Schmidt Got $105K-Plus from Turkish Coalition in 2011

Jean Schmidt

Jean Schmidt

BY DEE SHESGREEN
The Cincinnati Enquirer

CINCINNATI—Rep. Jean Schmidt received $582,768 over three years from the Turkish Coalition of America, and she still owed at least $515,000 in legal fees at the end of 2011, according to her most recent financial disclosure report.

The Miami Township Republican reported three debts—all to law firms that represented her in her legal tangle with opponent David Krikorian and the ethics case that ensued.

Last summer, the House ethics committee found that Schmidt had accepted an improper gift from the Turkish Coalition. Although the panel found that she didn’t know the coalition was paying her legal fees, it ordered her to repay the funds and report them on her disclosure form.

Schmidt sued Krikorian after he claimed that she had taken “blood money” from the government of Turkey in exchange for her opposition to efforts that would label as “genocide” the killings of Armenians living in Turkey during World War I.

The Ohio Elections Commission ruled in her favor; she also filed a defamation lawsuit against Krikorian in June 2010, in Clermont County Common Pleas Court, seeking $6.8 million in damages. She has since dropped that case.

To comply with the ethics ruling, Schmidt reported receiving about $430,000 in 2009 and 2010 from the Turkish coalition. And her latest report shows she got another $152,658 in 2011.

So far, she has repaid about $43,000 of the legal tab from her personal funds. She has said she intends to raise money through her legal expense trust to replay the rest.

But she’s only raised $5,000 for that account. And when she leaves Congress early next year, she will not have to comply with the House ethics ruling.

Overall, Schmidt reported assets valued at between $2.85 million and $10.4 million. Lawmakers only have to report their assets and debts in wide ranges, so determining precise net worth is not possible.

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  1. Alex Postallian said:

    It is truly sad,a crooked politician gets so much leverage with the system.My thanks to David Krikorian,for wirhstanding the crooked ugly Clermont resident,my disdain for the clowns in Clermont Co, who supported the low life for seven yrears,and the Ohio Election Commission for being so much a fraud.They have a good man in her place,more than those clowns in Clermont Co deserve.

  2. George said:

    Only Money and Oil talk and not Justice, Human Right, Discency, Truth, and Moral Values

  3. Shahe said:

    Giving or receiving improper gift is an indication of low quality of character. Accepting to elect such persons to rule or organize and legislate the country reflects the ethical level, put otherwise the lack of ethical level, of the people electing such people. Imagine how poor is the level in general knowledge of the common people in the USA in the areas electing such people. Such people for such such rulers.

  4. Shahe said:

    Giving or receiving improper gift is an indication of low quality of character. Accepting to elect such persons to rule or organize and legislate the country reflects the ethical level, put otherwise the lack of ethical level, of the people electing such people. Imagine how poor is the level in general knowledge of the common people in the USA in the areas electing such people. Such people for such such rulers. More than that there are immigrants who are ready to join this category type of a community.

  5. Matt Dower said:

    You can clearly see the devil in people who are money hungry.

  6. Pingback: Turkish Coalition gave nearly 600000 to outgoing Rep. Schmidt – Politico (blog)

    • Alex Postallian said:

      The turkees are real stupid,I know,but 600,000 is way out of line.You got to know your thief $100,000 is close to it,probably could have got it done for $10,000.You know the parties are so much the biggest LIARS,you would never know,and who cares.SHE IS OUT..The sad thing she will be on the government dole system all her life !!!!

  7. Alex Postallian said:

    She got all that money for being a STOOGE for the turks,the irony is,how little the turkees think of their own people,when the illiteratcy rate is 70%,of the population.The ignorant people vote for the same mongols in office,who deny and steal.

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