- Associated Press - Saturday, July 11, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A recent court filing showed the Ohio Republican Party’s legal bills in the challenge to 2014 Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Charlie Earl are nearly $600,000 - nearly double the amount previously disclosed.

The additional spending was documented as part of the Libertarian party’s lawsuit against elections chief Jon Husted (HYOO’-sted). It challenges Husted’s decision to disqualify Earl.

The GOP reported and previously disclosed payments toward the disqualification effort totaling $300,000. Records show by March the bill had risen to $592,000.

The party paid Zeiger, Tigges & Little, a firm hired by a Republican consultant Terry Casey, who spearheaded the challenge. Casey says he acted on his own. The party says Casey only sought its financial help after the fact.

Earl may have drawn votes from Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik).

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