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Stick to the truth

October 28, 2012
The Review

Dear Editor:

Recently, the Ohio Democratic Party mailed an attack ad against Craig Newbold. My first thought was: "Hasn't Mr. Barborak done anything that they could use to promote him in a positive light, instead of sinking to misleading mudslinging again?"

They said, " Newbold took $499,000 for his own organization in federal stimulus money." They referenced an article from 5/30/10 ... they apparently just didn't bother to actually read the article. Quoting from The Review, " The Laus Deo (Latin for "Praise be to God") Foundation is a private nonprofit foundation begun in the 1990s by Craig and Rose Newbold of Columbiana. Last October, the foundation was awarded $499,000 in stimulus money through the U.S. Department of Agriculture to start a program for loaning money to new and existing small businesses."

The truth is that in 2008, the Foundation decided to apply for a competitive grant that would directly benefit small and emerging businesses with a focus on creating jobs in Columbiana County.

The truth is that the grant application was submitted by, reviewed and awarded to the Laus Deo Foundation, not to Craig Newbold, in 2009 ... long before Mr. Newbold even considered serving in public office.

The truth is the grant award of $499,000 went directly and entirely to the Foundation's small business loan program.

To date, the Foundation has made 16 loans, totaling $713,000 loaned in Columbiana County and 65 jobs were initially created or retained. The Foundation has helped businesses in Salem, Lisbon, Leetonia, East Palestine, Columbiana, East Liverpool, and Wellsville. The Foundation's small business loan program has, in fact, been a huge success and our record of economic development, job creation and small business support is exceptional. $713,000 injected into the small business community of this county is no small feat and the Foundation's loan program is something that can be held up as an example of what is working in our county. The 65-plus jobs that support 65-plus families are also something to be commended ... not misrepresented.

The truth is that the Newbolds have not gained one penny from the Foundation, and, in fact, have given of their own personal money to the small business loan program. Craig Newbold put his money where his mouth is and supported Columbiana County's vital small businesses, and the jobs they create, long before he ever ran for any state office, and he has continued that dedication while serving in office.

Mr. Barborak has seemingly chosen to use his voice, through misleading advertising, just to try to manipulate voters.

The truth is that even though you are running a political agenda, Mr. Barborak, you should still be expected to stick to the factual truth, and it would be appreciated if you stuck to political topics and not the misrepresentation of a non-political Foundation that is working diligently to help the small business community of Columbiana County and to foster job creation here.

Deborah Hill

East Liverpool



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