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President loses control of Ohio House Republicans’ campaign account until at least October

President loses control of Ohio House Republicans’ campaign account until at least October

President loses control of Ohio House Republicans’ campaign account until at least October

The Ohio House speaker lost control over House Republicans’ campaign fund until a trial in October, ordered by a Franklin County judge.

It is the latest in the ongoing battle among Republicans for leadership in the House. And it’s a change from a previous ruling on that campaign account.

The ruling by Franklin County Common Pleas Court Judge Mark Serrott comes after a hearing Friday with attorneys for Speaker Jason Stephens (R-Kitts Hill) and the three Republicans who say Stephens should not control the account of the Ohio House Republican Alliance because it does not have the support of the majority of House Republicans.

Last year, 22 Republicans and all 32 Democrats voted for Stephens for president; 43 Republicans voted for Derek Merrin (R-Napoleon), one of the three who filed the lawsuit.

The order puts another of those three, Phil Plummer (R-Dayton), in charge of the OHRA account. In April, the Ohio House Republican caucus also voted to put the account under Plummer’s control.

An earlier order allowed Stephens to control the count for the May primary, but four Stephens supporters still lost their elections.

The trial is scheduled for October 21, just two weeks before the fall elections. The court was told that the OHRA account may contain as little as $50,000.