Industries & Practices

Election Law & Campaign Finance

Overview

The electoral process, especially in Ohio, has undergone significant changes in recent years. A dramatic increase in ballot issue activity, legislative reforms and judicial activity have contributed to this evolving area of the law. In addition to key campaign finance reforms, Ohio’s process for candidates, issue campaigns, parties and others to participate in the political process has been amended significantly.

Political participation is an essential activity for many businesses and organizations. Understanding and complying with election-related laws, regulations and financial requirements is crucial, and failure to abide by the laws can be costly. From suggesting best practices to preparing and filing reports, Bricker & Eckler works with numerous candidates, political action committees (PACs) and corporations to make sure they comply with the requirements.

Our attorneys assist in the following areas:

  • Monitoring corporate involvement in political activity
  • Advising on political contribution limits, fundraising methods, and in-kind and independent expenditures for PACs, corporations, individuals, candidates and issue campaign committees
  • Interpreting registration, reporting, disclaimer and advertising requirements and prohibitions
  • Developing legal strategies for the promotion or defeat of issue ballots
  • Advising candidates for political office and state, local and national political parties and caucuses
  • Representing PACs, candidates and political parties before the Ohio Elections Commission and the Federal Election Commission
  • Preparing and soliciting requests for public and private advisory opinions regarding state and federal election laws
  • Ensuring pay-to-play compliance
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Insights & Resources
Resource Centers

This compilation of information about the Ohio legislature includes general resources and overviews of pending and enacted legislation related to the education, energy and environment, public sector, health care and insurance industries. For more information, please visit our 132nd General Assembly 2017-18 Resource Center.

This online resource contains up-to-date information on the Ohio budget for fiscal years 2018 and 2019 as it moves through the Ohio General Assembly. Information on the previous two budget cycles is also available. For more information, please visit our State of Ohio Budget Resource Center.

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Christiane W. Schmenk Of Counsel
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Christopher N. Slagle Partner
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Elisabeth A. Squeglia Partner
Columbus
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