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Monday, March 03, 2008

Complaint filed in "payday lender" race

Sheila McLaughlin reports:

Fighting what he calls a “last-minute smear campaign” in Ohio’s 35th House District, Republican candidate John Rabenold filed an 11th hour complaint Monday with the Ohio Election Commission against his opponent Ron Maag.

Among the nine allegations is that Maag’s recent television ads and mailers wrongly characterized Rabenold as a predatory lender because of his job as vice president of government affairs for the company that owns Check ‘n Go.

At least $100,000, or about half the money Rabenold raised for his run at public office, came from the payday lender industry, campaign finance records show.

Rabenold also contends that Maag misrepresented him as a “Columbus lobbyist” because he’s not registered as a lobbyist in that city or in Ohio.

Rabenold, however, has registered as a lobbyist for the company in other states.

Rabenold said Maag also misrepresented an endorsement and made false allegations in mailers that Rabenold did not vote Republican from 1996 to 2004.

The Ohio Elections Commission won’t consider the complaint until after the primary election. By that time, voters will already have made their decision: Rabenold, Maag, or Grace Kendrick of Symmes Township.


16 Comments:

at 1:54 PM, March 03, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

well boys and girls can we all get along now or can you say THE SLEAZE FACTOR???????

 
at 2:16 PM, March 03, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rabenold is a republican criminal. His involvement with a scum bag payday lending company says it all.

 
at 4:53 PM, March 03, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Typical slick lawyer move by this Rabenold punk.

I'm voting for the real conservative, Ron Maag.

 
at 6:26 PM, March 03, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike Harlow, who was the one behind Carpetbagging Bob's illegal and false smears of Congresswoman Sxhmidt, is once again destroying his client'schances of victory or of being able to show his face in public again. The Republicans need to realize he is really a Democratic operative and trying to destroy the Republican party from within by touting extreme candidates and haing them deploy extremely divisive campaign tactics. When will the Republicans excommunicate him? When will the media investigate him?

 
at 11:43 PM, March 03, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not sure why Mr. R wants to go through with this. He will mark himself forever as a malicious litigator once he sees that political speech allows for him to be called "predatory lender" based on the fact that the company that he is/was an executive of charges up to 400% interest and works on a business model that keeps repeat customers in a downward debt spiral.

If that's not predatory lending, I don't know what is.

Maybe Mr. R doesn't understand what a predator is.

 
at 5:31 AM, March 04, 2008 Anonymous Proud Blue Chip YR member said...

You would think Mike Harlow is involved in every campaign there is, reading the anonymous know-it-alls here.

It should be noted that one organization he actually is involved with, the Blue Chip Young Republicans, has witnessed a rebirth ever since his friends took over the club. Meeting attendance has doubled in only two months, the club is getting better PR than they ever have, they've been very active on the campaign trail, and influential party leaders and activists are attending their functions again.

Not bad in only 2 months of work for "puppetmaster" Harlow and his "stooge", club President Jeff Capell. It's funny that Harlow's affiliation with the Blue Chips hasn't been mentioned by his critics ever since the club has become much stronger under the leadership of Harlow's allies.

 
at 10:01 AM, March 04, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rabanold has no room to talk. His mailings have been just as vicious, and more of them.

Ron Maag is a true Republican and conservative, who deserves our support.

 
at 1:32 PM, March 04, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vote for Ron Maag...

He's not a corrupt lobbyist like his opponent.

 
at 2:18 PM, March 04, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

When will people stop believing what they read? Read things other than the newspaper, you might be more educated. Mis-information is worse than no information. Rabenold has more experience.
Married, 4 kids, small business owner.

 
at 2:31 PM, March 04, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rabenold is a tired old white criminal republican who should be in jail or even worse. Seriously, who exactly does this loser think he could represent. NOBODY but himself and his greedy GOPers. Times UP. Rot in hell you scumbag.

 
at 4:52 PM, March 04, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maag has no experience whatsover with legislation. Going from Michelle Schneider to Ron Maag will be a huge downfall for the 35th and place the district near the bottom of the rung.

Vote for Rabenold if you care about State projects being helpful in the 35th.

 
at 6:24 PM, March 04, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

The attendance being up for the past two months at the Blue Chip meetings cannot possibly be attributed to Mike Harlow. The february meeting was viewed as the last opportunity to see George Vincent speak as the county GOP chairman before Judge Triantifilou takes over. That has nothing to do with Mike Harlow. Also, the candidates were there in anticipation of today's primary. Get a grip, Mike Harlow is not all that and a bag of chips....

 
at 3:44 PM, March 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rabenold is an embarrasment to our party. This is scandal waiting to happen.

 
at 7:24 PM, March 06, 2008 Anonymous COAST is TOAST said...

And another COASTer - Rabenold - goes down in flames!

Cheers to election winner Ron Maag.

Jeers to perennial loser Mike Harlow, the Bob Shrum of SW Ohio politics.

 
at 3:42 PM, March 10, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

who is Mike Harlow??

 
at 12:31 AM, March 12, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

John Rabenold is a dirty, disgraceful politician who can now write his own political obituary.
Your short time in the sun is now officially over, Johnny.

Go back to lobbying for Check-N-Go, you hack. The voters, in their wisdom, rejected your pathetic attempt to hide from the truth.

The better man won. Congrats to Ron Maag!

 
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