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Campaign Finance

Information on campaign finance is available throught the Ohio Secretary of State's website.  The Ohio Campaign Finance Handbook contains information to assist candidates and/or committees for public office in filing Campaign Finance reports.

In addition to these guides, there are several tools available here to assist you in your campaign.The Ohio Secretary of State provides numerous resources to assist in filing, personal financial disclosure reporting, and a search for campaign finance filings in Ohio. 

Form a Committee - How to Begin

All candidates, political action committees, political parties, or political contributing entities who receive or spend money other than the filing fee must designate a treasurer to handle campaign related funds and expenses and to file the required reports.  The Designation of Treasurer form must be filed before any contributions are accepted or any expenditures are made.

Deadlines

For full instructions and additional filing requirements, see the Secretary of State's website.

Semi-Annual Reports

Note:  Any open campaign committee (excluding judicial candidates) that was not required to file a post primary report is required to file a semi-annual report detailing contributions and expenditures from the date of the last report filed through deadline.

General/Primary Election Reports

Note:  If the candidate has contributions or expenditures of $1000.00 or more, a pre-elections report must be filed detailing contributions and expenditures from the date of the last report filed through the deadline.

Post Election Report

Note:  All candidates (unless a waiver is filed) must file a post elections report detailing contributions and expenditures from the date of the last report filed through seven days prior to the date of filing.

Annual Report

Note:  Any campaign committee which was not required to file a post general election report must file an Annual report. 

For candidate information please go to the Campaign Finance page on the Secretary of State's website.  There you will find all of the forms you need to file.   If you have any questions, please feel free to call the Board of Elections office at 937-642-2836.