Monday, July 03, 2006


$45,400 - 5 - 4 and . . . 1???

Drew Crew asks, what's up with this?
Despite evidence that Noe used more than two dozen people to help him multiply his political giving, only former Taft aide Doug Talbott has paid the price. He admitted last year to taking Noe money and contributing it to three Ohio Supreme Court justices.
OCA's Turcer has an idea:
Catherine Turcer, legislative director for Ohio Citizen Action, said the decision to not charge the federal conduits or Ms. Perz for being a state conduit "is about people passing the buck, so to speak."

"We let them off the hook, which then makes one wonder whether using conduits is so commonplace. It won't stop being ordinary or common if they don't do more than slap them on the wrist. How do you stop this illicit, illegal, and inappropriate conduct if they give them a pass every time?" she said.But critics wonder if more could have been discovered, if more questions about politics and fund-raising could have been answered.

. . .

Ms. Turcer, the legislative director of Ohio Citizen Action, said the lack of charges against conduits - on the federal and state level - is a failure of the system.

"It is astonishingly painful to imagine that this kind of monkey business is happening and the judicial system does not seem to care," she said.
The Blade reporters also report a fairly lame defense of the lack of charges:
Ms. Perz invoked her Fifth Amendment rights "on more than one occasion,'' said David Freel, executive director of the Ethics Commission. She also would not consent to a sworn interview, Mr. Nick said.
She may have refused a sworn interview with the Ethics Commission, but didn't she and her daughter testify before a grand jury? Wouldn't Freel or someone else on the investigation panel have access to a transcript of her testimony?


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