With Ohio's commitment to its online checkbook, the state continues to set an example for open financial data at the local level.Continue reading
Ohio boosts local financial transparency with online checkbook
Ohio is leading the way on financial transparency with its new online checkbook, allowing anyone to easily access local spending data.Continue reading
Another Mandel aide runs Ohio-based dark money group
Dexter F. Vaughan, a 27-year-old former staffer for Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel, led a political nonprofit that spent $1 million attacking gubernatorial candidates in Rhode Island and Illinois.Continue reading
NAM authorized $1 million in undisclosed spending
The National Association of Manufacturers authorized close to $1 million on ads in Ohio over a two-week period, according to files uncovered with Sunlight's Political Ad Sleuth.
Update 10/18/2012, 10:15 a.m.: NAM seems to have focused its firepower on the Cincinnati market. An analysis of the ad buys by Sunlight turned up 161 spots on Cincinnati stations, compared to 96 in Cleveland and 40 in Columbus. This only includes stations that are required to file their ad buys with the Federal Communications Commission's online database. Only 11 of Ohio's 40 television stations are ...Continue reading
In Ohio ad wars, the Democrats are on top
In Ohio, which is playing host to both presidential campaigns today, Democrats appear to be pulling ahead in the money race -- and in the polls -- an analysis by the Sunlight Foundation has found.
With President Obama and his Republican rival, Mitt Romney, barnstorming the state Wednesday, Sunlight decided to take a look at how their campaigns, and other candidates in the critical swing state, are faring. It looks like the Democrats have the advantage so far, when ad spending by outside groups and the candidates’ campaigns are weighed together. Because the Federal Election Commission does not require groups or campaigns ...Continue reading