Council Member Seelbach Campaign Directly Benefited from "Dark Money" in 2013 Election

Enclosed is a copy of a check that Jonathan White of Dayton, Ohio paid to Gumbinner & Davies Communication for campaign literature for Council Member Chris Seelbach in the 2013 Cincinnati City Council election.  Rob Richardson funded the "dark money" accounts and Jonathan White was the front man or puppet for Cincinnatians for Jobs Now.  They plead guilty to all charges and paid a $15,000 fine to the Ohio Election Commission (OEC).  Richardson still faces contempt charges in Franklin County for ignoring multiple subpoenas issued by the OEC. 

During the legal discovery and investigation of the "dark money" case for the 2013 election checks were discovered supporting candidates for city council.  The first round of checks released were written to support Seelbach that totaled $56,220.63. The code on the memo line reads "cin-see1303" was used to define "dark money" for Seelbach.  This check is included for your review.  The Seelbach Campaign nor the Political Action committee Cincinnatians for Jobs Now have reported these contributions on Campaign Finance Reports.  "The $16,349.59 check enclosed should raise serious questions about the ethics of the Seelbach Campaign. Seelbach and Richardson were tied at the hip in their attempt to manipulate voters in the 2013 election," Smitherman said.  

Please be sure to take time to review the enclosed document which is a copy of a "dark money" check

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