The Detroit News reports that an Ohio group was fined $5.2 million for campaign finance violations.
The Ohio Elections Commission voted 5-0 Thursday to fine All Children Matter for funneling $870,000 through its Virginia affiliate to its political action committee in Ohio, which the commission said is illegal under Ohio campaign finance law. The money was used to back pro-school-choice Republican candidates in statewide and legislative races in 2006.
The fine will be appealed by All Children Matter. Officials for the Grand Rapids-based group say the commission wrongly interpreted the law, adding that such a restriction on the flow of campaign money is unconstitutional.
Ohio’s Attorney General and Secretrary of State issued a release regarding the decision.