OHIO

Candidates Spar Over Financial Disclosures

The Portman campaign says Strickland isn’t being clear about his consulting work.

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Andrea Drusch
Aug. 17, 2015, 5:34 a.m.

Both Sen. Rob Portman (R) and former Gov. Ted Strickland’s (D) campaigns are pointing fingers at each other’s financial disclosures as signs that the other is out of touch.

“Portman campaign spokesman Corry Bliss said Strickland made his money in lobbying for special interests and is being opaque about his financial connection to the two organizations launched since he left the governor’s office. “¦ Republicans questioned the absence of any income listings for Strickland from Innovation Ohio, a Columbus-based think tank launched by former aides after he lost the 2010 election, or the consulting firm Midwest Gateway Partners. Strickland helped both get off the ground after leaving the Governor’s Office but spokeswoman Jennifer Donohue said Strickland wasn’t paid by either entity.”

“Strickland’s campaign paints Portman’s wealth as a negative.” Campaign spokesman Dennis Willard said Portman, whose net worth is between $8 million and $20 million, “is just one more millionaire in Washington looking out for the interests of billionaires.” (AP)

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