A few months back, as the SB5/Issue 2 battle was heating up, Treasurer Josh Mandel put up his “transparency” website which allowed people to search for the salaries of public employees in Ohio. The data, obtained from the right-leaning Buckeye Institute, not only excluded the salaries of a number of key advisers to Mandel, but it also highly overstated the salaries of many public employees.

As all this was going on, Mandel was delaying the release his personal financial disclosure forms with the United State Senate for 6 months supposedly to make sure everything was exactly right.

Here’s the thing: if you compare his own salary for 2010 on the website against the salary he listed on his PFDs, they are different.

On Mandel’s Transparency website, his salary for 2010 is listed as: $65,584. But his Senate PFD form lists his 2010 salary as: $63,160.80.



Sure, it’s not a huge difference, approximately the value of one of Mandel’s paychecks for that period. But come on!

This guy is the TREASURER of the State of Ohio. His job is to manage Ohio’s money. His job is to make sure the numbers DO match up.

When the opposing party and the media and the blogs and everyone else in the world is focused in on you for two reasons: your late PFD forms and the errors in your “transparency” website, don’t you think you’d take 30 seconds to at least make sure the numbers match up?