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Ohio Gov. John Kasich: Doing The Bidding of His Coal Industry Donors?

This morning, Talking Points Memo published an interview with George Elmaraghy, a former watchdog at the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency who blames the coal industry’s influence with Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio) for being forced out of his job over including strong federal pollution limits in permits to Ohio coal companies.

Renacci, Gibbs, Johnson raise cash from "at least one hundred K Streeters"

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) hosted a fundraiser in Washington last night that likely raised over $125,000 for three of his state’s vulnerable U.S. House members—Bob Gibbs, Bill Johnson, and Jim Renacci.

According to Politico (emphasis added):

John Boehner got $50k donation from CEO he helped in redistricting

In September, an aide to Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) urged redistricting officials to add the headquarters of the Timken Co. to the new district of freshmen Rep. Jim Renacci (R-Ohio).

On September 12th, 2011, Tom Whatman, the director of the speaker’s “Team Boehner” group wrote in an email to redistricting officials about the change. “Thanks guys. Very important to someone important to us all. I relly [sic] should have thought of this,” he wrote.

Jim Jordan Invites Donors to Testify at Hearing

Tomorrow, July 26th, the House Oversight Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs, Stimulus Oversight and Government Spending will hold a hearing entitled, “Lights Out: How EPA Regulations Threaten Affordable Power and Job Creation.”

Campaign for Fair Elections Video "Where's John Boehner" Named One of Summer's Best Political Ad's

Politico has named the Fair Elections ad "Where's John Boehner to the

Being Honest

Sen. George Voinovich (R-Ohio), the Buckeye State’s senior senator, announced today that he would not be running for reelection in 2010. Check out this sentence from his statement:

I must devote my full time, energy and focus to the job I was elected to do, the job in front of me, which seeking a third term – with the money-raising and campaigning that it would require – would not allow me to do.

Expense Reports

Jessica Wehrman of the Dayton Daily News looks in to what elected officials in Ohio are financing out of their campaign accounts -- Attorney General Marc Dann in particular -- in this article that includes commentary from our Executive Director, Nick Nyhart.

It's tricky to know where to draw the line on what an ethical campaign expenditure is, but Dann seems to have tread much closer to the line than other officials:


Ohio Scandal Nets Further Convictions

Corruption was a big issue on election night - and not just the national stories of Jack Abramoff, Duke Cunningham, and the like. Ohio has been wrapped up in the "Coingate" scandal since it broke last spring. Today the primary figure in the scandal,Tom Noe, a top Republican fundraiser, was convicted on 29 criminal counts related to his embezzlement scheme from a rare-coin investment fund he managed for the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation.


Noe Made a Mint Out of Appointment

The Toledo Blade has an in depth story on the man behind the Ohio Coingate controversy, Tom Noe. Noe, along with his wife, was a Bush pioneer, used his campaign cash to buy influence and, after submitting a request to the White House and Speaker  Hastert’s office, was granted a seat  and ultimately chairman of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee. From here, he used his influence and position to get insider information that would benefit his rare coin business.  

Bob Ney steps down

For anybody who missed it, Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH) over the weekend resigned his position as chairman of the House Administration Committee. Ney has come under fire for his close ties to Jack Abramoff, particularly after he was identified as "representative no. 1" in the court documents filed as part of Jack Abramoff's guildty plea.