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Aftab Pureval's attorneys drop Supreme Court effort to delay elections commission hearing

Aftab Pureval's attorneys drop Supreme Court effort to delay elections commission hearing
Posted at 6:08 PM, Oct 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-30 16:10:14-04

This story originally quoted Pureval as having said his lawyers advised him to pay for the polling in question out of his local account instead of his federal account. In reality, he said -- as he has before -- they advised him to pay for it out of the local account in addition to the federal one. 

The misquote was the result of mishearing and has been corrected. WCPO regrets this error.

CINCINNATI -- The Ohio Supreme Court approved Monday a request from congressional candidate and Hamilton County clerk of courts Aftab Pureval to withdraw his appeal that had sought to delay his state elections commission hearing.

Pureval's campaign is facing an inquiry by the Ohio Elections Commission into its finances over a $16,000 check from his court of clerks campaign account that was used to pay for a poll. An attorney for the campaign admitted that the polling was used for both campaigns. 

They had sought to delay an elections commission hearing until after Election Day, saying that he's too busy campaigning before the Nov. 6 general election. 

However, Pureval's attorneys reversed course on Monday and wrote in court documents that they "do not desire to advance this particular legal action at this time." 

On Sunday, Pureval said he and his campaign "tried to follow the letter and spirit of the law."

"Our attorneys told us that, in order to pay for the poll, we should pay for it out of our local account and out of our federal account, and that's exactly what we did," he said. "Now, listen, this is being litigated. If it turns out we did something incorrect, then we will remedy the situation immediately."

 

The Ohio Elections Commission hearing is scheduled for Nov. 1.