Complaint filed against political action committee feds say P.G. Sittenfeld used as slush fund

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Updated: Dec. 15, 2020 at 8:18 PM EST
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CINCINNATI (FOX19) - A complaint has been filed with the Ohio Elections Commission over contributions made by a political action committee the federal government believes P.G. Sittenfeld also used as a political slush fund.

The suspended Cincinnati City Councilman faces a six-count indictment on charges of honest services wire fraud, bribery, and attempted extortion by a government official.

Sittenfeld’s accused of taking $40,000 in bribes that went into the Progress and Growth PAC that he secretly controlled, prosecutors wrote in his indictment.

Anti-tax activist Mark Miller alleges in the complaint that the Progress and Growth PAC made a campaign donation to a judicial candidate in June 2018, which was 49 days before the PAC registered with the Ohio Secretary of State’s office and in violation of state law.

The complaint also alleges the PAC contributed nearly $50,000 to local campaigns in 2020 but never reported the contributions to the Ohio Secretary of State.

Micah Kamrass, the attorney representing the Progress and Growth PAC, issued this statement to FOX 19 in response to the complaint.

“The complaint falsely suggests that the public has been denied access to information about Progress and Growth PAC’s activity. That is not true. Since the PAC was established in 2018, all of its activity has been transparent and readily available to the public on the Federal Election Commission website. This includes all contributions to the PAC and donations to other candidates and elected officials from it.  Any oversight in mailing a timely duplicate PAC activity filing to the Ohio Secretary of State did not impair public access to that information. Any oversight was not the fault of the PAC or its Treasurer. It was an oversight in my office related to a change in work procedures due to COVID-19. I have remedied that oversight.” -Micah Kamrass, compliance counsel for the PAC.

Kamrass told FOX 19 the duplicates of the FEC filings were sent to the Secretary of State’s office once it was brought to their attention the paperwork was not filed.

The Ohio Elections Commission tells us they plan to address the complaint in February.

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