Earlier this month, Turner accused Tims of being paid illegally via the Ohio Democratic Party. The Turner campaign filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission.
FEC rules permit campaigns to pay the candidates salaries as a way to make it possible for people of modest means to run for Congress. The payment can’t exceed the lessor of what the candidate earned the prior year or what the job being sought pays.
The Tims campaign said it made contributions to the state party, which acted as a payroll administrator.
The Turner campaign last week filed a second FEC complaint, saying that the Tims campaign failed to include required disclaimers in three of its TV ads.
“This is Desiree Tims’s attempt to further hide that she has been illegally paid to run for Congress, as well as her response to our second FEC complaint we filed against her last week. Her campaign has repeatedly failed to comply with FEC requirements. Our campaign’s expenses are all valid, legal and publicly reported. This is just a political stunt,” said Turner campaign manager Mason DiPalma in a written release.
The back-and-forth between the two sides illustrates how contentious the race is.
Tims, 32, a political newcomer, is trying to unseat Turner, 60, an 18-year incumbent. The 10th Congressional District, which leans Republican, includes Montgomery, Greene and Fayette counties.