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Ohio Dems say GOP should embrace banning private money for governors
Republicans call it a smokescreen
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT JO INGLES


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Payments by Worthington Industries to Gov. Kasich have raised Democratic ire.
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Democrats at the Ohio Statehouse are introducing a new bill that they say will ensure Governors can’t receive money from private companies while they are in office. 

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JobsOhio, the state’s private job-creation company, recently gave Worthington Industries incentives worth half-a-million dollars.

But questions were raised when reports surfaced that Gov. Kasich was taking deferred compensation payments from that company while he was in office. The governor says the company deserved the money it got from the state but it raises protests from some groups that want more transparency in JobsOhio.  And it is prompting some Democratic state representatives to bring forward a bill that would forbid governors from accepting money from a private company while in office. Rep. Ron Gerberry says majority Republicans should be willing to pass this legislation, regardless of the political affiliation of the governor.

"If the shoes were reversed here, I could assure you this type of legislation would be introduced," he says. 

But Republicans don’t appear quick to embrace this legislation. "I think it’s a Democratic smoke screen," says Matt Borges, head of the Ohio Republican Party.

Republicans, including Borges, are pointing to the indictment last week of Amer Ahmad, the ex-chief of staff for former Democratic state Treasurer Kevin. 

 

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