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PAC kind to Law’s campaign

America’s Tomorrow provides $118,000 in in-kind contributions

WARREN — A political action committee gave more than $100,000 in in-kind contributions to the Warren mayoral campaign of Randy Law.

The campaign of Law, an independent candidate, raised no money and spent no money, according to its finance report filed with the Trumbull County Board of Elections.

America’s Tomorrow, a Marietta-based PAC, is funding his campaign, providing him with $117,963 in in-kind contributions.

The in-kind money was listed on Law’s report as:

• $29,750 for direct mail;

• $28,310 for television commercials;

• $20,000 for radio ad-vertising;

• $19,500 for digital ads;

• $14,000 for consultants;

• $5,000 for a lawyer who helped convince the Ohio Supreme Court to reinstate Law to the ballot after the board of elections disqualified him;

• $1,403 for signs.

Law gave $1,220.01 in in-kind contributions to his campaign for filing fees, campaign shirts and various supplies.

In comparison, incumbent Mayor Doug Franklin, a Democrat, raised $13,845 during the pre-general-election filing period and spent $9,041.41. He had $12,329.31 in his account heading into the filing period and had $17,132.90 as of Oct. 16, the final date of the filing period.

Law said, “We planned a campaign with resources to win this race. I’m not going to apologize for having the resources. PACs have been around for a long time. They didn’t think we were going to run a campaign and now (Franklin is) blaming everyone else.”

Franklin said, “We know this is outside money, which isn’t illegal, but it brings concerns about their involvement in the mayoral campaign. What was promised in exchange for their support? It all leads to the question of: Who’s trying to buy this election?”

Ryan Stubenrauch, the PAC’s consultant, said: “Across Warren, people are fed up with the rampant crime and high unemployment that continues under Mayor Franklin and they want a change. Randy Law is the positive change that will clean up Warren and make it a better place to live and work for all. Until the polls close, we’ll continue to tell Warren voters why they should vote for independent Randy Law for mayor.”

America’s Tomorrow is a federal PAC and doesn’t have to file a report with the Federal Election Commission until January disclosing who gave it money.

Meanwhile, four prominent local businessmen — Sam Covelli, Anthony Payiavlas, Mark Marvin and Dennis Blank — recently sent a letter on behalf of Franklin urging people to give money to the sitting mayor’s campaign.

“Elections are always expensive and this one is no exception,” the letter reads. “The mayor’s opponent is well financed and intent on smearing the mayor’s name and record. Because of this, we ask you to join us in assisting Mayor Franklin’s re-election effort.”

In the Lordstown mayor’s race, incumbent Arno Hill, a Republican, raised $2,650, including $1,400 from himself, and spent $2,486.77, leaving him with $163.23 as of Oct. 16.

His challenger, Robert S. Bond, didn’t raise or spend any money. But he gave $9,025.54 in in-kind contributions to his campaign for printing, internet ads, signs, stamps and other items.

In the Liberty trustee race, only Devon Stanley filed a report with the board of elections. He raised $4,348 — including a $250 contribution from Trustee Arnie Clebone — and spent $3,142.27. Stanley loaned $1,500 to his campaign.

Incumbent Trustee Jodi Stoyak and Jason Master-nick, another candidate, didn’t file campaign finance reports.

In the Austintown trustee race for an open seat, three of the four candidates filed reports.

Steven Kent raised $8,490 with $6,500 coming from loans he and his wife, Alicia, gave the campaign. His campaign spent $6,615.55.

Bruce Shepas raised $7,840, including a $1,000 loan he gave. His campaign spent $6,440.

David Engler raised $1,075, including a $1,000 loan he gave. His campaign reported spending $3,531.08, more than three times the amount it collected.

Michael Rapovy didn’t file a finance report.

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