- Associated Press - Sunday, June 7, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A Republican candidate for the Ohio Supreme Court is asking an appeals court to allow her to raise money earlier than state judicial rules allow.

Colleen O’Toole, a judge with the 11th Ohio District Court of Appeals in Warren in northeastern Ohio, says the rule prohibiting fundraising until 120 days before a primary election is a free speech violation.

O’Toole argues that groups such as political action committees don’t face similar restrictions, and judicial candidates with leftover funds from previous campaigns can spend money outside the 120-day window as long they don’t expressly solicit funds.

O’Toole’s campaign committee asked the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday to hear the case after federal Judge James Graham rejected her claim, saying she hadn’t proved a strong likelihood of success.

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