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Campaign Finance Laws

In order to ensure that elections are conducted as freely and fairly as possible and are not tainted by corruption, federal, state, and local governments have enacted campaign finance laws and adopted rules that regulate the activities of candidates, ballot issue committees, donors, and other persons or entities involved in the electoral process.

Federal Elections Commission

The laws governing federal candidates are administered in large part by the Federal Elections Commission. Candidates or those considering running for federal office will find a complete guide to campaign finance laws (PDF), filing requirements, as well as a publication library on the FEC site.

Finance Handbook
Candidates for state and most local offices are subject to Ohio’s campaign finance laws and rules. The Secretary of State’s Campaign Finance Handbook is a comprehensive guide to the rules and laws that govern contributions and expenditures as well as a complete inventory of reporting forms and instructions on how to complete and file them.