Axelrod Laliberte Successfully Stops Campaign Finance Investigation

Columbus, Ohio (June 2011) — Axelrod Laliberte successfully challenges Ohio Secretary of State’s ability to issue subpoenas beyond the state’s borders when investigating alleged campaign finance violations.

Axelrod Laliberte represented political consultant Norm Cummings. Mr. Cummings was a consultant to LetOhioVote.org, an organization that opposed the efforts of former Governor Ted Strickland and the state legislature to add electronic slot machines at horse-racing tracks. Then Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner issued subpoenas to Mr. Cummings, members of LetOhioVote.org, and others to obtain information concerning alleged noncompliance with Ohio campaign-finance law.

Brian Laliberte and David Axelrod argued that the Ohio Secretary of State did not have extraterritorial subpoena authority under Ohio campaign finance law and the United States Constitution. U.S. District Court Judge George C. Smith agreed the Ohio Secretary of State cannot force nonresidents of Ohio to appear in the state to testify and produce documents concerning LetOhioVote.org’s funding sources.

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For more information about this successful conclusion, please contact Brian Laliberte at 614.545.6306, brian@axelrodohio.com.