Luckie, who spent 10 years on the Dayton School Board and six years in the Ohio House, was eventually caught and served three years in prison before his release in March 2016.
“I continue to believe filing bank statements makes sense — otherwise a candidate, treasurer or committee just reports what they want and there is no cross-check on its accuracy,” said Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien, who prosecuted the Luckie case. “The boards of elections or secretary of state just take them at face value.”
Josh Eck, spokesman for Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, said Husted still supports getting authority to access bank records for campaign finance reports.
“In the end, if we want appropriate oversight into the campaign finance laws already on the books, a necessary ingredient is having access to those records,” Eck said.
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Mandating that bank records get submitted along with campaign finance reports would require a change in state law from the Ohio General Assembly.
Husted, a Republican and former lawmaker, said he’s not sure why that hasn’t happened, but he did make an interesting observation.
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“It’s the people who have to file the reports are also in charge of making the laws,” he said. “What we have asked the General Assembly to do is give us access to information.”
Without that access, said Husted, his office is “nothing more than a reporting mechanism. We can’t be an accountability tool.”
Although some people, like Luckie, do get caught, Eck said if access to bank records was granted, “the red flags would go up earlier.”