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WASTE WATCH: Fairfield Co. Official Accused of Campaign Misconduct
LANCASTER, Ohio (Brooks Jarosz) -- Questionable campaign contributions have landed the Fairfield County Clerk of Courts in hot water.
Deborah Smalley is under investigation by the state auditor’s office, accused of forcing her staff to work on her reelection campaign in 2012.
Records are sealed, but ABC 6 Investigators found that former employees have come forward, saying they “were required to make contributions to Ms. Smalley’s campaign fund,” and were “required to work on her political campaign while on county time.”
Smalley was nowhere to be found this week, despite our repeated calls, and a visit to her home. ABC 6 investigators stopped by Smalley’s office in Lancaster, where employees said she was out and didn’t know when she would return.
Smalley has faced similar allegations in the past. In 2006, she admitted to asking her staff to make campaign contributions. Records indicate that employees gave hundreds-of-dollars.
Smalley apologized to the Ohio Election Commission, and was not penalized in 2006.
Now she’s under fire again, with documents alleging her employees worked on county time, and even received comp time to help with her reelection campaign.