Here’s follow-up on a case I’ve previously noted involving Ohio state Rep. John Widowfield.
Philip Richter, executive director of the Elections Commission, said the matter will be taken up at the group’s meeting next Thursday. Widowfield has asked that the matter be referred to Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien for a potential misdemeanor charge, which Richter said is likely.
Widowfield also will face a misdemeanor ethics charge for filing a false financial disclosure statement.
O’Brien said he expects to combine the charges and have the matter wrapped up by the end of the month. Though the law allows for jail time, O’Brien said, Widowfield likely will be only fined.
All state lawmakers have the chance to buy Ohio State football tickets, and doing so with campaign money is legal and common. Selling them for personal profit is an illegal use of campaign funds for personal benefit, though.