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Jeffrey Mims is the front-runner for Dayton’s mayor, having raked in 58.43% of the vote with two challengers in the 2021 primary. Some comments on his campaign finance records:

  1. Unlike others, Mims’ treasurer actually filled out the forms provided by the Secretary of State instead of adding an attachment with a list of donors. This actually made the list more difficult to add into a database and more difficult to search. This is a problem with Ohio’s Secretary of State (Frank LaRose), campaign finance laws, and the state’s attempts to pretend to be transparent while actually being opaque.
  2. Especially on the expenditure report, Mims’ treasurer failed to fill out much of the basic information. His treasurer, Willis Blackshear Jr., is in the state legislature, has worked for county government, and is the son of a long-term elected official. He should know better. These omissions don’t suggest anything nefarious—nor does anything in the expenditures appear suspicious—but allowing sloppy campaign finance reporting makes corruption easier for others.
  3. Many entities on the expenditure list are entered multiple times with different variations of the same name. Again, this does not appear to indicate any corrupt activity on Mims’ part, but because the state does not require uniformity others can take advantage of this type of sloppiness. For example, donors can get away with exceeding limits by donating multiple times using variations of the same name. Or expenditures can be funneled into organizations that are difficult to trace.
  4. 18 out of 40 donations come from outside of Dayton.
  5. $12,075 out of the $22,250 Mims raised came from outside of Dayton. $17,075 if you include Doug Mann and Michael Dyer, who used their Dayton law firm’s address instead of their home addresses.

 

Jeffrey Mims 2021 Pre-Primary Campaign Donations

wdt_ID Last Name First Name Address City State Zip Amount
1 Smith Franklin 5524 Utah Ave. NW Washington, DC 20,015 100
2 Thoma Doug 2369 Sydneys Bend Dr. Miamisburg OH 45,342 1,000
3 McGohan Scott 165 Meadowbrook Dr. Springboro OH 45,006 1,000
4 McGohan Patrick 4521 Southern Blvd. Kettering OH 45,429 1,000
5 Simms Charles 2785 Orchard Run Rd. Dayton OH 45,449 500
6 Woodard Jason 146 Castle Pine Ct. Xenia OH 45,385 1,000
7 Thompson Greg 4197 Research Blvd Beavercreek OH 45,430 500
8 Russell Charles 579 Rustic Trail Beavercreek OH 45,434 250
9 Davis Julian 321 Pisgah Church Rd. Greensboro NC 27,455 500
10 Monita Bear 434 E. First St. Dayton OH 45,402 1,000
Last Name First Name Address City State Zip Amount

Jeffrey Mims 2021 Pre-Primary Campaign Expenditures

wdt_ID Entity Address City State Zip Amount Purpose
1 Fedex Office 24900024935 1189 Miamisburg Centerville Rd. Centerville OH 45,459 21.08 Mailing
2 Fedex Office 1189 Miamisburg Centerville Rd. Centerville OH 45,459 15.06 Mailing
3 Lamar C Ford OH 180.00 Campaign Shirts
4 The One Eleven 111 W. First St. Dayton OH 45,402 158.22 Campaign Committee Meeting
5 Fedex Office 1189 Miamisburg Centerville Rd. Centerville OH 45,459 12.34 Mailing
6 Fedex Office 1189 Miamisburg Centerville Rd. Centerville OH 45,459 9.64 Mailing
7 PNC Bank 5820 N. Dixie Dr. Dayton OH 45,414 5.00 Bank Fee
8 Protec II Security Sys Dayton 4505 N. Main St. Dayton OH 45,405 294.25 Printing of Campaign Shirts
9 Corporate ACH Act Blue OH 7.50 ACH Fee
10 Corporate ACH VantiveCommerce Funds OH 9.52 ACH Fee
Entity Address City State Zip Amount Purpose