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Ohio: legislation may allow corporation contributions

The Toledo Blade reports: Those who have urged the General Assembly to force corporations that have anonymously bankrolled ads targeting Ohio Supreme Court candidates to come out from cover now fear they may get more than they bargained for.

State lawmakers are considering legislation that, for the first time, could write into state law the right of a corporation to directly participate in Ohio's political process, even if they have to do it in public.

"It proposes to legalize electioneering communication funded by corporations and does so in a rather radical way without limitation," said Cliff Arnebeck, attorney for Alliance for Democracy. "Ohio for nearly 100 years has prohibited corporate treasury money from influencing elections."

There is also talk of raising or eliminating contribution caps to candidates. Caps are currently $2,500 each for the primary and general elections. -- toledoblade.com