Last Friday DeWine’s facial recognition database disaster got worse when we found out that tens of thousands of people throughout the country have access to the system which has some of the worst security in the country. We also found out it could take up to a year to disable the accounts of people who leave their jobs and should no longer have access to the database.
DeWine’s office allowed the system to go live in June without proper security procedures in place and without making a public announcement. On Monday, David Pepper released a plan to fix the system’s security flaws.
On Tuesday the Dispatch reported that DeWine received over $20K from a lobbyist for a company that supplies “electronic raffle” machines to VFW and American Legion locations around the state. Like the machines in Ohio’s Internet cafes, DeWine has claimed the raffle machines are illegal. DeWine has spent months raiding and shutting down Internet cafes while taking no action against the raffle machines.
DeWine’s office claims the tens of thousands of dollars in political donations had no impact on his decision not to try to shut down the raffle machines.
Yesterday the Plain Dealer reported that Mike DeWine diverted nearly 20% of the $100 Million his office received from the National Mortgage Settlement to pay for programs completed unrelated to foreclosure and fraud prevention as the settlement stipulated. DeWine defended the decision, calling the $18 Million he spent “a relatively small amount”.
David Pepper disagreed, calling this an “enormous amount of money” that DeWine turned into “a slush fund for unrelated spending”.