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The documentary Pay 2 Play, opening September 26 in Columbus and Cincinnati, brings us back to Ohio’s outlandish Noe/Coingate scandal to tell the tale of quid pro quo.   Described by filmmaker John Wellington Ennis as capturing “the grand opera of Ohio politics,” the 2005 scandal highlights everything that is wrong with our system.  How political connections and campaign contributions led to the state of Ohio investing in beanie babies continues to be jaw-dropping.

To remind us all that we aren’t just talking about corruption from years ago, in the film the man described by senior columnist Tom Suddes as [...]

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Each week Terry Casey gets quoted in the papers and appears on local political talk shows promoting John Kasich and GOP policies without disclosing that he works for John Kasich as a Kasich-appointed state board member, or that he is paid tens of thousands of dollars each year by Ohio Republican organizations.  Can we get some disclosure here, people?

Just today, 10TV quoted Casey attacking Ed FitzGerald.  And this past weekend, Casey was a guest on the local political show the Spectrum on NBC 4 defending Mike DeWine’s handling of the shooting case in Beavercreak.  In both cases Casey was simply identified [...]

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This past July, Mike DeWine’s campaign tried to win the Ohio FOP endorsement by distributing fliers at the FOP state convention.  Their plan: distract FOP delegates away from DeWine’s support of SB5 by attacking DeWine’s opponent David Pepper.  The fliers used images of actors portraying police officers; images obtained through online clip art provider iStock.

FOP delegates were not impressed.  And some, I assume, were rightfully offended by DeWine’s use of images of actors dressed up as police officers on campaign literature aimed at law enforcement professionals.

DeWine’s opponent David Pepper received the endorsement with over two thirds of the vote.

Sadly, it seems DeWine did [...]

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It would be difficult for anyone in Columbus, Ohio to have a serious discussion about our small business community without mentioning Elizabeth Lessner.

Lessner’s Tip Top restaurant helped drive the Gay Street revival downtown.  Ditto for Betty’s and Surly Girl in the Short North.  Don’t forget Dirty Frank’s on Fourth Street.  And don’t even get me started about her “room” empire: the Tiki Room, the Torpedo Room, the Jury Room and, of course, the Chintz Room.

Tonight Ms. Lessner hit the nail on the head with her criticism of Governor John Kasich.   With her permission, we are happy to repost her Facebook comments about Kasich and his [...]

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The Columbus Dispatch released a “poll” this weekend that is so amazingly bad, so biased and so clearly aimed at promoting John Kasich’s campaign for governor, that it should be embarrassed to call itself a news organization.

Last week we revealed that Dispatch Editor Marrison was scheduled to headline a GOP fundraiser (he later cancelled).   This week the Kasich/Dispatch love affair hit a new low when the paper reported its poll results on the front page the Sunday edition, proudly declaring “Kasich ahead by 30 points.”

Let’s be clear here, FitzGerald hasn’t been doing great in the polls, but not one of the five [...]

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Multiple papers reported today that Mike DeWine has again refused to release surveillance video from the police-involved shooting at a Wal-Mart in Beavercreek, Ohio on August 5th.

Each story discussed known details about the shooting and recent online petitions to release the video of killing of John Crawford III.  But none of the papers bothered to ask the obvious question:  Why is Mike DeWine still involved with this case?

Last week DeWine told the Dayton Daily News that Hamilton County Prosecutor Mark Piepmeier was in charge of the case and his role was “at this point not much.”

And yet, as today’s announcement [...]

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This morning we wrote about an upcoming fundraising luncheon hosted by the Franklin County Republican Party.  The event was supposed to feature Columbus Dispatch Editor Ben Marrison and other members of the Dispatch staff.

Around 2PM this afternoon we received a Tweet from media blogger Jim Romenesko linking to his post about the luncheon.  Romenesko contacted Marrison and was told that the event had been cancelled.

We confirmed the cancellation with Mr. Marrison this evening.  He provided us this statement:

As of this morning, we are not participating in the panel. For context, The Dispatch like most newspapers has a long [...]

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The Athletic Club of Columbus is a popular forum for political events in Central Ohio.  They often host debates, discussions and even fundraisers.   For the past few years, the Franklin County Republican Party has held regular Quarterly Leadership Luncheons at the club featuring local reporters and editors from the Columbus Dispatch.

In 2010, the luncheon featured “a panel from the Columbus Dispatch” that promised “a look at the current political landscape and 2010 races,” according to the event’s invitation. Potential attendees were informed that proceeds would “directly support the Franklin County Republican Party.” The cost of attending was $50.00 and checks were to [...]

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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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A national set of Prosecution Standards provide very clear guidance on the types of conflicts of interest that would require a prosecutor to leave an investigation.  One specific conflict involves family members who are also lawyers involved in a case.  According to the standards, a “prosecutor should excuse himself or herself from the investigation and prosecution of any person who is represented by a lawyer related to the prosecutor as a parent, child, sibling, spouse, or domestic partner, or who has a significant financial relationship with the prosecutor.”

In the case of John Crawford III, the 21-year old man recently shot and killed by police at a [...]

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Plunderbund is very disappointed in the decision issued last week by the Ohio Supreme Court related to our lawsuit against the Kasich administration for public records related to threats against the governor.  We believe it is one of the most damaging decisions impacting open government in years.

The court has effectively granted carte blanche to anyone in government to hide virtually any document by simply claiming it is a “security document” just like the Ohio Highway Patrol and the Ohio Department of Public Safety have done with the records we requested and were denied.

As the ACLU of Ohio [...]

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