Jennifer Brunner, Ohio’s Chief Election Official, Doesn’t Follow Election Laws
From Stephen Koff in the Plain Dealer:
Jennifer Brunner, the U.S. Senate candidate whose day job is to make sure that Ohio elections run smoothly and lawfully, is not following a requirement of federal election law in her own campaign — or so it appears based on a review of her campaign finance reports as well as Federal Election Commission guidelines.
The Ohio secretary of state, running in the May 4 Democratic primary for Senate against Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher, has consistently failed to list the identities and itemize the salaries of all her campaign staffers, as required by law.
Instead, she files quarterly FEC campaign finance reports that itemize every stipend to each of her interns. She then lumps the salaries of her top staffers into a payment she makes regularly to a paycheck-processing company, PayChex. During the first three months of this year, the Jennifer Brunner Committee paid $37,081.61 to PayChex, according to an itemization from Brunner’s latest FEC report.
Nowhere does the report say that this covers the salaries of campaign manager David Dettman, operations manager Mary Woods and scheduler Mallory Mitchell — information known only because Dettman told The Plain Dealer when it asked today. Dettman volunteered to the newspaper that he is paid $6,000 a month and Woods and Mitchell each get $3,000.
The FEC says that is precisely the kind of information it wants the disclosure reports to include.
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