Dead people donate to Mayor McLin

Just noticed that:


CHECK -> $50.00

is listed as a donor for Rhine McLin

Rhine_McLin_Campaign09.pdf (application/pdf Object).

Date of 5-14-09

Selma was the wife of Walter Ohlmann, of Penny Ohlmann Neiman, the ad agency that did the Dayton Originals campaign.

She died- according to the Dayton Daily News, in Feb of 09.

It’s good to know you can research things like this on but not on the Board of Elections website.

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17 Responses

  1. Drexel Dave Sparks September 18, 2009 / 8:10 am
    50k from a stiff?
    Like the old Chef Boyardee commericals used to say, “Nowthatsa’ scandal!”
  2. David Esrati September 18, 2009 / 8:38 am

    Sorry- didn’t realize the OCR had a comma instead of a period-

    It’s only $50.

  3. Brilliant September 18, 2009 / 9:21 am
    Interesting to see Lucas Liakos of Planet Earth Entertainment on the list. If ‘google’ is correct, he is the owner/operator of Diamonds Cabaret, the adult “gentlemens” club in Centerville. I wonder if he is planning on bringing his business to Dayton?
  4. Gene September 18, 2009 / 9:26 am
    He owns Club Masque in DT Dayton, so he has an interest in Dayton.
  5. Brilliant September 18, 2009 / 9:37 am
    That makes more sense, thanks for the info Gene.
  6. In the 'burg September 18, 2009 / 2:35 pm
    Rhine must be one hell of a mortician if the bodies she embalms are preserved well enough that they can write checks 3 months post-mortem.
  7. David Esrati September 18, 2009 / 3:40 pm

    So- the update: The check was from Walter or Selma Ohlmann. Walter signed it. Rhine, or her treasurer reported it wrong. But, if you can’t get this right- what else did you get wrong? And, was it done to try to hide that a City vendor was donating to McLin?

    It’s not significant. I was looking for someone else as a donor- someone who just got a big grant, when I stumbled across this. But, it’s nice to know the DDN reporter jumped on it- after reading it first here. Now if I could only get them to look into QBase and Willard Pardue and his forced contributions by employees in exchange for huge grants and tax breaks from the politicians he supported.

  8. Gene September 18, 2009 / 4:12 pm
    Is it Willard or William Pardue? I thought it was William.
  9. David Esrati September 18, 2009 / 4:24 pm

    @Gene- his real name is Willard- he sometimes goes by William.

  10. just a local business owner September 18, 2009 / 9:35 pm
    Why make that a big deal? I wish you’d not be so negative or critical. I know you have a lot to offer but you make your points with playing up small wrongs. You seem arrogant, and just plain mean. It turns out the whole terrible donation fraud is about a small signature error…not a crime. Sorry if my comment is not nice. I’m just a normal person wishing you were more…human. And that you are trying to produce some hopeful solutions, not just pointing out what others do.
  11. David Esrati September 18, 2009 / 10:37 pm

    @just a local business owner-

    So if it had been a $10,000 donation, and it was a clerical error, it would have been ok?

    I’ve heard that you sound angry, or mean, from reading your site- but, you aren’t like that in person.

    Why don’t you come out to one of the candidates nights- listed on and find out.

    The reality is- Rhine McLin turned in a campaign finance report with a dead person as a donor. If I had done anything like that- they’d have me in jail- or threatened to take me off the ballot. If you have any confusion about the Board of Elections- we’ve had two issues for them to decide- both came down as a 2-2 split on party lines. Since, I’m not a “party person” they have no problem crawling up my you know what with a microscope.


  12. lisa September 18, 2009 / 11:22 pm
    well, this does seem small. And, it was obvious to me before you clarified the signature that it could have easily been a mistake. I would have waited for more evidence first, and just pointed it out as something to look into, versus proof of a crime, or dirty character. Personally,
  13. David Esrati September 19, 2009 / 8:49 am

    @Lisa- since when did politicians get a hall pass? Remember the definition of “is” from Bill Clinton?

    Was a dead person listed? Yes. Was it wrong? Yes. Was it a clerical error? Maybe?

    Is everything I say big? Important? This is a site to get people involved- to talk, to discuss, to think. It’s not a newspaper- although I scoop them sometimes.

    It’s amazing- I’ve got 1100 posts here- and I get called arrogant and mean over this one?

    Welcome to the debate- it’s something that doesn’t happen in public on the Dayton City Commission now. We hope to change that after November 3.

  14. Molly Darcy September 19, 2009 / 7:40 pm
    I understand $50 seems like a lot for a candidate that can’t even raise enough money to have to file a report, but big whoop-de-do David. So the treasurer picked the wrong name off the check to attribute the contribution to— maybe the signature was illegible so they just picked one–who knows, and who cares?? Glad you’re spending your valuable campaign time so effectively. Find anything on your good friend Joey D. William’s report? Oh that’s right the economy is bad, he didn’t file one either. Is that your excuse too David?
  15. larry sizer October 23, 2009 / 4:10 pm
    Stay on their case David, no one else is.

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