A second court has ruled in favor of Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner in her effort to investigate the financing behind an anti-slots campaign.
Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Jerome Metz Jr. in Cincinnati ruled Wednesday that Brunner has subpoena power in her investigation of LetOhioVote.org. The group had pushed for - and later abandoned - a vote seeking to ban the machines planned for Ohio's horse racing tracks.
The ballot measure and an associated lawsuit sidelined the slots just ahead of a 2009 push to legalize casinos. LetOhioVote.org reported one contributor, Virginia-based New Models, to its $1.5 million campaign.
Brunner has alleged the group is masking other contributors. The Ohio Supreme Court also has ruled she has the right to financial records from key players in the effort.