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CLEVELAND-- Democratic gubernatorial contender Ed FitzGerald says he's returning an improper campaign donation from an investment banker who he nominated to a local economic-development board.

The Northeast Ohio Media Group reported Wednesday ( http://bit.ly/17tctft ) the Cuyahoga County executive collected the $1,000 contribution from banker J.W. Sean Dorsey in April, a week before nominating the League Park Advisors CEO to the Cuyahoga County Community Improvement Corp.

The panel reviews economic-development loan requests, not unlike Republican Gov. John Kasich's job-creation board, JobsOhio.

Under the ethics ordinance FitzGerald championed after taking over Cuyahoga County's corruption-ridden government in 2011, county appointees can't contribute to politicians who appoint them.

FitzGerald's campaign said it had flagged and planned to return the donation. An Ohio Republican Party spokesman said it shouldn't take five months to return a check.