As we reported on Friday, JobsOhio has started running ads on Ohio television stations, aimed at Ohioans, touting Ohio’s economic accomplishments since Kasich took office.

Again, they don’t mention ALL of the jobs that were created in Ohio since the economy started turning around 13 months prior to Kasich taking office. And they don’t simply focus on the jobs created or retained under JobsOhio’s watch, which didn’t start until at least a year after Kasich took office.

Instead, they are only focused on the jobs that were created since the current Governor took office, and they are aimed at Ohioans, making it quite obvious that these aren’t economic development tools but instead Kasich campaign ads.

A good example is the ad below, which shows a robot arm moving test tubes back and forth between the same racks for no apparent purpose, while text appears on the screen talking about all of Kasich’s economic “successes”.

I can’t think of a better analogy for JobsOhio than this: an expensive robot distracts viewers with a high-tech shell game while Kasich tries to claim responsibility for economic successes that started long before he took office.

Yesterday Cuyahoga County Executive FitzGerald sent Kasich a letter calling the ads – which cost over 1.4 MILLION DOLLARS – a “waste of taxpayer dollars”.   It appears, according to FitzGerald, that Kasich is using state resources for his “re-election effort.” And that certainly does seem to be true.

This isn’t the first set of rah-rah-go-Kasich ads that JobsOhio has produced.

Last December they made a three minute ad, shown below, featuring the CEO’s of companies that received millions in incentives from Kasich to help move or build new corporate headquarters for their companies.

Omnicare received $6 Million to move their headquarters back across the Ohio River.  Bob Evans and their “shabby benefits” received $8 Million to move their corporate headquarters a few miles down the road.  And American Greetings got a whopping  $93.5 million in State money for the same reason.

These companies collectively received over $100 million from the Kasich administration to move their companies across town or over a river.   And in at least two cases – Bob Evans and American Greetings – the companies have actually cut hundreds of Ohio jobs since accepting the state incentives.

Is it any wonder these CEO’s are so excited about John Kasich?

Because JobsOhio is not subject to public record requests and their books are not open to public scrutiny, we don’t actually know the full extent of their spending on making and distributing these videos.  We don’t know if the contracts went to Kasich’s friends like Rex Elsass and we don’t know if JobsOhio is spending additional money accepted from private companies or individuals hoping to curry favor with the Governor or hoping to receive financial assistance from JobsOhio.

What we DO know about JobsOhio is already scary enough:  they are spending millions in tax payer dollars on ads aimed at Ohioans to promote Governor Kasich and his reelection campaign.

Just imagine what we DON’T know.



  • dmoore2222

    People aren’t buying this crap. They know when they look around their neighborhoods and chuches who is employed and who isn’t and what kind of wages these jobs bring. Yeah, a 7% unemployment rate sounds great but what’s the take home pay and benefits, if any, look like? Many Ohio workers have made wage and benefit concessions, haven’t gotten raises in years, or have gotten re-employed for half of what they used to make. This isn’t going to result in a win for Kasich because people know how they feel when times are really good. They know the difference between a good job and a survival job (or jobs). Take the auto related jobs out of the equation and the job numbers are enemic. And the UAW isn’t gonna let voters forget about that come 2014.

  • JLM452

    This is surprising coming from a weasel of Kasich’s caliber? Just wait until election year.

  • So we throw our money to companies who really do not need it. But yet we are lead to believe that things that would actually help those who need it like women who depend on Planned parenthood for their health needs is a waste of our money. That it is large government when you help people but it is not large government when we throw millions of dollars to companies who never were going to leave Ohio in the first place. Really this is why when I was young and had to many immediate things to think of that I could not even begin to worry about politics. It just makes me sick.. And tired… and scared of what some people in office are capable of really doing.;; only to help themselves.

  • And Kasich cannot I repeat CANNOT claim to be the auto industries savior. So are you ready for that bus yet Kasich because it is coming to get you.

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