While John Kasich continues to delay making decisions about Ohio’s new casinos, delaying billions of dollars in new development in Ohio, Kasich’s new casino commissioners (who are paid $60K/year to attend one meeting a month) have decided to sign an expensive lease on some swanky office space downtown.

Scott Pullins wrote about the new lease yesterday afternoon:

According to the April 6th meeting minutes, the commissioners took on the most pressing issue of the month, the need for plush downtown office space. Apparently, state government is absolutely out of office space in the Central Ohio area because the commissioners were forced to sign a lease for 10,000 square feet of office space at the Class A One Columbus Center for just under $12,000 per month. They were excited because with this lease came the option to take over the entire floor and easily expand to 17,000 feet.

I did a little digging and it turns out that One Columbus Center is managed by CB Richard Ellis and, suprise!, their upper-level managers have given thousands of dollars to the Kasich campaign.

To be fair, the Casino commission does need a lot of space. They are planning to hire over 100 employees. And being close to downtown certainly helps. But this administration’s proclivity to provide preferential treatment to its campaign contributors and friends leads me to believe that the contributions made by Richard Ellis’ management paid off big this time in this case.