By: Mark Fitzgerald
In taking on Brown Publishing Co. CEO and President Roy Brown in the May 7 Republican primary for a congressional seat in Ohio, former Dayton Mayor Mike Turner knew he was running against someone who buys ink by the barrel. But in a formal complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) last week, Turner alleged that the Brown newspaper coverage has been so slanted, it amounts to an illegal campaign contribution from the company that publishes two dailies and eight weeklies in the state’s 3rd Congressional District.
Turner’s complaint alleges that in the first three months of this year, Brown papers published 70 articles on the race — 69 of which were “favorable” to the 34-year-old Roy Brown. A number of the articles, Turner, 42, complained, were simply campaign press releases, published “word for word, in some cases including typographical errors.”
However the FEC handles the complaint, Brown is far ahead of Turner in reported campaign contributions, the Dayton Daily News reported Wednesday in an article by staff writer Jim Bebbington. It said Turner had raised $201,165, compared with Brown’s more than $620,000 — almost all of it a loan from the candidate.