Dayton Daily News misses the “relative” slush-fund

The Dayton Daily News thinks that Mike Turner shouldn’t hire his wife’s firm, TurnerEffect, to do his marketing. Chump-change claim.

If they want to really see how the money flows- just compare his contributors lists- to the client list of his wife’s firm. Jackpot.

It’s no secret in the halls of Kettering Health Network that Turner Effect should get a shot at bidding every project. As the owner of a “competitor” – a client of mine was told to get a second quote from Turner before using my firm- the difference in price? Four times more! It’s easy to grow from a solo practitioner to 15+ when your husband’s contributors are willing to pad their bills as a way to get around campaign finance rules.

Our view: Campaign money best not paid to relatives
Congressman Mike Turner, R-Centerville, and his wife Lori Turner found themselves on a list they’d just as soon not be on last week.

A watchdog organization in Washington called CREW (for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington) released a list of 96 members of the U.S. House of Representatives who have used campaign donations to “financially benefit their family members.”

Rep. Turner insists he did no such thing. He did turn to his wife’s very real marketing firm to do small amounts of campaign-related work. Having done that, he had no choice but to pay (at the standard rate), because he can’t accept a contribution from a corporation.

The amount — $51,000 paid over three campaign cycles — he says is piddling, adding up to less than one percent of the business the firm did during that period.

I shouldn’t expect much from the Dayton Daily News in doing any true investigative reporting- it took them over 2 years to acknowledge that Turner was wrong when he had me arrested and persecuted for my protest of his illegal secret meetings.

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