Financial Disclosure

CANDIDATES APPEARING ON A PRIMARY ELECTION BALLOTOhio House and Senate candidates are required to file the Financial Disclosure Statement no later than the thirtieth day before the primary election. Write-in candidates are required to file the Financial Disclosure Statement no later than twenty days prior to the election at which their candidacy is to be voted on.

All legislative candidates, current members and designated employees of the Ohio General Assembly, former members and designated employees who served at any point in 2021, and designated employees of the state’s legislative agencies file a FDS with JLEC. A FDS requires filers to disclose information regarding their personal finances and fiduciary relationships for the previous year.  Financial disclosure statements assist members, employees, and the public to identify and avoid potential conflicts of interest.  The 2021 Financial Disclosure Statement will be accessible in mid-December. Please note the 2021 FDS will not be accepted prior to January 1, 2022.

Benefits of Electronic Filing

Electronic filing reduces errors, makes the completion of your future filings much easier, and provides:

  • Assurance that you have completed all necessary sections.
  • Immediate receipt showing that your statement is filed.
  • Print, view, or save a time-stamped copy of your completed statement.
  • In subsequent years, your financial disclosure statement is pre-populated with information from the immediately prior year’s electronic statement. You will only need to update your statement before filing.
  • Payment of filing fees can be made via credit card.

The financial disclosure requirement is separate from a candidate’s requirement to file campaign finance reports. Questions regarding campaign finance should be directed to the Ohio Secretary of State.  Filed campaign finance reports may be searched through the Secretary of State’s website: here.

Local, county or state public officials and employees who were not a member or employee of the General Assembly during the preceding calendar year and who are not currently a member of or candidate for the General Assembly may file a FDS with the Ohio Ethics Commission.

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