Ohio Democratic Party Files Complaint Over “Misleading” Dark-Money Ad Attacking Ohio Supreme Court Candidate

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Democratic Party today filed a complaint with the Ohio State Bar Association’s Judicial Election Campaign Advertising Monitoring Committee requesting it review the Republican State Leadership Committee’s commercial for its misleading content that impugns the integrity of Judge Jennifer Brunner and two sitting members of the Ohio Supreme Court.

The complaint also calls on Justices Sharon Kennedy and Judi French to adhere to their “clean campaign pledge,” disavow the advertisement and publicly call on the RSLC to discontinue airing it.

“If Justices Sharon Kennedy and Judi French are going to make ‘clean campaign pledges,’ then they are obliged to adhere to them,” said Ohio Democratic Party Executive Director Greg Beswick. “This is straightforward — the ad makes false statements, has been judged to be ‘misleading’ by an independent fact checker and impugns a sitting appellate judge and candidate, along with two current members of the Ohio Supreme Court. The Ohio State Bar Association must take action, and Kennedy and French must publicly disavow this ad and demand it be taken down.”