DeWine Supporter Says Taylor Loan Was Illegal Contribution; Her Campaign Says It Was Proper

Apr 30, 2018

With a week to go before the primary, a supporter of Republican frontrunner for governor Mike DeWine is claiming that a $3 million loan to the campaign of DeWine’s opponent was an illegal contribution.

State Rep. Mike Duffey (R-Worthington) said in his complaint to the Ohio Elections Commission that a $3 million loan repayment to Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor’s husband, developer Donzell Taylor, is a problem, since Taylor had previously reported a $3 million personal loan in January. Candidates can loan themselves money, but if the money comes from other sources, it’s considered a contribution and subject to a limit of just under $13,000. Taylor’s campaign said the loans were proper under Ohio law, and her spokesman called the complaint an “amateur hour attack” and said – quoting here – “This is just the latest example of the DeWine camp trying to muddy the waters so Ohio voters won’t be focused on his pathetic, liberal record.”