State to probe Kitchen campaign finances

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Although DeMaine Kitchen says he paid back some of the money from a questionable campaign contribution, he will now face scrutiny from the Ohio Elections Commission.

WKBN First News cameras caught up with Kitchen Tuesday as he was leaving the Mahoning County Board of Elections after filing an amended campaign finance report.

Kitchen has paid back $2,500 of a $4,000 cash contribution made during the Youngstown mayor’s race last fall. The contribution was made by Chuck Sammarone, who was mayor of Youngstown at the time of the contribution.

Under state law, anything over $100 in cash in considered an illegal contribution.

The Elections Commission in Columbus has received a formal complaint about Kitchen’s finances. A preliminary review will scheduled to investigate the case.

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