Earlier this week, Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray announced a $9 million settlement with AIG for conspiring with rivals to jack up insurance premiums.

The Ohio Republican Party thought they smelled a political winner by claiming that the lawsuit was actually a winner for private lawyers who handled the case after donating money to Cordray’s campaign.

So, being Republicans, Ohio GOP Chairman Kevin DeWine attacked Cordray by claiming that he and Marc Dann (who had filed the suit) used the suit to reward their campaign donors by steering the work to them.

The Ohio GOP message machine felt like they were soaring like an eagle…

until both Marc Dann and Richard Cordray pointed out that the suit was handled entirely by the staff of the Ohio A.G.

And the Columbus Dispatch reports that public documents confirm it.

Pretty bad when you can’t even attack Marc Dann right…

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