Supporters of Columbus schools levy spent more than $3 million

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The group that pushed for passage of the Columbus schools levy raised $800,000 more in the last few weeks of the campaign, putting it over the $3 million mark.

It appears to be one of the most-expensive school-levy campaigns — if not the most costly — in Ohio. Final campaign-finance reports, released late last week, show that $100,000 donations were coming in days before the polls opened.

“I would say that’s a record,” said Damon Asbury, who oversees legislative services for the Ohio School Boards Association. A $100,000 levy-campaign budget would be typical for a large district, Asbury said. But $3 million is not.

“Mostly, you’re not buying air time; you’re buying yard signs and bumper stickers and pins,” he said.

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