From the daily archives: Thursday, September 4, 2014

Just about a year ago, America found out that Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife had been using funds from their political action committee (PAC) to buy things like “$9,800 in clothing.”  The PAC,  named Opportunity Virginia, became the primary way donors could funnel money to McDonnell after he was elected governor in November of 2009.

After the election, the PAC issued Maureen McDonnell a credit card, which she used to go on big department store shopping sprees.

Interestingly, a guy named D.J. Eckert served as McDonnell’s hand-picked political director for the PAC from January, 2010 through March, 2012 during the time the financial scandals were really underway.


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When Congressman John Kasich left the U.S. House of Representatives in 2001, after representing Ohio’s conservative 12th District in Washington for 18 years, he joined Lehman Brothers for a hefty salary. Lehman Brothers hired him to use his political access, cultivated over a lifetime as a political person who rose to chairman of the House Budget Committee, to generate lucrative business from Ohio investment entities, especially cash-rich retirement pension funds.

Citizen Kasich was in his element, getting all buddy-buddy with Lehman’s CEO at the time, Dick Fuld. Fuld loved Kasich and Kasich loved Fuld until Lehman collapsed, helping trigger the […]

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In a new chapter of, “Is Ohio Going to let Kasich Get Away with this Shit,” continued their month-long obituary for Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald in our great state’s Gubernatorial Smackdown, 2014 Edition.

Henry J. Gomez reports that two dozen Democratic “activists, operatives, local party leaders and elected officeholders spoke on the condition of anonymity to candidly discuss a future based on an expectation that FitzGerald will lose to Gov. John Kasich,” and the “jam the party is in and about which candidates they’re looking at for 2016 and 2018.”

On a condition of anonymity, two dozen […]

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