Julie Carr Smyth
COLUMBUS: A Cleveland state lawmaker has been charged with campaign-finance violations related to the purchase and re-sale of Ohio State football tickets.
Democratic state Rep. Sandra Williams, who’s running for state Senate, is due in Franklin County court Friday on two misdemeanor charges of converting campaign funds for personal use and attempted election falsification.
Thursday court filings indicate Williams’ campaign committee bought a $2,255 pair of season tickets in 2010, reporting they were “for campaign volunteers.” Williams then sold the tickets and deposited the proceeds in her personal bank account.
Williams was president of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus at the time, which has seen two members imprisoned and another charged in a payday industry lobbying probe.
She admits wrongdoing, and has apologized and pledged not to repeat the mistake.