Tuesday, September 12, 2006

More corruption or change, its your choice.

The job description of the State Auditor from Betty Montgomery's official web site:

"With nearly 1,000 employees – more than 700 of whom are auditors – the Ohio Auditor of State’s Office is one of the largest accounting offices in the nation. Our staff is dedicated to serving Ohio’s taxpayers with the highest levels of accountability, integrity, and professionalism. The Auditor of State is the constitutional officer responsible for auditing all public offices in Ohio, including cities; villages; schools; universities; counties; townships; and state agencies, boards, and commissions. The office strives to ensure that public funds are spent appropriately and lawfully, in accordance with state and local lawupon taking office, Auditor of State Betty Montgomery pledged to aggressively root out fraud and public corruption — and help prosecute those who would seek to use public funds for personal gain."

Today Tom Noe a well-known contributor to George W. Bush and Republican state office holders was sentenced to 27 months in prison, plus fines and community service for his illegal contributions. This is before he is to stand trial for defrauding the State of Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Fund for over 50 million dollars, and after the Still Governor of the State Bob Taft has been found guilty of taking undocumented gifts from this man.

Where was the auditor while this was going on? She herself was accepting campaign contributions from Tom Noe and worked to exempt the Rare Coin business, Noe's front for his fraudulent activities, from state sales taxes. Good job Ms. Auditor!

Now she wants to be the chief law enforcement officer of the state. Oh wait, she has done that job before in fact in the late 1990s, Montgomery directed contracts for University of Akron legal representation to lawyers connected to a political patron.

She takes care of the right people to keep her playing musical state offices, but unfortunately not the citizens and taxpayers of Ohio.

On the other hand we have Marc Dann, a current State Senator who filed suit against the convicted Governor Taft demanding records on the BWC investigation.

His impressive resume from his web site: "A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Senator Marc Dann is a 1984 graduate of the University of Michigan, where he earned a Bachelors degree in History. He graduated from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 1987 and, after devoting the initial stages of his career to public service, entered private practice in Youngstown, Ohio in 1991. Today he continues to practice law in the Mahoning Valley."

He is not new to fighting corruption in 2oo3 he introduced legislation designed to bring transparency and accountability to campaign fundraising and government contracting.

If you want more of the same ole corruption that has not only embarrassed this state but also defrauded its citizens, put Montgomery as the wolf watching the hen house. But if you want accountability, change and real action taken to bring those that steal from Ohio taxpayers to justice, Marc Dann is the choice.

sources: http://www.auditor.state.oh.us/AboutAos/, www.dispatch.com, http://www.dannforohio.com/


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