During his primary this year, Ron Hood, Republican candidate for the Ohio House, participated in a Tea Party debate during which he complained about the unsustainable size of the state budget.  ”The nature of the legislator is to spend more money,” said Hood. “And they want to spend other people’s money, which is even worse.”

In the same debate Hood also claimed he believes in the principles of “smaller government”.  Hoping to appeal to voters in his district, which leans Republican, Hood is attempting to  portray himself as a fiscal conservative, but records obtained by Plunderbund reveal that Mr. Hood’s personal finances paint a very different picture.

According to records from the Pickaway County Court of Common Pleas, Ron Hood has been sued by Citibank, Discover Bank and American Express on at least five separate occasions for unpaid credit card bills totaling over $100,000.

In multiple cases Mr. Hood failed to properly respond to the court after being served with paperwork.  The lawsuits, filed in 2010 and 2011, resulted in rulings in favor of the banks with the court issuing judgement liens against Mr. Hood for the unpaid bills along with interest as recently as May 2012.

In the private sector, companies will often conduct background checks as a condition of employment to review the potential employee’s financial history.  Large unpaid debts are often a big red flag for employers who worry the employee may put the company at risk by being more likely to engage in fraud or more susceptible to bribery.  Candidates for Office in Ohio need only file a financial disclosure form with JLEC listing the named of their creditors, not the amount owed.  Hood’s most recent disclosure form does list the names of the banks who filed the lawsuits.

As we reported last week, Ron Hood previously served in the Ohio House where he sponsored anti-labor, anti-women and anti-LGBT legislation.  Hood has worked for the National Right to Work Committee since 2003.

We’ve been unable to contact Mr. Hood for comment. He appears to have no online presence for his campaign and his website, Ronhood.com, shows only an error page.

Hood is running against Democrat Jeremy VanMeter in Ohio’s 78th House District.

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  • westparkguy

    Another “do as I say, not as I do” Ohio GOTP congressman. This guy must be taking lessons from Teabagger Joe Walsh.

  • missskeptic

    And Andrew Brenner, 67th House, still owes over $70,000 in tax liens on he and his wife’s music business in Powell. that’s been over a year that the first liens were filed – he was taking his employees’ contributions for Medicare and not depositing them – a big IRS no-no. He also did not pay their BWC contributions. He’s a scumbag and people have his yard signs out.

  • Natasha

    Delaware County Clerk of Courts Jan Antonoplos has more than $304,000 in federal tax liens filed against her for “1040 taxes” going back to 2004.

    State Auditor Yost got a lien when he was Delaware County Auditor for non-payment of Ohio Income Taxes

    WTF is it with these tax deadbeat Republicans?

  • Lake Rat

    Sheesh- does this guy ever stay in one place? If it is the same one, he first ran around the Akron area, until he was run out of Dodge; then here in Perry County (and Licking); now he’s in the 78th?! Always the same yard sign: “Republican Ron Hood”; one would think the ‘Pugs might finally wise up…

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