Cincinnati Enquirer slammed for doxxing family address after donating to school board candidate via Venmo
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The Cincinnati Enquirer was arraigned on Friday for having doxed the home address of a family who had donated money to a school board candidate through Venmo.
The Gannett-owned newspaper reported on Thursday about the legality of political donations accepted by local school board challengers Russ Loges and Darbi Boddy on the popular money exchange app.
However, as political strategist John Ashbrook pointed out, the Enquirer shared screenshots of Venmo that revealed the personal address of one of Boddy’s Venmo donors on his website.
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“The Cincinnati Enquirer just spoke to a middle class family in West Chester about the school board issue,” Ashbrook tweeted.
Ashbrook also pointed out that Venmo’s screenshot was also shared on the Enquirer’s Twitter page.
The Enquirer has faced backlash on social media, including from prominent Ohio Republicans.
“This is absolutely unacceptable. I would expect national journalists to harass families, but not our local newspaper,” responded JD Vance, a native of Cincinnati and candidate for the Ohio Senate.
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“Labeled as a ‘domestic terrorist’, doxed by the media – This is what worried parents face when they just try to exercise their right to free speech, to have a say in educating their children and protecting their children. Absolutely unacceptable, “tweeted Jane Timken, former President of the Ohio Republican Party, also a candidate for the Senate.
The screenshot was then cleaned up by the Enquirer due to negative attention.
A spokesperson for Gannett told Fox News: “The cropping of the promotional image was corrected immediately although campaign donations are common knowledge.”
Fox News has also reached out to Enquirer reporters Erin Glynn and Madeline Mitchell, who co-wrote the report, for comment.
Loges and Darby, two of eight candidates vying for three open seats on the Lakota School Board, are campaigning against critical race theory among other issues that have picked up the nationwide education debate, but both accepted money through Venmo, which could have legal ramifications, according to the report.
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“I’m not an approved candidate, so I do everything myself,” Loges told the Enquirer. “But it’s not clear, and even the forms say checks and I’m like, we don’t order anything with checks anymore. You have to pay for things online and have them shipped to you, you know? ain’t like, dunno, i just feel like the paperwork maybe even archaic. “
Boddy is said to have a separate Venmo account for his campaign, but according to the Inquirer “did not explain the transactions”.
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