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Joe Blystone told to refund campaign cash

Joe Blystone, running for Ohio Governor in 2022.
Jo Ingles
Ohio Public Radio
Joe Blystone, running for Ohio Governor in 2022.

The Ohio Secretary of State’s office said Joe Blystone, a Republican challenging Governor Mike DeWine in the upcoming election must refund $100,000 in campaign contributions.

The office said the money collected by political newcomer Joe Blystone violated limits on cash donations and bans on corporate contributions.

The central Ohio farmer has until Friday to respond to the violations. A message-seeking comment was left with the Blystone campaign on Wednesday.

The secretary of state’s office said a review of Blystone’s campaign finance reports from 2021 also found missing information about donors and missing or vague details about expenditures and contributors.