Ohio Seneca County Commission President Mike Kerschner Subject of Public Records Inquiry
August 16, 2018
In a recent article in the Advertiser-Tribune of Tiffin, Ohio, a Seneca anti-wind leader lauded Mr. Kerschner for making a “motion to rescind the county’s Alternative Energy Zone.”...
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E-procurement
Are Lobbyists and Former Officials Persuading States to Consider Expensive Software That Doesn’t Live Up to Promises?
August 10, 2018
An anonymous tip received by Checks and Balances Project suggests lobbyists and former officials may be persuading state government purchasing officials to buy expensive E-procurement software through questionable contracts....
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Janica Pierce Tucker
While Leading Flawed Inquiry into Seitz, Taft Attorney Represented Former Sen. Hite’s Victim
July 27, 2018
Janica Pierce Tucker of Taft Law was selected to lead the investigation into a sexual harassment complaint against powerful House Majority Leader Bill Seitz. The inquiry was driven in part by Seitz's inappropriate joke about Hite’s conduct that referenced the Marvin Gaye song, “Let’s Get It On.” ...
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Jennifer Gray
Was Policy Followed When North Carolina Speaker Moore’s Fiancée Was Hired?
July 23, 2018
Given the power of the Speaker Tim Moore and his ability to influence state government, there are important questions to raise on behalf of taxpayers who pay the salaries of both Moore and Ms. Gray. ...
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Taft
Seitz Sexual Harassment Investigators Billed Only $7,962 of $12,000 Budget
July 20, 2018
Two ethics complaints have been filed with the Ohio Supreme Court’s Office of Disciplinary Counsel about the conflicts in the Taft Law investigation. The first was by C&BP on June 21, 2018; the second was filed by a southwest Ohio woman one week later. ...
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Taft Law
Second Ethics Complaint Filed Against Taft Law — Seitz’s Former Firm
July 9, 2018
A new ethics complaint has been filed against Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, and editorials by the Columbus Dispatch and Toledo Blade call for a re-do of the sexual harassment investigation of Ohio House Majority Leader Bill Seitz. The investigation was first reported by Checks and Balances Project....
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Investigations
Nicholas Loris
Case Study: Nicholas Loris, a Career Spent in the Koch Universe
April 17, 2018
Loris published 15 attacks on the Paris Climate Accord from April 16, 2016, through June 28, 2017, and played a major role in the Trump Administration's decision to abandon the agreement — making the United States the only nation in the world not to be a part of that historic accord....
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Kern County District Attorney Lisa Green
Kern County District Attorney’s Look Into “All Allegations” Should Include Brown Act Violations
February 22, 2018
As the District Attorney starts her probe, we encourage her to ensure that any money from the now-infamous “political cover” grant application by the Bakersfield Association of Realtors (BAR) was used properly. ...
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Koch Industries
Koch Denounces Thanksgiving Subsidies While Accepting $422 Million from States and Localities
December 1, 2017
The Charles Koch Institute posted to Facebook about how Thanksgiving is a subsidized holiday. Yet Koch Industries and its subsidiaries have accepted 230 awards worth $422 million from states and localities – the majority since 2010 – plus 78 more with undisclosed amounts....
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Mike Pence
5 Facts About Mike Pence and the Koch Bros. Not Included in Jane Mayer’s New Yorker Article
October 20, 2017
The U.S. is fixated on Trump. But the Koch Brothers are getting stronger. Through Mike Pence they're preparing to take over of the federal government....
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offshore wind
Will Shipping Lobby’s Handiwork Sabotage Offshore Wind Energy?
February 7, 2017
An obscure Coast Guard committee, co-chaired by the powerful shipping lobby, has the power to force drastic cuts to lease areas that offshore-wind developers have already purchased....
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