Man Fined $95,000 For Campaign Contributions

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- A man accused of illegally funneling $121,000 in campaign contributions through family members to democrats and republicans across the state has been fined $95,000.

The Ohio Elections Commission imposed the fine thursday on montford will of New Albany for 19 violations since 2006.

His wife and two grown stepchildren were each fined $10,000.

Ritchey Hollenbaugh, Will's Attorney, says his client did not know that giving campaign contributions in someone else's name is illegal.

He says the fine far exceeds what is reasonable for the circumstances.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien recommended fines over prosecution.

He says parties and candidates who received the contributions should properly dispose of them or face forfeiture proceedings.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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