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Traficant allies plan to file appeal today



Published: Thu, July 29, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m.

Staff report

WARREN

Supporters of Jim Traficant for Congress will be at the Trumbull County Board of Elections at 9 a.m. today trying to secure a ballot position for an independent candidacy in the 17th Congressional District.

Earlier this week, the former congressman’s supporters were encouraged now that he appears to be just 103 petition signatures short of what he needs for candidacy.

Traficant’s campaign coordinator, Linda Kovachik of Boardman, said an appeal of the numbers will be filed in Trumbull County.

Since Trumbull County contains the largest share of voters in the district, its board of elections will decide whether Traficant qualifies as an independent candidate.

Traficant needs 2,199 valid signatures from registered voters residing in the district, which includes all of Trumbull County and parts of Mahoning, Portage and Summit counties. That number is 1 percent of the votes cast in the most recent general election for governor, in November 2006.

On Monday and Tuesday, Traficant campaign leaders visited the district’s county boards of elections, where elections officials re-examined petition signatures. In the re-examination Tuesday afternoon in Mahoning County, Traficant picked up five new valid signatures.

Earlier this month, Traficant submitted a total of 3,138 signatures districtwide.

Of the 1,931 names on Trumbull petitions, 489 were ruled invalid. In Mahoning County, 471 of 1,074 signatures were disqualified, and in Portage and Summit counties, 86 of 133 petition signatures were disqualified.

Reasons for disqualification of signatures included living in the wrong congressional district, not being a registered voter, failing to list a valid address or providing an illegible signature.


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1foxyglo(372 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

GIVE IT UP, WHOSE GONNA VOTE FOR A CROOK ???????????????

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2Overtaxed_Voter(14 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

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@FoxyGlo who asked:

WHOSE GONNA VOTE FOR A CROOK ???????????????
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It appears that you have forgotten that TIM RYAN, his campaign, and an associate were nailed by the Federal Election Commission and paid a combined $10,000 in CIVIL PENALTIES for multiple violations of campaign finance law in his U.S. Congressional campaign.

From the FEC documents related to:

MATTER UNDER REVIEW Case #5262
MATTER UNDER REVIEW Case #5263
MATTER UNDER REVIEW Case #5264
MATTER UNDER REVIEW Case #5265
MATTER UNDER REVIEW Case #5266

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The complaints alleged that "Tim Ryan for Congress" accepted an excessive contribution of $50,000 in violation of the Act.

The source of this contribution was the candidate and a cosigner for a bank loan and the loan was obtained at a reduced interest rate.

The complaints further alleged the committee and its treasurer accepted a $2,500 contribution from the Mahoning County Democratic Party and the source of the funds was a labor union and the committee failed to pay rent for its headquarters.

*** The Commission found that Mr. Ryan accepted an excessive contribution in the form of a cosigned bank loan.***

The Commission found no reason to believe Second National Bank and the Mahoning County Democratic Party violated the law.

FINDINGS AND FINE AMOUNTS

Conciliation Agreement: $6,000 civil penalty*
(a) Tim Ryan for Congress, Michael Fraioli, treasurer [5262/5266]
(b) Tim Ryan
[re: Excessive contributions; exceeding the annual $25,000 contribution limit; bank loan made outside the ordinary course of business; prohibited contribution; failure to disclose disbursements for rent ]

Conciliation Agreement: $4,000 civil penalty*
(c) Dennis Rossi [5266]
[re: excessive contribution; exceeding the annual $25,000 contribution limit]

http://www.fec.gov/press/press2005/20...

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