Cuayhoga County Executive and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald says he's returning an improper campaign donation from an investment banker he nominated to a local economic-development board.
Fitzgerald collected one thousand dollars from J.W. Sean Dorsey in April, a week before nominating the League Park Advisors CEO to the Cuyahoga County Community Improvement Corporation. The panel reviews economic-development loan requests. Under the ethics ordinance FitzGerald championed after taking over in 2011, county appointees may not contribute to politicians who appoint them. An Ohio Republican Party spokesperson says it should not take five months to return a check.