Did Jones violate campaign finance law?

Federal election law requires every Congressional candidate to fully disclose the name, address, occupation and employer of every donor who gives more than $200 to their campaign. I just browsed through the campaign finance reports for Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones, as tallied by the Center for Responsive Politics. As of January 4th, guess which Ohio member of Congress is the most secretive about her donors’ identities?

  Degree of disclosure:
Full Incomplete None
Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D) $118,517 $550 $84,851
58% 0% 42%
Michael R. Turner (R) $394,100 $3,250 $128,001
75% 1% 24%
Steve Chabot (R) $262,337 $2,800 $29,150
89% 1% 10%
Paul E. Gillmor (R) $74,969 $500 $11,200
87% 1% 13%
Dennis J. Kucinich (D) $2,329,363 $11,100 $216,918
91% 0% 8%
Tim Ryan (D) $114,982 $4,500 $9,100
89% 3% 7%
Patrick J. Tiberi (R) $633,495 $0 $40,961
94% 0% 6%
Steven C. LaTourette (R) $998,177 $0 $48,250
95% 0% 5%
Rob Portman (R) $1,250,997 $3,400 $48,430
96% 0% 4%
Dave Hobson (R) $942,224 $0 $17,180
98% 0% 2%
Sherrod Brown (D) $425,218 $2,000 $8,450
98% 0% 2%
Ted Strickland (D) $59,632 $0 $950
98% 0% 2%
Bob Ney (R) $493,365 $6,000 $7,500
97% 1% 1%
Ralph Regula (R) $294,136 $4,000 $2,150
98% 1% 1%
John Boehner (R) $599,981 $1,600 $2,500
99% 0% 0%
Michael G. Oxley (R) $604,830 $0 $2,500
100% 0% 0%
Deborah Pryce (R) $352,085 $3,769 $800
99% 1% 0%
Marcy Kaptur (D) $135,575 $500 $0
100% 0% 0%

Stephanie Tubbs Jones ran unopposed this year, which might explain her apparent belief that nobody’s going to look into her finances. Either she’s hiding something or she’s just unusually lax in complying with disclosure laws. Which is it?
And please, Miss Jones, don’t insult our intelligence by blaming your staff for this.

4 comments

  1. Pajama Hadin

    Questions surround Congresswoman Jones’ campaign finances

    Puddle Pirate over at Brain Shavings says that based on data found in campaign finance reports Ohio Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones is either “hiding something or she’s just unusually lax in complying with disclosure laws.”

  2. Nic Nicholas

    There may be something more to all of this.
    I can just see the Congresswoman complaining of an investigation into her campaign financing – “it is all motivated by the corrupt Bush Administration – first they stole the Ohio election and now they are coming after me”
    Seems to me that sort of defense has been used before?