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Campaign Finance Handbook

Handbook

The Ohio Campaign Finance Handbook assists all reporting entities in navigating the various regulatory paths established by Ohio law.  Each of the handbook's chapters discusses specific entity types or areas of campaign finance activity and can serve as a map for the reader to understand each area of regulation and reporting applicable to their circumstance. 

Local candidates and other political entities can also receive filing information from the board of elections located in their county. For a list of all county boards of elections, visit the board directory.

All chapters (except otherwise noted) revised March 2013

Introduction (PDF)

1. Definitions (PDF)

2. Candidates (PDF)

3. Statewide and General Assembly Candidates (PDF)

4. Legislative Campaign Funds (PDF)

5. Political Party Accounts (PDF) 

6. Political Action Committees (PDF)

7. Political Contributing Entities (PDF)

8. Ballot Issue Committees (PDF)

9. Businesses and Labor Organizations (PDF)

10. Electioneering Communication (PDF)

11. Electronic Filing of Campaign Finance Reports (PDF)

12. Disclaimers (PDF) (Updated September 2014)

13. Duties of the Secretary of State and County Boards of Elections (PDF) 

14. Ohio Elections Commission (PDF)

15. Other Resources (PDF)

16. Transition Funds (PDF)

17. FAQs (PDF)

Statutes & Administrative Rules

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