From the daily archives: Friday, September 27, 2013

In August 2011 the Toledo Blade reported that Josh Mandel’s senate campaign had received over $100,000 in questionable donations from Ben Suarez and his wife, along with employees of Suarez’s company.  A PAC associated with Mandel also received $30,000 from the Suarez’s

By late May, almost 10 months after finding out the money was tainted, and with the FBI now investigating Suarez, Mandel reluctantly returned the $100K.

Saurez was finally indicted this week on nine counts including conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government, conspiracy to violate campaign finance laws and witness tampering.

And suddenly – over two years after […]

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According to the website for Ohio’s Joint Legislative Ethics Committee (JLEC), there are 465 active lobbyist registrations related to JobsOhio, Kasich’s secretive, public-private development organization.  Kasich’s long time friend Don Thibaut is personally registered to lobby JobsOhio for 9 different organizations.

Which leaves me scratching my head.

If JobsOhio really is a completely private organization, as the Kasich administration claims, then why do lobbyists have to register with a state ethics group in order to communicate with the organization on behalf of their clients?

Don’t get me wrong, given the amount of money we’re giving JobsOhio – $6+ Billion in public […]

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