Campaign Coverage 2020

Ohio elections chief seeks openness for dark money groups

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's Republican elections chief is backing legislative efforts to make plain who contributes to so-called dark money groups when politics is involved. The push by Secretary of State Frank LaRose follows the indictment of the former speaker of the Ohio House and four others in a $60 million federal bribery probe. Prosecutors allege ex-GOP Speaker Larry Householder shepherded money through a nonprofit organization called Generation Now to enact a legislative bailout of two aging nuclear power plants. Generation Now's contributors and spending are shielded under federal law. LaRose wants the original source of such money made publicly accessible.

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