COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A Virginia political action committee’s transfer of $870,000 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 since 2004 to All Children Matter.

The Virginia group transfered $870,000 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.