$3 Million Spent On Failed Columbus School Levy Campaign

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A group spent $3 million advocating for the ill-fated Columbus school levy last month, making it one of the most expensive such campaigns ever in Ohio.

Campaign finance reports released last week showed that more than $800,000 was raised in the final few weeks of the campaign. Reports show $100,000 donations were still coming in days before the polls opened.

Damon Asbury, who oversees legislative services for the Ohio School Boards Association, tells The Columbus Dispatch that it's likely a record. He said a $100,000 levy-campaign budget would be typical for a large district.

Columbus City Schools sought a combined 9.01-mill levy and bond issue in November.

Voters rejected it 45,453 to 20,241. That means the group — called Reimagine Columbus Education — spent about $150 per yes vote.