes of divisions (I) and (J) of this section, if 4600
a public officer who is responsible for the award of a contract is 4601
appointed by the governor, whether or not the appointment is4602
subject to the advice and consent of the senate, excluding members4603
of boards, commissions, committees, authorities, councils, boards4604
of trustees, task forces, and other such entities appointed by the4605
governor, the office of the governor is considered to have4606
ultimate responsibility for the award of the contract.4607

       (L) For purposes of divisions (I) and (J) of this section, if 4608
a public officer who is responsible for the award of a contract is 4609
appointed by the elected chief executive officer of a municipal4610
corporation, or appointed by the elected chief executive officer4611
of a county operating under an alternative form of county4612
government or county charter, excluding members of boards,4613
commissions, committees, authorities, councils, boards of4614
trustees, task forces, and other such entities appointed by the4615
chief executive officer, the office of the chief executive officer4616
is considered to have ultimate responsibility for the award of the4617
contract.4618

       (M)(1) Divisions (I) and (J) of this section do not apply to4619
contracts awarded by the board of commissioners of the sinking4620
fund, municipal legislative authorities, boards of education,4621
boards of county commissioners, boards of township trustees, or4622
other boards, commissions, committees, authorities, councils,4623
boards of trustees, task forces, and other such entities created4624
by law, by the supreme court or courts of appeals, by county4625
courts consisting of more than one judge, courts of common pleas4626
consisting of more than one judge, or municipal courts consisting4627
of more than one judge, or by a division of any court if the4628
division consists of more than one judge. Division (M)(1) of this4629
section shall apply to the specified entity only if the members of4630
the entity act collectively in the award of a contract for goods4631
or services.4632

       (2) Divisions (I) and (J) of this section do not apply to4633
actions of the controlling board.4634

       (N)(1) Divisions (I) and (J) of this section apply to4635
contributions made to the holder of a public office having4636
ultimate responsibility for the award of a contract, or to the4637
public officer's campaign committee, during the time the person4638
holds the office and during any time such person was a candidate4639
for the office. TheseThose divisions do not apply to 4640
contributions made to, or to the campaign committee of, a 4641
candidate for or holder of the office other than the holder of the 4642
office at the time of the award of the contract.4643

       (2) Divisions (I) and (J) of this section do not apply to4644
contributions of a partner, shareholder, administrator, executor,4645
trustee, or owner of more than twenty per cent of a corporation or4646
business trust made before the person held any of those positions4647
or after the person ceased to hold any of those positions in the4648
partnership, association, estate, trust, corporation, or business4649
trust whose eligibility to be awarded a contract is being4650
determined, nor to contributions of the person's spouse made4651
before the person held any of those positions, after the person4652
ceased to hold any of those positions, before the two were4653
married, or after the granting of a decree of divorce, dissolution4654
of marriage, or nullityannulment, or after the granting of an 4655
order in an action brought solely for legal separation. These 4656
divisions do not apply to contributions of the spouse of an 4657
individual whose eligibility to be awarded a contract is being 4658
determined made before the two were married, or after the granting 4659
of a decree of divorce, dissolution of marriage, or nullity4660
annulment, or after the granting of an order in an action brought 4661
solely for legal separation.4662

       (O) No beneficiary of a campaign fund or other person shall4663
convert for personal use, and no person shall knowingly give to a4664
beneficiary of a campaign fund or any other person, for the4665
beneficiary's or any other person's personal use, anything of4666
value from the beneficiary's campaign fund, including, without4667
limitation, payments to a beneficiary for services the beneficiary4668
personally performs, except as reimbursement for any of the4669
following:4670

       (1) Legitimate and verifiable prior campaign expenses4671
incurred by the beneficiary;4672

       (2) Legitimate and verifiable, ordinary, and necessary prior4673
expenses incurred by the beneficiary in connection with duties as4674
the holder of a public office, including, without limitation,4675
expenses incurred through participation in nonpartisan or4676
bipartisan events if the participation of the holder of a public4677
office would normally be expected;4678

       (3) Legitimate and verifiable ordinary and necessary prior4679
expenses incurred by the beneficiary while doing any of the 4680
following:4681

       (a) EngagedEngaging in activities in support of or 4682
opposition to a candidate other than the beneficiary, political 4683
party, or ballot issue;4684

       (b) Raising funds for a political party, political action4685
committee, political contributing entity, legislative campaign4686
fund, campaign committee, or other candidate;4687

       (c) Participating in the activities of a political party,4688
political action committee, political contributing entity,4689
legislative campaign fundentity engaging in electioneering, or4690
campaign committee; or4691

       (d) Attending a political party convention or other political 4692
meeting.4693

       For purposes of this division, an expense is incurred4694
whenever a beneficiary has either made payment or is obligated to4695
make payment, as by the use of a credit card or other credit4696
procedure or by the use of goods or services received on account.4697

       (P) No beneficiary of a campaign fund shall knowingly accept, 4698
and no person shall knowingly give to the beneficiary of a4699
campaign fund, reimbursement for an expense under division (O) of4700
this section to the extent that the expense previously was4701
reimbursed or paid from another source of funds. If an expense is4702
reimbursed under division (O) of this section and is later paid or4703
reimbursed, wholly or in part, from another source of funds, the4704
beneficiary shall repay the reimbursement received under division4705
(O) of this section to the extent of the payment made or4706
reimbursement received from the other source.4707

       (Q) No candidate or public official or employee shall accept4708
for personal or business use anything of value from a political4709
party, political action committee, political contributing entity,4710
legislative campaign fundentity engaging in electioneering, or4711
campaign committee other than the candidate's or public official's 4712
or employee's own campaign committee, and no person shall 4713
knowingly give to a candidate or public official or employee 4714
anything of value from a political party, political action 4715
committee, political contributing entity, legislative campaign 4716
fundentity engaging in electioneering, or such a campaign 4717
committee, except for the following:4718

       (1) Reimbursement for legitimate and verifiable, ordinary,4719
and necessary prior expenses not otherwise prohibited by law4720
incurred by the candidate or public official or employee while4721
engaged in any legitimate activity of the political party,4722
political action committee, political contributing entity,4723
legislative campaign fundentity engaging in electioneering, or4724
such campaign committee. Without limitation, reimbursable expenses 4725
under this division include those incurred while doing any of the 4726
following:4727

       (a) EngagedEngaging in activities in support of or 4728
opposition to another candidate, political party, or ballot issue;4729

       (b) Raising funds for a political party, legislative campaign 4730
fund, campaign committee, or another candidate; or4731

       (c) Attending a political party convention or other political 4732
meeting.4733

       (2) Compensation not otherwise prohibited by law for actual4734
and valuable personal services rendered under a written contract4735
to the political party, political action committee, political4736
contributing entity, legislative campaign fundentity engaging in 4737
electioneering, or such campaign committee for any legitimate 4738
activity of the political party, political action committee, 4739
political contributing entity, legislative campaign fundentity 4740
engaging in electioneering, or such campaign committee.4741

       Reimbursable expenses under this division do not include, and4742
it is a violation of this division for a candidate or public4743
official or employee to accept, or for any person to knowingly4744
give to a candidate or public official or employee from a4745
political party, political action committee, political4746
contributing entity, legislative campaign fundentity engaging in 4747
electioneering, or campaign committee other than the candidate's 4748
or public official's or employee's own campaign committee, 4749
anything of value for activities primarily related to the 4750
candidate's or public official's or employee's own campaign for 4751
election, except for contributions to the candidate's or public 4752
official's or employee's campaign committee.4753

       For purposes of this division, an expense is incurred4754
whenever a candidate or public official or employee has either4755
made payment or is obligated to make payment, as by the use of a4756
credit card or other credit procedure, or by the use of goods or4757
services on account.4758

       (R)(1) Division (O) or (P) of this section does not prohibit4759
a campaign committee from making direct advance or post payment4760
from contributions to vendors for goods and services for which4761
reimbursement is permitted under division (O) of this section,4762
except that no campaign committee shall pay its candidate or other4763
beneficiary for services personally performed by the candidate or4764
other beneficiary.4765

       (2) If any expense that may be reimbursed under division (O), 4766
(P), or (Q) of this section is part of other expenses that may not 4767
be paid or reimbursed, the separation of the two types of expenses 4768
for the purpose of allocating for payment or reimbursement those 4769
expenses that may be paid or reimbursed may be by any reasonable 4770
accounting method, considering all of the surrounding 4771
circumstances.4772

       (3) For purposes of divisions (O), (P), and (Q) of this4773
section, mileage allowance at a rate not greater than that allowed4774
by the internal revenue service at the time the travel occurs may4775
be paid instead of reimbursement for actual travel expenses4776
allowable.4777

       (S)(1) As used in division (S) of this section:4778

       (a) "State elective office" has the same meaning as in4779
section 3517.092 of the Revised Code.4780

       (b) "Federal office" means a federal office as defined in the4781
Federal Election Campaign Act.4782

       (c)(b) "Federal campaign committee" means a principal 4783
campaign committee or authorized committee as defined in the 4784
Federal Election Campaign Act.4785

       (2) No person who is a candidate for state electivean office 4786
other than a federal office and who previously sought nomination 4787
or election to a federal office shall transfer any funds or assets 4788
from that person's federal campaign committee for nomination or 4789
election to the federal office to that person's campaign committee 4790
as a candidate for state electivean office other than a federal4791
office.4792

       (3) No campaign committee of a person who is a candidate for4793
state electivean office other than a federal office and who 4794
previously sought nomination or election to a federal office shall 4795
accept any funds or assets from that person's federal campaign4796
committee for that person's nomination or election to the federal 4797
office.4798

       (T)(1) Except as otherwise provided in division (B)(6)(c) of4799
section 3517.102 of the Revised Code, a state or county political4800
party shall not disburse moneys from any account other than a4801
state candidate fund to make contributions to any of the4802
following:4803

       (a) A state candidate fund;4804

       (b) A legislative campaign fund;4805

       (c) A campaign committee of a candidate for the office of4806
governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, auditor of4807
state, treasurer of state, attorney general, member of the state4808
board of education, or member of the general assembly.4809

       (2) No state candidate fund, legislative campaign fund, or4810
campaign committee of a candidate for any office described in4811
division (T)(1)(c) of this section shall knowingly accept a4812
contribution in violation of division (T)(1) of this section.4813

       (U) No person shall fail to file the statement required under 4814
section 3517.12 of the Revised Code.4815

       (V)(U) No campaign committee shall fail to file a statement4816
required under division (K)(3) of section 3517.10 of the Revised4817
Code.4818

       (W)(V)(1) No foreign national shall, directly or indirectly4819
through any other person or entity, make a contribution,4820
expenditure, or independent expenditure or promise, either4821
expressly or implicitly, to make a contribution, expenditure, or4822
independent expenditure in support of or opposition to a candidate4823
for any elective office in this state, including an office of a4824
political party.4825

       (2) No candidate, campaign committee, political action4826
committee, political contributing entity, legislative campaign4827
fund, state candidate fundentity engaging in electioneering, 4828
political party, or separate segregated fund shall solicit or 4829
accept a contribution, expenditure, or independent expenditure 4830
from a foreign national. The secretary of state may direct any 4831
candidate, committee, fund, entity, or party that accepts a 4832
contribution, expenditure, or independent expenditure in violation 4833
of this division to return the contribution, expenditure, or 4834
independent expenditure or, if it is not possible to return the 4835
contribution, expenditure, or independent expenditure, then to 4836
return instead the value of it, to the contributor.4837

       (3) As used in this section, "foreign national" has the same4838
meaning as in section 441e(b) of the Federal Election Campaign4839
Act.4840

       (W) No campaign committee, political action committee, 4841
political party, political contributing entity, or entity engaging 4842
in electioneering shall fail to report a contribution or 4843
expenditure as required to be reported on a campaign finance web 4844
site under division (C) of section 3517.1011 of the Revised Code.4845

       (X) No candidate, campaign committee, political action 4846
committee, political contributing entity, entity engaging in 4847
electioneering, political party, separate segregated fund, or 4848
other entity that accepts a contribution or contributions from any 4849
corporation shall make a contribution or promise, either expressly 4850
or implicitly, to make a contribution to any candidate or campaign 4851
committee.4852

       (Y) No candidate, campaign committee, political action 4853
committee, political party, political contributing entity, or 4854
entity engaging in electioneering shall fail to include, on a 4855
statement filed under section 3517.10 of the Revised Code or on a 4856
report of contribution information under division (C) of section 4857
3517.1011 of the Revised Code, the information required to be 4858
reported under division (B)(4)(g) of section 3517.10 of the 4859
Revised Code for any contribution received through the efforts of 4860
a political fundraiser.4861

       (Z) No candidate or holder of a public office shall solicit 4862
contributions on behalf of either of the following:4863

       (1) A political action committee;4864

       (2) An entity engaging in electioneering.4865

       (AA)(1) No candidate, campaign committee, political action 4866
committee, political party, political contributing entity, entity 4867
engaging in electioneering, continuing association, or other 4868
person, association, or entity shall do either of the following:4869

       (a) Pay or offer to pay any political fundraiser if that 4870
payment or the amount of that payment is contingent upon the 4871
amount of contributions raised by the political fundraiser;4872

       (b) Provide or offer to provide any type of bonus to any 4873
political fundraiser.4874

       (2) No political fundraiser shall do either of the following:4875

       (a) Accept any payment or offer of payment from a candidate, 4876
campaign committee, political action committee, political party, 4877
political contributing entity, entity engaging in electioneering, 4878
continuing association, or other person, association, or entity if 4879
the payment or the amount of the payment is contingent upon the 4880
amount of contributions raised by the political fundraiser;4881

       (b) Accept any type of bonus from a candidate, campaign 4882
committee, political action committee, political party, political 4883
contributing entity, entity engaging in electioneering, continuing 4884
association, or other person, association, or entity.4885

       (BB)(1) No person shall make a contribution to a political 4886
party, political action committee, or political contributing 4887
entity and designate or attempt to designate that the contribution 4888
be used, partially or exclusively, for a particular candidate.4889

       (2) No political party, political action committee, or 4890
political contributing entity shall accept any contribution that 4891
has been specifically designated for the partial or exclusive use 4892
of a particular candidate. Any contribution so designated shall be 4893
returned to the contributor and shall not be used or expended by 4894
or on behalf of the candidate.4895

       Sec. 3517.151.  (A) On and after January 1, 1996, complaints4896
Complaints with respect to acts or failures to act under the4897
sections listed in division (A) of section 3517.153 of the Revised4898
Code shall be filed with the Ohio elections commission created4899
under section 3517.152 of the Revised Code.4900

       (B)(1) If a complaint filed with the Ohio elections4901
commission created under section 3517.152 of the Revised Code4902
alleges an act or failure to act that occurred before August 24,4903
1995, and the commission imposes a fine, sections 3517.99 and4904
3517.991 of the Revised Code, and not sections 3517.992 and4905
3517.993 of the Revised Code, shall apply.4906

       (2) If a complaint filed with the Ohio elections commission4907
created under section 3517.152 of the Revised Code alleges an act4908
or failure to act that is a violation of section 3517.13 of the4909
Revised Code, former divisions (A) to (R) of that section apply to 4910
the act or failure to act if it occurred before August 24, 1995, 4911
former divisions (A) to (U) of that section apply to the act or 4912
failure to act if it occurs on or after August 24, 1995, but 4913
before July 13, 1998, former divisions (A) to (V) of that section 4914
apply to the act or failure to act if it occurs on or after July 4915
13, 1998, but before the effective date of this amendmentDecember 4916
22, 1999, andformer divisions (A) to (W) of that section apply to 4917
the act or failure to act if it occurs on or after the effective 4918
date of this amendmentDecember 22, 1999, but before the effective 4919
date of this amendment, and divisions (A) to (BB) of that section 4920
apply to the act or failure to act if it occurs on or after the 4921
effective date of this amendment.4922

       (C) The Ohio elections commission created under section4923
3517.14 of the Revised Code is abolished at the close of business4924
on December 31, 1995.4925

       Sec. 3517.152.  (A)(1) There is hereby created the Ohio 4926
elections commission consisting of seven members.4927

       Not later than forty-five days after August 24, 1995, the4928
speaker of the house of representatives and the leader in the 4929
senate of the political party of which the speaker is a member 4930
shall jointly submit to the governor a list of five persons who 4931
are affiliated with that political party. Not later than 4932
forty-five days after August 24, 1995, the two legislative leaders 4933
in the two houses of the general assembly of the major political 4934
party of which the speaker is not a member shall jointly submit to4935
the governor a list of five persons who are affiliated with the 4936
major political party of which the speaker is not a member. Not 4937
later than fifteen days after receiving each list, the governor 4938
shall appoint three persons from each list to the commission. The 4939
governor shall appoint one person from each list to a term that 4940
ends on December 31, 1996, one person from each list to a term4941
that ends on December 31, 1997, and one person from each list to a4942
term that ends on December 31, 1998.4943

       Not later than thirty days after the governor appoints these 4944
six members, they shall, by a majority vote, appoint to the 4945
commission a seventh member, who shall not be affiliated with a 4946
political party. If the six members fail to appoint the seventh 4947
member within this thirty-day period, the chief justice of the 4948
supreme court, not later than thirty days after the end of the 4949
period during which the six members were required to appoint a 4950
member, shall appoint the seventh member, who shall not be 4951
affiliated with a political party. The seventh member shall be 4952
appointed to a term that ends on December 31, 2001. Terms of the 4953
initial members appointed under this division begin on January 1, 4954
1996.4955

       (2) If a vacancy occurs in the position of the seventh 4956
member, who is not affiliated with a political party, the six 4957
remaining members by a majority vote shall appoint, not later than 4958
forty-five days after the date of the vacancy, the seventh member 4959
of the commission, who shall not be affiliated with a political 4960
party. If these members fail to appoint the seventh member within4961
this forty-five-day period, the chief justice of the supreme 4962
court, within fifteen days after the end of this period, shall 4963
appoint the seventh member, who shall not be affiliated with a 4964
political party. If a vacancy occurs in any of the other six 4965
positions on the commission, the legislative leaders of the 4966
political party from whose list of persons the member being 4967
replaced was appointed shall submit to the governor, not later 4968
than thirty days after the date of the vacancy, a list of three 4969
persons who are affiliated with that political party. Not later 4970
than fifteen days after receiving the list, the governor, with the 4971
advice and consent of the senate, shall appoint one person from 4972
the list to the commission.4973

       (3) At no time shall more than six members of the commission 4974
be affiliated with a political party, and, of these six members, 4975
not more than three shall be affiliated with the same political 4976
party.4977

       (4) In making appointments to the commission, the governor 4978
shall take into consideration the various geographic areas of this 4979
state and shall appoint members so that those areas are 4980
represented on the commission in a balanced manner, to the extent 4981
feasible.4982

       (5) Members of the commission shall be registered electors 4983
and shall be of good moral character.4984

       (B) Each member of the Ohio elections commission shall hold 4985
office from the date of the member's appointment until the end of 4986
the term for which the member was appointed. A member appointed to 4987
fill a vacancy occurring prior to the expiration of the term for 4988
which the member's predecessor was appointed shall hold office for 4989
the remainder of that term. A member shall continue in office 4990
subsequent to the expiration date of the member's term until the 4991
member's successor takes office or until a period of sixty days 4992
has elapsed, whichever occurs first. After the initial terms of 4993
office provided for in division (A)(1) of this section, terms of 4994
office shall be for five years.4995

       (C) A vacancy in the Ohio elections commission may be caused 4996
by death, resignation, or three absences from commission meetings 4997
in a calendar year if those absences are caused by reasons 4998
declared invalid by a vote of five members of the remaining 4999
members of the commission.5000

       (D) Each member of the Ohio elections commission while in the5001
performance of the business of the commission shall be entitled to 5002
receive compensation at the rate of twenty-five thousand dollars 5003
per year. Members shall be reimbursed for expenses actually and 5004
necessarily incurred in the performance of their duties.5005

       (E) No member of the Ohio elections commission shall serve 5006
more than one full term unless the terms served are served 5007
nonconsecutively.5008

       (F)(1) No member of the Ohio elections commission shall do or 5009
be any of the following:5010

       (a) Hold, or be a candidate for, a public office;5011

       (b) Serve on a committee supporting or opposing a candidate 5012
or ballot question or issue;5013

       (c) Be an officer of the state central committee, a county 5014
central committee, or a district, city, township, or other 5015
committee of a political party or an officer of the executive 5016
committee of the state central committee, a county central 5017
committee, or a district, city, township, or other committee of a 5018
political party;5019

       (d) Be a legislative agent as defined in section 101.70 of 5020
the Revised Code or an executive agency lobbyist as defined in 5021
section 121.60 of the Revised Code;5022

       (e) Solicit or be involved in soliciting contributions on 5023
behalf of a candidate, campaign committee, political party, 5024
political action committee, or political contributing entity, or 5025
entity engaging in electioneering;5026

       (f) Be in the unclassified service under section 124.11 of 5027
the Revised Code;5028

       (g) Be a person or employee described in divisions (C)(1) to 5029
(15) of section 4117.01 of the Revised Code.5030

       (2) No member or employee of the commission shall make a 5031
contribution to, or for the benefit of, a campaign committee or 5032
committee in support of or opposition to a ballot question or 5033
issue, a political party, a legislative campaign fund, a political 5034
action committee, or a political contributing entity, or an entity 5035
engaging in electioneering.5036

       (G)(1) The members of the Ohio elections commission shall 5037
elect a chairperson and a vice-chairperson. At no time shall the5038
chairperson and vice-chairperson be affiliated with the same 5039
political party. The chairperson shall serve in that capacity for5040
one year and shall not serve as chairperson more than twice during 5041
a term as a member of the commission. No two successive 5042
chairpersons shall be affiliated with the same political party.5043

       (2) The commission shall meet at the call of the chairperson 5044
or upon the written request of a majority of the members. The5045
meetings and hearings of the commission or a panel of the 5046
commission under sections 3517.153 to 3517.157 of the Revised Code 5047
are subject to section 121.22 of the Revised Code.5048

       (3) The commission shall adopt rules for its procedures in 5049
accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code. Five of the 5050
seven members constitute a quorum. Except as otherwise provided in 5051
this section and in sections 3517.154 to 3517.157 of the Revised 5052
Code, no action shall be taken without the concurrence of a 5053
majority of the members.5054

       (H)(1) The Ohio elections commission shall employ the5055
technical, professional, and clerical employees that are necessary5056
for it to carry out its duties.5057

       (2)(a) Notwithstanding section 109.02 of the Revised Code, 5058
the commission shall employ a full-time attorney, and, as needed, 5059
one or more investigatory attorneys to conduct investigations for 5060
the commission or a panel of the commission. The commission may 5061
employ or contract for the services of additional attorneys, as 5062
needed. The full-time attorney shall do all of the following:5063

       (i) Serve as the commission's attorney in regard to all legal 5064
matters, including representing the commission at appeals from a 5065
final determination of the commission, except that the full-time 5066
attorney shall not perform the duties that an investigatory 5067
attorney is required or requested to perform or that another 5068
attorney the commission employs or contracts with for services is 5069
required or requested to perform, and shall not represent the 5070
commission in any legal proceeding in which the commission is a 5071
named party;5072

       (ii) At the request of the commission or a panel of the 5073
commission, be present at a hearing held under sections 3517.154 5074
to 3517.156 of the Revised Code to rule on the admissibility of 5075
evidence and to advise on the conduct of procedure;5076

       (iii) Perform other duties as required by rule of the 5077
commission.5078

       (b) An attorney employed by or under contract with the 5079
commission shall be licensed to practice law in this state.5080

       (3)(a) Except as otherwise provided in division (H)(3)(b) of 5081
this section, at least five members of the commission shall agree 5082
on the employment of a person, a majority of the members shall 5083
agree on the discharge of an employee, and a person employed by 5084
the commission shall serve at the pleasure of the commission.5085

       (b) At least five of the seven members shall agree on the 5086
discharge of an investigatory attorney.5087

       (I) There is hereby created in the state treasury the Ohio 5088
elections commission fund. All moneys credited to the fund shall 5089
be used solely for the purpose of paying expenses related to the 5090
operation of the Ohio elections commission.5091

       Sec. 3517.154.  (A)(1) The full-time attorney for the Ohio 5092
elections commission shall review each complaint filed with the 5093
commission under section 3517.153 of the Revised Code, shall 5094
determine the nature of the complaint, and, unless division 5095
(A)(2)(a) of this section requires that the complaint receive an 5096
automatic expedited hearing, shall make a recommendation to the 5097
commission for its disposition, in accordance with this section. 5098
The attorney shall make the determination and the recommendation, 5099
if required, not later than one business day after the complaint 5100
is filed.5101

       (2)(a) If the attorney determines that the complaint sets 5102
forth a violation of division (B) of section 3517.21 or division 5103
(B) of section 3517.22 of the Revised Code and that the complaint 5104
is filed during one of the periods of time specified in division5105
(B)(1) of section 3517.156 of the Revised Code, or that the 5106
complaint sets forth a violation described in division (D) of 5107
section 3517.1010 of the Revised Code, the complaint shall receive 5108
an automatic expedited hearing under section 3517.156 of the5109
Revised Code.5110

       (b) If the attorney determines that the complaint sets forth 5111
a failure to comply with or a violation of division (G), (I), (J), 5112
(O), (P), or (Q) of section 3517.13, division (A) of section 5113
3517.21, or division (A) of section 3517.22 of the Revised Code 5114
and that the complaint is filed during one of the periods of time 5115
specified in division (B)(1) of section 3517.156 of the Revised 5116
Code, the attorney shall recommend to the commission that the 5117
complaint receive an expedited hearing under section 3517.156 of 5118
the Revised Code, and the complaint shall receive such a hearing.5119

       (c) If the attorney determines that the complaint sets forth 5120
a failure to comply with or a violation of a section of the 5121
Revised Code over which the commission has jurisdiction to hear 5122
complaints other than the sections described in divisions5123
(A)(2)(a) and (b) of this section, and unless the attorney makes a 5124
determination as provided for in division (A)(3) of this section, 5125
the attorney shall recommend to the commission that the complaint 5126
be submitted to the commission under section 3517.155 of the 5127
Revised Code. After the attorney makes that recommendation, the 5128
attorney shall notify all parties to the complaint of the 5129
attorney's recommendation.5130

       (3)(a) If a complaint sets forth a failure to comply with or 5131
a violation of a section of the Revised Code over which the5132
commission has jurisdiction to hear complaints other than the5133
sections described in divisions (A)(2)(a) and (b) of this section 5134
and if the complaint is filed during one of the periods of time 5135
specified in division (B)(1) of section 3517.156 of the Revised 5136
Code, the attorney may determine that the complaint should receive 5137
an expedited hearing under that section. The attorney shall make 5138
that determination by considering one or more of the following:5139

       (i) The number of prior failures to comply with or violations 5140
of Title XXXV of the Revised Code that the person or entity5141
against whom the complaint has been brought has committed and any 5142
prior penalties the commission has imposed on the person or 5143
entity;5144

       (ii) If the complaint involves a statement required to be 5145
filed under section 3517.10, division (E) of section 3517.102, or 5146
section 3517.103, 3517.105, 3517.107, 3517.108, or 3517.109 of the 5147
Revised Code or an addendum required to be filed under section5148
3517.11 of the Revised Code that is filed late, how late the 5149
filing is and how much time has elapsed between the deadline for 5150
filing the statement or addendum and the filing of the complaint;5151

       (iii) If the complaint involves contributions or expenditures 5152
required to be reported under section 3517.10, division (E) of 5153
section 3517.102, or section 3517.105, 3517.107, 3517.108, or5154
3517.109, or 3517.1011 of the Revised Code that are either not 5155
reported or reported late, the number of contributions or 5156
expenditures not reported or how late they were reported;5157

       (iv) If the complaint involves contributions required to be 5158
reported by a campaign committee under section 3517.10, division 5159
(E) of section 3517.102, or section 3517.105, 3517.107, 3517.108, 5160
or 3517.109, or 3517.1011 of the Revised Code that are not5161
reported, whether any of the contributors of the contributions not 5162
reported have a personal or professional relationship with the 5163
campaign committee's candidate;5164

       (v) If the complaint involves a statement required to be 5165
filed under section 3517.10, division (E) of section 3517.102, or 5166
section 3517.103, 3517.105, 3517.107, 3517.108, or 3517.109 of the 5167
Revised Code that is incomplete or a report required to be made on 5168
a campaign finance web site under section 3517.1011 of the Revised 5169
Code that is incomplete, the degree to which it is incomplete;5170

       (vi) If the complaint involves the receipt of contributions 5171
in violation of section 3599.03 of the Revised Code, the dollar 5172