§ 135.06  SOLICITING OR RECEIVING IMPROPER COMPENSATION.
   (A)   No public official shall knowingly solicit or accept and no person shall knowingly promise or give to a public official either of the following:
      (1)   Any compensation, other than as allowed by R.C. § 102.03(G), (H), (I), or other provisions of law, to perform the public servant’s official duties, to perform any other act or service in the public official’s public capacity, for the general performance of the duties of the public official’s public office or public employment, or as a supplement to the public official’s public compensation;
      (2)   Additional or greater fees or costs than are allowed by law to perform the public servant’s official duties.
   (B)   No public official for the public servant’s own personal or business use and no person for the person’s own personal or business use or for the personal or business use of a public official, shall solicit or accept anything of value in consideration of either of the following:
      (1)   Appointing or securing, maintaining, or renewing the appointment of any person to any public office, employment, or agency;
      (2)   Preferring, or maintaining the status of, any public employee with respect to compensation, duties, placement, location, promotion, or other material aspects of employment.
   (C)   No person for the benefit of a political party, campaign committee, legislative campaign fund, a political action committee, or political contributing entity shall coerce any contribution in consideration of either of the following:
      (1)   Appointing or securing, maintaining, or renewing the appointment of any person to any public office, employment, or agency;
      (2)   Preferring, or maintaining the status of, any public employee with respect to compensation, duties, placement, location, promotion, or other material aspects of employment.
   (D)   Whoever violates this section is guilty of soliciting improper compensation, a misdemeanor of the first degree.
   (E)   A public official who is convicted of a violation of this section is disqualified from holding any public office, employment, or position of trust in the city for a period of seven years from the date of conviction.
   (F)   Divisions (A), (B) and (C) of this section do not prohibit a person from making voluntary contributions to a political party, campaign committee, legislative campaign fund, political action committee, or political contributing entity or prohibit a political party, campaign committee, legislative campaign fund, political action committee, or political contributing entity from accepting voluntary contributions.
(R.C. § 2921.43)  (Ord. 6141, passed 11-24-87; Am. Ord. 6291, passed 11-22-88; Am. Ord. 6832, passed 4-13-93; Am. Ord. 7152, passed 12-26-95)