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Ohio Elections Commission orders discovery against dark money group

October 3, 2014

The Finney Law Firm is counsel to the Smitherman for City Council Committee.  As he ran for reelection in 2013, a dark-money group called Cincinnatians for Jobs Now produced and ran hundreds of thousands of dollars in negative advertisements disparaging Council member Smitherman, encouraging voters to oppose his re-election to Council, and  promoting the election of certain other candidates for Mayor and City Council.  The shadow committee filed no campaign finance reports, which would have identified its income and expenses.

Our firm has filed a Complaint with the Ohio Elections Commission to force compliance with campaign finance reporting laws.

This week, the Ohio Elections Commission ruled on pending motions on discovery, and required Cincinnatians for Jobs Now to produce documents and submit participants to depositions, as sought by our client.

You may read the OEC order here.