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Ohio county GOP turns down money

As Republican parties in surrounding counties raise hundreds of thousands of dollars through fund-raising tactics employed by powerful politicians, Licking County [Ohio] GOP leaders want none of it.

At least not anymore. ...

And while big campaign donations continue to flow into rural GOP operations in Muskingum, Perry and Hocking counties, the checks stopped coming to Licking County nearly two years ago. At the end of April, county GOP officials emptied the last $14,000 from their state candidate fund.

"I really don't like the state candidate fund," said Curtis Johnson, who took over as county GOP chairman in June 2002. "I think it's only an excuse to skirt campaign finance laws." -- Licking GOP stops state fund-raising (newarkadvocate.com)