Thursday, May 26, 2005

Our $12,000,000 Is Missing

And who will investigate?

It should not be those five GOP State Supreme Court Justices who took money from Tom Noe, at least they have the good judgment to recuse themselves.

It should not be Governor Bob Taft, Auditor Betty Montgomery, nor Attorney General Jim Petro - they have all taken money from Tom Noe, and have let Noe get away with everything since the Capital Coin Fund got established in 1998. These elected officials should not only be held accountable by voters in Ohio, but by an independent special prosecutor.

Who should investigate?

Our City is about to lose $3.6 million at the hands of the Governor and GOP led General Assembly with the loss of Local Government Funds. The cut will impact our ability to provide police, fire and emergency response for people in Toledo. And we now have to suffer the loss of $12,000,000 in state-owned rare coins and assorted collectibles?

Where did that money go? Did Noe spend it on the Bush campaign? Who should investigate?

A news reporter asked me if this was just a political witchhunt and I replied, "Show me the money." It's public money that's gone and plenty of Noe political contributions to everyone from George W. Bush down to our own GOP County Commissioner Maggie Thurber suggest where it went.

Every taxpayer in Ohio owes the Toledo Blade newspaper gratitude for its investigative journalism into this horrendous breach of public trust. But the next steps are so very important. Taft, Montgomery, Petro and the entire Republican Party are absolutely compromised by their prior support from Tom Noe. The taxpayers of Ohio deserve an independent special prosecutor that will investigate the elected officials who failed to protect $12,000,000 in public money.

9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who cares about the $12 million--I want our state to get the whole $50 million bucks back. With college tuition tripling every year (Note: state funded universities 70% in late 1970s and now they fund less than 25%), funding loss for public transit (Note: state funding declined 55% since Year 2000), public schools, libraries, police, fire, and other services losing money from the state because they've been saying "We Columbus folks have no money for y'all". We are the 3rd highest taxed state in the nation! *GASPS* The nerve! Enough is ENOUGH!

I have earned a Master's Degree and we have a man that sat on the Board of Regents with NO COLLEGE DEGREE so he can talk smack and tell the academia society what to do with their schools--AND we have him on the Turnpike Committee a.k.a PRIVATELY FUNDED HIGHWAY when a couple of years ago our wonderful governor gave $23 million of our taxpayers money to the turnpike so they can lower their tolls and YET they still want us to pay a toll fee. What's wrong with this picture?

Last but not least this man since he recieved $50 million has a condo in Maumee, mansion in Catawba Island, and mansion in Key West and Lord who knows where else--maybe a penthouse overseeing the Central Park in NYC or maybe an apartment at the Watergate in DC. Anyway I'm not going to go into talking about his childhood-nostalia hobby collecting business which is mind-boggling to even engage to comprehend of who's stupid enough in this state to give that much money to invest in some crap.

Bottom line--Enough is ENOUGH!

The voters in this state trusted the elected officials and this is what you guys give back? Don't even think ONCE--and I mean ONCE to ask us for an increase in taxes for ANYTHING! It's time for accountability, it's time for expenditure to be under control, it's time to cut taxes and give the our money back and it's time to show the state who's the boss--we the voters.

Once again--Enough is ENOUGH!

6:39 AM  
Blogger Frank said...

Today's story in The Blade

today's Columbus Dispatch story

Cleveland Plain Dealer

AP report in Contra Costa, CA Times

Google Alerts is a handy news service for you news hounds out there.

8:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This story is also being picked up on Fox News Channel and their website.

8:58 AM  
Blogger Frank said...

Damage control.

9:03 AM  
Anonymous Sepp said...

Noe looks guilty as hell to me. The state should be collecting what money is accounted for and then start seizing assets until the debt is satisfied. The courts will decide what happens after that.
The tolls on the pike were lowered to lure truckers into using it and staying off of route 24 and other smaller roads where they are a danger and cause damage to the roads.

9:17 AM  
Anonymous B. Berger said...

I got involved with Republican poliitcs in Lucas County at the same time as Mr. Noe. I first met him @ the Lincoln Day diner in 92 or 93.

I always thought he was a friendly, outgoing man, but when he first came to town he had neither a job nor any money to speak of. He was however very skilled at networking and making connections.

Fifteen years later and his net worth is 1 million + with 3 houses including a large estate in Florida? The man still hasn't worked in any real sense, except to secure staate money and board seats rewarded by Governor Taft.

The state may only recover a small % of our loss from these assets! I suggest Governor Taft make up the shortfall from his own pocket, then resign.

10:07 AM  
Anonymous Sepp said...

Damage control???
I doubt that this mess could be "controlled". Tom is fighting a forest fire with a squirt gun.

10:07 AM  
Anonymous Earl from Ohio said...

For what it's worth, I've started a thread over on dailykos at

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2005/5/30/0281/24785

it will probably drop off of the front page within a few hours, so I'll start a new one int he AM.
EB

7:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As Frank mentioned above, the Toledo Blade deserves to be recognized for the hard work they did to uncover this scam. This is an incredible story of GOP corruption at it's worst. Talk about cronyism! Even the dishonorable governor has deep, deep connections to the scumbag Noe. Heads will roll bigtime and the Toledo Blade has made it possible.

8:11 PM  

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