A Washington watchdog group just figured out what I’ve been telling you for years: Lori Turner’s firm, “The Turner Effect” is nothing but a slush fund for Turner’s campaign donors. Go read the full report on their site:
Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH) is a third-term member of Congress, representing Ohio’s 3rd congressional district. Rep. Turner’s ethics issues stem from a no-bid marketing contract that was awarded to his wife from a group that receives federal funding…
Ms. Turner claimed the Dayton Development Coalition contract presented no conflict of interest because her husband has no affiliation with the coalition and the coalition receives no federal earmarks. FedSpending.org shows, however, that the coalition has received at least $1.2 million in federal funds in fiscal year 2006.
After criticism from the local media, Ms. Turner withdrew her company from the branding campaign in February 2008, before receiving additional funds from the coalition for the second half of the campaign.
Since 2002 staff, members of the board of directors of the Dayton Development Coalition and their families have donated $100,650 to Rep. Turner’s campaign committee.
The House Ethics Committee should investigate whether Ms. Turner secured a contract with the Dayton Development Coalition because of her relationship with Rep. Turner and as part of an effort by the coalition to curry favor with Rep. Turner in order to receive federal earmarks. In addition, by funneling funds to an entity that hired his wife, Rep. Turner may have dispensed special favors in violation of House rules. The Committee should also investigate to determine if Rep. Turner accepted over $100,000 in campaign contributions from the Dayton Development Coalition in return for earmarking federal funds in violation of 5 U.S.C. § 7353 and House Rule 23.
Never mind that she does work for PAC’s that also give Turner money. It’s time to look behind the curtain.