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Late report from candidate Kitchen shows $10K from ex-GOP chair, wife

Published: Fri, March 7, 2014 @ 12:07 a.m.

By David Skolnick



Almost three months after the deadline, failed Youngstown mayoral candidate DeMaine Kitchen filed a post-general-election campaign-finance report.

The report shows Kitchen, an independent candidate, raised $26,975 between Oct. 9 and Nov. 3, 2013, with $10,000 of it coming from former Mahoning County Republican Party Chairman Clarence R. Smith and his wife, Rose. Kitchen received $5,000 from the Smiths on Oct. 21 and a second $5,000 payment Oct. 27.

Clarence R. Smith gave $20,000 to Jay Williams on Oct. 21, 2005, during his successful independent run for Youngstown mayor in 2005.

Kitchen lost to Democrat John A. McNally in the Nov. 5, 2013, general election by more than 11 percentage points.

Kitchen was supposed to file this finance report no later than Dec. 13, 2013, with the Mahoning County Board of Elections. It was filed Tuesday.

Kitchen couldn’t be reached Thursday by The Vindicator to comment. But Diane Raptis, the board of elections’ clerk who is in charge of campaign- finance reports, said Kitchen told her he filed late because he “had a hardship” and “wasn’t working in town.”

Besides being late, Kitchen’s report shows a $4,000 cash contribution Oct. 27 from Charles Sammarone, then the mayor of Youngstown who employed Kitchen as his chief of staff/secretary.

State law doesn’t permit cash contributions of more than $100.

The board of elections sent a letter to Kitchen on Wednesday that his campaign had 21 days to refund $3,900 to Sammarone, who now is city council president, or the matter would be referred to the Ohio Elections Commission.

In this situation, the commission could fine a candidate up to $11,700, three times the $3,900 amount that exceeds the maximum cash contribution limit, but that is unlikely for a first-time offender, said Philip C. Richter, the commission’s executive director.

Also, the commission has no authority to compel the candidate to refund the money to the donor, Richter said.

Sammarone said Thursday that he gave cash to Kitchen, but didn’t immediately recall the amount.

Another monetary issue with Kitchen’s report is he withdrew $1,500 from his account on the day of the election to pay people to work polling locations and to drive voters to those locations, Raptis said.

A candidate is not permitted to do that, but there is nothing that can be done to rectify that situation, Raptis said.

Between July 1 and Dec. 6, McNally raised $94,745 compared with $38,785 for Kitchen. McNally also raised $131,854 for the May 2013 Democratic primary. Kitchen had $143 in his campaign fund when he started raising money last July.


1author50(1121 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

Not the first time that Sonny Boy Smith has used his considerable wealth to fund democrats or independents instead of Republicans.

Lisa Antonini is in jail for NOT reporting a $3,000.00 loan. The Sammarone $4,000.00 CASH payment to Kitchen sure seems worse. Then again, not one thing has happened to Sammarone while sexual harassment took place on his watch, Lt. Mercer's wiping his feet on the 4th Amendment took place, tearing down houses without due process took place, giving $20,000.00 to his son to open a bar which failed and wasn't repaid took place, etc.

Once again, some skate and others are held under the ice.

Sure makes one wonder.....

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2questionreality(539 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

An OH WOW political moment for the Vindy? It has been said that Mr. Smith runs Boardman and the Vindy has glossed over the shenanigans going on there. The amorphousness abounds.

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3msweetwood(174 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

Former: The headline for the online edition of Vindy for this story was indeed in error (but correct in the print edition). You have a choice when you see a mistake: You can rant about conspiracies or you can bring it to our attention.

In either case, when we spot a legitimate error, we correct it.

Since you begged the question, "Can you image a Wall Street Journal or Washington Post article headline containing such an obvious mistake?" I am including a link to Poynter's best/worst corrections of 2013 to satisfy your inquiry.


But be careful about demanding perfection: You misspelled Dave Betras' name.

Mark Sweetwood
Managing Editor

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4dontbeafool(1568 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

I was going to suggest that Formerdem just start reading the Wall St or Washington paper if she felt that this paper was so sub standard because of an unnoticed error. But then bam, the editor slammed you Formerdem. That made my day and am still laughing. Kudos to the editor for defending himself.

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52muchtax(691 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

Good ridens kitchen ,cannot meet deadlines, sexually harass women and you want to be the mayor. We did not have a great candidate and you still lost! The last thing this area needs is another moron in politics, how about it Dave Betras/ Ambulance chaser!

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6republicanRick(1501 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

Youngstown City Council is the breeding ground of corruption in todays world. They look out for themselves, not the citizens of Youngstown.

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7TERRAPINST(320 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

Okay-Haven't commented in a looooong time because generally don't like to consider myself as big an idiot as the majority of those who post here. So let me get this straight, state law and the Board of elections allows a mulligan on illegal contributions/ You mean there's like a do-over? I recognize that Sammarone is like gorilla stupid (at least in looks) and probably after being involved in 30 years of political campaigns for which he is one of the CLASSIC MAHONING COUNTY WHORES he really didn't know-disturbing in itself. However does this true watchdog of community concern and political corruption really have only that much to say about it. F*&#ing joke all of it. How come only some folk get the do-over? Couldn't it be said that this was "attempted" bribery so if Kitchen won Sammarone gets water commissioner like was the deal. Again that Sammarone dude is bad medicine man and its continually overlooked. Doesn't recall contribution. doesn't recall his involvement in promoting the sexual harassment of female staff. Tell you what-he sure recalls how to find the YMCA during work-hours.

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8eevo(51 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

I heard on Fox that Obama donated 20k to Kitchen. Why wasn't that covered on the liberal news media?

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9eevo(51 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

Former dem, you are too serious. For the record, I always use 36 oz of vodka and 12 oz of tomato juice in my Bloody Mary. Then I proceed to make comments on Vindy.com.

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