For Immediate Release
Who will join D.C. Dettelbach’s growing list of elite out-of-state donors? We’ll find out tomorrow.
January 30, 2018
Columbus— When Ohio’s annual financial reports are released tomorrow, we will find out which out-of-state elites have joined D.C. Dettelbach’s growing list of outside donors. We already know that the former mayor of Cleveland, and current D.C. lobbyist, Jane Campbell, will make the list.
Just over a week ago, Jane Campbell hosted a fundraiser for Dettelbach at her home in Washington, D.C. Campbell and Dettelbach seem to have a cozy relationship dating back to Dettelbach’s days as an assistant U.S. attorney in Cleveland when Dettelbach prosecuted a bribery scheme involving a scholarship fund Jane Campbell set up while she was mayor. Campbell, however, was never charged in the scheme…and now she’s hosting fundraisers for Dettelbach.
“Is this really who Ohioans want fighting for them in the attorney general’s office?” Dave Yost’s campaign manager, Kevin Servick, asked. “Dettelbach is accepting money from someone whose administration he prosecuted for corruption…if that doesn’t raise red flags, I don’t know what will.”
In total, about a third of the money Dettelbach raised during the last reporting period came from out-of-state donors, especially from Washington, D.C.
“I wonder what other D.C. elites will make an appearance on Dettelbach’s annual report,” Servick said.
Maybe we’ll see another check from Beth Wilkinson, the former Department of Justice prosecutor who served as the defense attorney for Hillary Clinton’s top State Department aides during the DOJ’s email probe. Wilkinson also has unique ties to the D.C. press corps, as she’s married to former Meet the Press host, David Gregory.
Or maybe Kathryn Ruemmler, the former White House counsel to President Obama, cut another check to D.C. Dettelbach. While acting as White House counsel, Ruemmler failed to tell President Obama about evidence of the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups, and refused to release the President’s talking points on the Benghazi attack.
“One thing’s for sure—Jane Campbell will have plenty of company from Beltway donors on Dettelbach’s annual financial report,” Servick said. “But while the checks will pad Dettelbach’s pockets, they’ll do nothing to reassure Ohioans that Dettelbach has their interests at heart.”