In an effort to encourage more transparent and accountable municipal political campaigns, the City of Columbus adopted new campaign finance laws in 2019. The new laws are also designed to prevent dark money campaigns and unlimited funds from influencing municipal races.
Places limitations on annual contributions in line with State of Ohio campaign finance law.
Creates requirements for mandatory disclosure of political communications.
Initiates a comprehensive audit and hearing process to report and investigate alleged violations.
Permits nonrefundable municipal tax credits for individuals and joint filers if filing city tax returns.
The Columbus Campaign Finance Database offers campaign committees an online interface to register, designate a campaign committee treasurer, and to input or upload data related to campaign contributions, expenditures, and other transactions. This system is searchable, offering residents an opportunity to learn more about campaigns and the campaign finance process.
Campaign Finance Database
If you would like to search or input data into the campaign finance database, please visit the online database page
Columbus City Code
Current: Ordinance 3386-2018 / Repealed: Ordinance 3198-2017
*Please note: updates to the Campaign Finance database and materials in progress