AKRON: Charter-School Group Under Scrutiny

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A Virginia political action committee's transfer of 870,000 dollars to an Ohio affiliate has caught the eye of Ohio's chief elections official, who is investigating the donations' ties to Ohio's biggest charter-school operator.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that Akron industrialist David Brennan, who also is president of the for-profit White Hat Management charter schools in Ohio and six other states, has given 200,000 dollars since 2004 to All Children Matter.

The Virginia group transfered 870,000 dollars to an Ohio affiliate last year to help elect Republicans -- the subject of a state election-law complaint .

Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner argues that the influx violated state campaign laws. The Ohio Elections Commission has set a hearing on the matter for August 23rd.