- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 15, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A former Libertarian candidate for governor has appealed the state’s Elections Commission dismissal of a complaint alleging that Republican Gov. John Kasich’s campaign played a role in the candidate being bumped from last year’s ballot.

Attorneys for Libertarian Charlie Earl on Tuesday filed paperwork in Franklin County Common Pleas Court appealing the May decision by the Elections Commission.

Earl had argued that Kasich’s campaign and GOP consultant Terry Casey conspired in a successful protest that disqualified Earl from the 2014 governor’s race and that Casey’s resulting legal bills constitute an unreported in-kind contribution to the campaign. They sought a $720,000 fine against Kasich’s team.

The elections panel ruled otherwise. Members voted 5-2 to dismiss the complaint, finding that Earl lacked the evidence to support a fine or further review.

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