Charter Committee Files Election Complaint against Cranley Re-Election Campaign
The Charter Committee of Greater Cincinnati has filed a complaint with the Ohio Elections Commission alleging that Mayor John Cranley’s Campaign Committee failed to disclose the owners of more than 270 Limited Liability Companies (LLC) that donated in excess of $260,000 to his primary re-election campaign. (The complaint can be found here and a list of Cranley’s LLC donors is can be found here).
The complaint alleges that Ohio’s campaign finance laws allow candidates to accept LLC donations only if they report the name and address of the LLC owner to which the donation is attributed. Cranley campaign finance filings before the May 2017 primary do not list the owners of more than 260 LLC Donors.
The Charter Committee is a non-partisan political and civic organization which, since the 1920’s, has worked to improve the quality and integrity of Cincinnati city government.
Bob Dehner, the President of Charter noted that “Charter’s core values include full accountability and transparency for local governments and elected officials. That includes campaign finance laws that allow voters to understand the source of candidates’ financial support. The failure to identify the individuals providing LLC donations to elected officials denies voters a meaningful opportunity to understand the sources of a candidate’s campaign money.”
The Ohio Election Commission has the authority to hear complaints about violations of Ohio campaign finance laws and impose fines for violations.
The complaint asks the Ohio Elections Commission to impose fines for the violation of Ohio election law, and to require the Cranley campaign to either report the owners of its LLC donors or return any improperly accepted contributions.
To download an official copy of our press release on this matter, please click here.
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The Charter Committee