Tiberi, Brooks

Tiberi, Brooks on attack over campaign donors

Monday, June 28th, 2010

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH, 6/27/10. COLUMBUS — The battle between Rep. Pat Tiberi, R-Genoa Township, and Democratic challenger Paula Brooks intensified last week. Republicans started the latest exchange when they questioned nearly $50,000 in campaign contributions to Brooks.

The donations came from individuals connected with businesses that were awarded contracts from Brooks and her fellow Franklin County commissioners. The contracts date to 2006, and most were approved unanimously by the threemember board.

“Brooks needs to come clean about the strong-arm tactics and threats she’s used to raise money for her campaign. Sooner or later, the truth will catch up with her,” said Kristen Frissora, Tiberi’s campaign manager.

Republicans say the contributions to Brooks fly in the face of an ethics pledge she signed, promising to avoid conflicts or impropriety.

The allegations of conflict and influence-peddling brought swift reaction from Democrats, who denied Brooks had any conflict and pointed to the more than $200,000 that Tiberi received from the banking and mortgage industries while serving on the House Financial Services Committee.

“Instead of looking out for consumers and taxpayers, Pat Tiberi used his position on the House Financial Services Committee to get big banking interests to fund his campaign war chest at the exact same time he pushed for greater deregulation of the banking and mortgage,” said Gabby Adler, spokeswoman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

According to opensecrets.org, which tracks campaign contributions, Tiberi received $239,000 from 2001 to 2006 from the banking and mortgage industry.

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