Email blowin’ up today. The Ted Camp (Zack has you here, Ted – really) has a new statement out on Krazy Kenny’s apparent frosted pane of transparency. It’s a gooder. Can’t even live up to the “Republican idea” of disclosure. Damn, son. To distinguish yourself from even Taft. Heh. I guess Ken Taftwell is a compliment now.

Ken Blackwell talks transparency, but Ohioans can see through his rhetoric

Columbus, Ohio – When millionaire Ken Blackwell appears side by side with President George W. Bush and Governor Bob Taft tonight at an exclusive $2 million fundraiser, he’ll be able to compare his record of failed leadership–but not his tax returns.

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Blackwell Can’t Match Bush, Taft Records on Disclosure

Ken Blackwell talks transparency, but Ohioans can see through his rhetoric

Columbus, Ohio – When millionaire Ken Blackwell appears side by side with President George W. Bush and Governor Bob Taft tonight at an exclusive $2 million fundraiser, he’ll be able to compare his record of failed leadership–but not his tax returns.

Blackwell has proclaimed himself a champion of transparency in campaign finance and government, going so far as to call disclosure a “Republican idea,” and yet he refuses to release his returns, failing to match even Bob Taft’s record of transparency. [Cleveland Plain Dealer, 3/21/02]

According to the Toledo Blade, every Ohio gubernatorial candidate in the last 35 years has released his tax returns, including Taft. And in April, President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney released their returns, indicating that Americans have a right to know just where their elected officials earn their income.

“Mr. Blackwell treats transparency in government as a punchline, not a serious effort to make sure Ohio voters know more about the income and motivations of their elected officials,” said Keith Dailey, spokesman for gubernatorial candidate Congressman Ted Strickland.

In 2002, Blackwell’s spokesman Carlo LoParo said “Both the governor and the secretary of state believe all dollars in the political arena should be disclosed without exception.” [Cleveland Plain Dealer, 6/18/02]

In 2004 as pay-to-play scandals plagued Columbus, Blackwell said “every political dollar should be subject to transparency.” [Columbus Dispatch, 7/11/04]

Ken Blackwell desperately wants to be seen as separate from the scandal-plagued Republican leadership that has run Ohio for 16 years, and in fact, he is–he represents even less transparency and accountability in government than Bob Taft.

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