Plunderbund recently broke the news that ECOT, Ohio’s largest online charter school, “appears to have overcharged the state of Ohio for nearly 35 million dollars in the 2014-15 school year, one third of the school’s total funding for the year” by overstating its enrollment numbers.


Rosenberger speaking at ECOT

A few days later we found out that House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger spoke at ECOT’s graduation ceremony this year, following a long list of prominent Republicans to fill that roll.

For example, John Kasich spoke at the 2011 ECOT graduation.  Republican Supreme Court Justice Terrence O’Donnell spoke in 2013.  In 2014, House Speaker Bill Batchelder spoke at the ECOT graduation ceremony and a year later, after retiring from the Ohio House, joined the lobbying firm representing ECOT. Last year Ohio Auditor David Yost spoke at the graduation.

Here’s how much ECOT Founder Bill Lager has personally contributed to each of those Republicans:

Batchelder: $21,000
Rosenberger:  $24,311
O’Donnell:  $3,450
Yost:  $11,395

Nothing to look at here. Move along.



  • Ron T

    I have learned to trust my nose when something doesn’t seem right. I know what I smell is the influence of money but I never see the money, who gives to who and how? Do the legislators directly report this?

  • Sy Colepath

    So, ECOT will be refunding our money, right?

  • Retrofuturistic

    I wonder if they prayed. The last time Kasich went to the ECOT graduation, he invoked the Lord. At an event that receives taxpayer money, which should have been illegal.

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