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Calls for campaign finance reform in Ohio

Voters [in Ohio] who want to see who's giving to now-secret campaign accounts could get their wish by the end of this year.

A burgeoning Statehouse fund-raising scandal has prompted some Ohio officials to push for quick passage of campaign finance reforms and caused others who once opposed the reforms to embrace them.

"I'm confident that the legislature will pass needed campaign finance reforms before the end of this session," Senate President Doug White, an Adams County Republican, said in a written statement Wednesday.

His comments followed Secretary of State Ken Blackwell's call for Gov. Bob Taft to convene a special session of the General Assembly, which is on summer recess, to pass wholesale changes to Ohio's campaign finance laws. -- Scandal aids call for campaign finance reform (Cleveland Plain Dealer)