YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Allegations of illegal cash donations to an unsuccessful Youngstown mayoral candidate’s campaign are surfacing against former mayor Charles Sammarone.
“Cash is very corruptible and we got to take the cash out of politics,” said Mahoning County Democratic Party Chair David Betras.
Betras is upset after learning that former Youngstown Mayor Charles Sammarone donated $4,000 cash towards Demaine Kitchen’s mayoral campaign in October as documented in Kitchen’s post-general election campaign finance report filed March 4.
“You had a sitting mayor giving $4,000 in cash to an independent candidate for mayor,” said Betras
According to Ohio state law, no person can donate more than $100 in cash in each primary, special, or general election.
So Sammarone’s reported contribution is$3,900 above the legal limit.
“It is unlawful to give cash and that’s what he did. It is an illegal campaign contribution. PERIOD,” said Betras.
When asked about this issue, current mayor John McNally says…
“I’ve never really paid attention to money that other candidates receive” said McNally.
Numerous attempts to contact both Sammarone and Kitchen were unsuccessful.