In September, the LPO filed a 23-page complaint with the Ohio Elections Commission over being left out of the debate in Dayton. The complaint alleged that hosting the debate amounted to an illegal campaign contribution to DeWine and Cordray from the University of Dayton.
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The University of Dayton has said that it had set a 10-percent polling requirement for candidates to participate in the debate.
“The biggest difference with this latest filing is that neither Marietta College nor the City Club of Cleveland even pretended to employ a polling formula. The latter openly admits its debate was between only the major-party candidates,” said Mark Brown, attorney for the Libertarian Party of Ohio.
The complaint notes that the City Club of Cleveland offered to host a minor-party forum, which the LPO rejected as an unacceptable solution but Gadell-Newton accepted.