Thursday, August 04, 2005

Still Waiting

We are checking previously filed campaign finance reports, on news that my colleague Betty Shultz has reported $5000 and $1000 checks from Tom Noe on her latest report. She could face returning close to $10,000 of suspect Noe contributions.

I called on the Republicans to give back the money way back in April. In Sen. Marc Dann's letter to prominent Republicans asking them to promptly return Noe's contributions, he notes "The Bureau has created an escrow account that will hold all returned contributions from Noe and disperse them back to the small business owners and injured workers at the appropriate time."

9 Comments:

Anonymous Sepp said...

Here's a thought...why not ask Noe himself to return that money? (not that it won't get taken from him anyways one way or another). If Tom gave money to the salvation army or the united way would you be calling on those organizations to return the dirty money? I think not. As for Sen Dann's escrow idea, I would'nt trust a democrat (or any other politician for that matter) to "hand over money" at the right time. More political grandstanding. Why not ask Mayor Ford to return the checks from Jimmy Jackson and Dave Ball since that money could be potentialy dirty too?

10:34 AM  
Blogger Frank said...

Sepp, you generally post a somewhat reasonable case, but on this stuff your a bit off kilter.

10:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard on 1370 that Dann was sanctioned by the Ohio Supreme Court for being unethical and incompetent. Frank, do you know whether this is true or not? If it is, I would not trust another sleazy lawyer.

1:42 PM  
Anonymous Sepp said...

Only somewhat reasonable? C'mon man, the Jackson / Ball deal stunk of impropriety from the start. Jackson being a friend of the mayor and being given city land when it was offered to be purchased by another party was just wrong. Before anyone knew the details and the extent of Tom Noe's scandal, You, Frank were at the front of the line stating how unethical it was for the governor to give a state contract to a friend. Both cases show a clear lack of ethics on the part of the elected leadership. Just because it's Jack, doesn't make it any less wrong.

4:23 PM  
Blogger Lisa Renee said...

not quite true about Dann, he was sanctioned but it was a clerical type error and there was no action taken except for a request for a public apology. I took the time to search out the actual sanction hearing which you can find online and it was a simple error related to a divorce case. He took responsibility for it, changed some office procedures to make sure it would not repeat and that was the end of it.

No big ethics deal like others have demonstrated recently. Doesn't surprise me that 1370 wouldn't provide all the facts.

Are you really interested in the facts? If so see for yourself.

http://www.sconet.state.oh.us/rod/newpdf/0/2004/2004-ohio-716.pdf

9:56 PM  
Blogger Lisa Renee said...

Sorry

There it is I keep forgetting you have to a href comments in blogger

:-)

9:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

While we're on the subject, why doesn't Marcy Kaptur return the money that she accepted from the late Edwin Bergsmark, a convicted felon and con artist who gave a lot of money to the local Democrats.

3:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

While we're on the subject, why doesn't Marcy Kaptur return the money that she accepted from the late Edwin Bergsmark, a convicted felon and con artist who gave a lot of money to the local Democrats.

3:46 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Illgotton booty is illgotton booty. Pirated by who or where does not matter. Frank mentions an experienced politician who knew better than to hang on to such questionable monies.

If a friend gave you a 5K donation that you even had a hunch was not gotton legitimately, you'd return or refuse it. It is common sense. We need to have accountability among our elected official, and if we cannot get it locally, we sure as heck cannot expect it on a State or Federal level.

Ms. Schultz knew better. She had the opportunity to return the money for over 6 months, but arrogantly chose not to. We should be angry at this behavior by and elected official. Worse, the damage has been done. Returning the money after it has already helped you seems to me to be not asking enough. You gain you feel the pain if the gain was won off of other people's pain (BWC?)

12:26 AM  

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