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Judicial Campaigns and Elections: Ohio

Campaign Financing

Since 2000, candidates for the Ohio Supreme Court have raised $18.7 million. Six of the seven current members of the court raised at least $1 million each in their most recent campaigns. (The only justice who did not was unopposed for reelection.) 

As of 2009, limits on campaign contributions from individuals are set at $3,450 for supreme court candidates; $1,150 for court of appeals candidates; and $575 for candidates for the court of common pleas, municipal court, and county court. PAC contribution limits are set at $6,325 for supreme court candidates and $3,450 for candidates for other courts. Limits are the same for both the primary and general elections. However, if a primary is uncontested, the general election limits apply throughout the fundraising period.

A number of organizations track campaign contributions to Ohio Supreme Court justices, including Ohio Citizen Action, the American Friends Service Committee of Northeast Ohio, and the National Institute on Money in State Politics.

In 2008, the Midwest Democracy Network and the Justice at Stake Campaign released a report on recent judicial elections in five Midwestern states, including Ohio. Click here to read “The New Politics of Judicial Elections in the Great Lakes States, 2000-2008.”

See below for National Institute on Money in State Politics data on contributions to state high court candidates.

Amounts raised by each candidate at the most recent election cycle:

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