OH: Turner Blows Pledge Not to Take Lobbyist Money

Source: Daily Beast

“The Democratic frontrunner for an open congressional seat in Ohio, Nina Turner, pledged in January that she would not accept campaign contributions from lobbyists or corporations. But weeks later, she appears to have done just that. ‘I’m not taking any corporate PAC or lobbyist money,’ Turner tweeted on Jan. 16. ‘If I’m elected, my seat will belong to the people of Ohio’s 11th district.’ According to Federal Election Commission records, however, the Turner campaign reported a March 31 donation of $1,000 from the director of Amare Public Affairs, a firm Turner founded last September as an offshoot of D.C.-based lobbying shop Mercury Public Affairs. And on Jan. 19, three days after her tweet, Turner accepted $250 from a partner at Mercury, per FEC filings. A fictitious name filing recorded last October with the state of Ohio shows Mercury is the company behind Amare.” (07/12/21)