Columbiana auditor accused of campaign violations

COLUMBIANA, Ohio (WYTV) – Columbiana County Auditor Nancy Milliken will have to answer to alleged campaign finance violations.

A complaint filed this month with the Ohio Elections Commission claims Milliken broke campaign law by reporting her campaign spent no money during the previous reporting period. Former county employee Brian Fullum filed the complaint, and said that is false.

He said Mlliken donated $500 to sponsor an event at Kent State Salem, and provided bottled water at that event. He said she failed to list any expenditures for that appearance or costs for creating and operating her re-election website.

Fullum is a former county coroner’s office investigator who is currently suing his ex-boss and the county. He also openly supports Milliken’s opponent, Brandon Kovach, according to our print partner, the Lisbon Morning Journal.

The Ohio Elections Commission set a hearing date for 10 a.m. Oct. 30 in Columbus. If they find there was a violation, Milliken could face a $10,000 fine or removal from office.

Milliken told the Morning Journal that there is nothing to these allegations, calling it “politics at its best…or worst, I guess.”

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