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 […]Full Story... →
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 […]Full Story... →