OHIO 01 (R -- CHABOT) | OH-1

Pureval Polling at Center of Investigation Focused Solely on House Race

The campaign paid for the polling from its federal and local campaign accounts, claiming it polled both races.

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Drew Gerber
Sept. 27, 2018, 10:43 a.m.

The polling that raised questions about whether Hamilton County Clerk of Courts Aftab Pureval (D) used local campaign funds for congressional campaign expenses only asked questions regarding his race against Rep. Steve Chabot (R), which "undermines repeated claims by" the campaign "that it was for both a future clerk of courts run and an exploration of a congressional run."

Though titled "Polling in OH-1 shows opportunity for Aftab Pureval," Pureval said Wednesday that the poll was to "test the waters" about launching a congressional campaign. Since the poll was to be used to decide whether Pureval should stay on in his county role, the campaign said it decided the polling needed to be expensed from both accounts.

"The final determination is up to the Ohio Elections Commission, which last week voted 6-1 to investigate Pureval's clerks of courts spending. If violations are found, potential fines for the failure to file accurate campaign finance reports can be $15 to $100 per day and the case could be referred to a prosecutor for criminal charges." (Cincinnati Enquirer)

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