From the daily archives: Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Look, unlike Sherrod Brown, we know that State Treasurer Josh Mandel doesn’t tend to his day job.  He’s not even really been campaigning for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate as much as he’s been just simply fundraising.  He’s been traveling everywhere and anywhere where Josh Mandel could raise a buck for his U.S. Senate campaign. 

Up until now, Mandel has been actually raising more money than Sherrod Brown every FEC report that’s been filed in the race so far (although Brown has had more money on hand.)

The latest polling shows Brown still sitting on […]

Full Story...

Today, the annual campaign finance reports were due for the State candidates.  And it’s kind of shocking frankly.  The report covers all campaign activity from July 1, 2011 until the end of the year.

According to the Secretary of State’s website, Mike DeWine’s campaign raised over $574,000 but spent nearly a million due to outstanding loans the committee owed DeWine personally for loans DeWine made in order to barely defeat Richard Cordray.  The report also shows over $10,000 in just legal fees.  According to the Secretary of State’s campaign finance website, DeWine’s campaign only has a little over $134,000 on […]

Full Story...

The Controlling Board is a bicameral, bipartisan legislative committee of the General Assembly.  By statute, the chair of the board is the director of the Office of Budget & Management or his/her designee.  The purpose of the Board is to review and approve various state contracts, examine and approve or deny applications to waive competitive bidding in government contracts, and make modifications to the appropriations in the State budget.  It’s supposed to be a watchdog type entity that does not approve contracts that seem dubious or questionable.

And yet, here’s today’s headline in the Columbus Dispatch:

For […]

Full Story...