Tuesday, June 15, 2010


UPDATE:  06/15/2010 AT 2:15 PM.

Todd Bosley did contact the SCPR and provide the occupation/vocation information that was not on the filed campaign finance report but which is not required by Ohio law to be reported.

Most of the omitted information reveals that contributors were childhood teachers, former neighbors and the like.  However, there were a few of the listed contributors that have county jobs or who own businesses that might viewed by some voters as being in a position to benefit in a more specific sense is Bosley is elected.  For such contributors, the SCPR has updated the database to show the relevant information.


The SCPR goes way beyond what other Stark County media in terms of giving the full story of a political or local government story.  We at The Report dig for the finer details that many times what is really at play in a particular situation.

Obviously, as a matter of campaign finance, the story line for Democrat Todd Bosley versus Republican Todd Snitchler is the big money.  For Bosley, in the campaign finance report filed on June 11 for what the campaign finance law terms "post-primary contributions," it is a question of whether or not he can differ with the Ohio Education Association (OEA - $11,000 contributed) and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Union (AFSCME - $11,395) when legislation comes up in the Ohio House of Representatives, if he is elected.

Tomorrow, the SCPR will report on Snitchler's big money contributors.

The 50th includes Lake, Marlboro, Nimishillen, Osnaburg, Sandy, Sugarcreek, Tuscarawas, Perry [partial] and Lawrence Townships and the villages and cities situated in these townships.

The fundraising has just begun for Bosley.  His opponent (Snitchler) should have been raising money since the day after his victorious election in November, 2008.

That they are nearly even (Snitchler $34,877 to Bosley $32,496) on the "balance on hand" which does not bode particularly well for Snitchler.  Snitchler's failure to capitalize on being the elected state representative is one of the reason the SCPR has this race in the "too close to call" category.

Eighty-two percent (82%) of Bosley's money came from organized labor.  For large contributions ($100 and above), represents 89.4% of Bosley's post-primary contributions.

For The Report, one of the primary factors that voters should use is determining whom to vote for is the "trust" factor.  One way that either Bosley or Snitchler can win on the trust issue is to go over and beyond the law in telling District 50 voters who and why their supporters are contributing.

An example.  Take Nanci Miller who contributed $50.  She has a daytime job, but that has no connection whatsoever as to why she contributed to the Bosley campaign.  Ms. Miller is one of Stark County's foremost activists in animal care with a focus on canine care.

Contributor Miller apparently is appreciative of Bosley's effort (as commissioner) for this work to support civic efforts to improve dog care in Stark County and to do what he can to remedy public complaints with local government entities (i.e. the Stark County Dog Pound).  Miller is a key figure in the establishment of the Animal Welfare Society of Stark County.  It is a non-profit being set up with the aide of Stark County commissioners (in providing low rent [$1 per year] capital facilities) to set up a spaying/neutering clinic to serve those who cannot afford to use vets for the procedure.

Most Stark Countians would highly approve of this basis for making a contribution.  Todd Bosley has proven that he is a strong friend of those citizens who prize humane and competent treatment of animals.

Undoubtedly, there are other Nanci Miller's among Bosley's contributors and Snitchler's contributors.  This is where the SCPR turns to readers to tell their story and send the information to The Report at tramols@att.net.

However, there is a negative side of campaign contributions also.  The Report would like to know about contributors who may be sinister in their motives.  The Report will check into these accounts and, if confirmed, report this information on the SCPR for 50th District voters to know.

Another interesting factor about Bosley's contributors is the absence of several prominent Stark County Democratic names.  For instance, Randy Gonzalez (the party chairman), Johnnie A. Maier, Jr. (the former party chairman), Perez (the county auditor), Shane Jackson (Stark Co Dems political director), Louis Giavasis (Plain Township trustee and ardent Bosley worker when Bosley ran for county commissioner against Richard Regula), Phil Giavasis (Canton clerk of courts), Massillon Mayor Frank Cicchinelli and Canton Mayor William J. Healy, II.

Bosley tells The Report that he is particularly pleased to have gotten contributions from Republican big hitters James Pastore (Parks Farm) and Dennis Biery (Biery Cheese).  Moreover, the SCPR has indications that for state Representative John Hagan (Republican - Marlboro) may be supporting Bosley in a low profile basis. Readers of the SCPR will recall that Hagan had Democrat Celeste DeHoff's signs up in her run against Snitchler in November, 2008.  His daughter Tina had lost to Snitchler in a bitterly contested Republican primary.

The SCPR bills this race that may determine who controls the Ohio House of Representatives.

Who is supporting whom can be another criterion on which voters make a decision as to whom to vote for.

Perhaps, the Bosley campaign will save the SCPR and readers of The Report some time and effort and contact us with the missing vocation/occupation/connection information (not required as a matter of law) on the pre/post-primary filings.

Here is a truncated version (name, amount of contribution and vocation/occupation or connection, if known) of the post-primary database of Bosley post-primary contributors.

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