Ohio Report for Friday, August 22, 2014

GOP Legislative Caucuses' New Building Funds Off To A Strong Start

Months after lawmakers gave their caucus campaigns the ability to accept direct corporate contributions for office expenses, money flowed into House Republicans' new building fund to pay for rent, utilities, computers, cleaning service and even catered food.

Political parties have long been able to solicit corporations, unions and individuals for donations to building funds that don't directly pay for campaign-related expenses, like consultants or advertising. An amendment to last year's biennial budget (HB 59*) expanded the concept to the General Assembly's four legislative caucuses.

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