Ohio expands ban on foreign political donations: What it could mean for November

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Republican state lawmakers had the November election – and a specific major funder of liberal politics nationwide – in mind when they passed a new law earlier this month expanding the state’s existing ban on political contributions by foreigners.

But it remains to be seen whether the law will have its intended effect – stopping the liberal dark money group, the Sixteen Thirty Fund, from writing more multi-million dollar checks to state ballot campaigns here – or whether it may even have unintended ones, such as broadly discouraging any form of anonymous political spending in Ohio, as is possible under the way the law is written.

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