Today, we’re publishing a searchable log of office phone calls by powerful Ohio House Majority Leader Bill Seitz. Analysis of the call log provides new insights into his contacts with influential energy lobbyists in the state capital of Columbus. Since January, we’ve been asking why the self-styled “free market” Seitz has worked so aggressively to bailout… Read more »
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.
We’ve been asking the leadership of the Ohio House for months to tell the public what steps they taking to ensure that they don’t have a culture of sexual harassment, and that Seitz’s inappropriate behavior was an isolated incident – and not a pattern. They have evaded the questions, which are beginning to take a toll in terms of credibility and public trust.
Attorney General DeWine’s spokesman: Taft Stettinus & Hollister LLP, where Bill Seitz worked for 36 years, conducted the conflicts review internally “and tell us if they’re clean or not…. It’s their professional licensure at risk.”
Attorney General Mike DeWine hired the law firm of Taft Stettinius & Hollister to conduct the Seitz Investigation as Special Counsel for the Ohio House of Representatives. The problem is that the outside firm is a former long-time employer of Rep. Seitz.
Watchdog Also Seeks Details of Ohio House Sexual Harassment Investigation: Scope, Targets, Costs, Who Was Hired and How They Were Hired.
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Top news stories covering C&BP’s Lawsuit for Access to Commissioner Bob Stump’s Taxpayer-Funded Phone. Roberts: State sued in fight for Stump’s text messages (Arizona Republic) The Checks and Balances Project on Wednesday sued both the Arizona Corporation Commission and Arizona Attorney General’s Office. This, in its continuing quest to get a look at the ever-elusive text messages… Read more »
Excerpt from The Arizona Republic (10/27/15): “Our View: Corporation Commission must learn to love disclosure” Arizona Corporation Commissioners Doug Little and Tom Forese consistently have refused to distance themselves from Arizona Public Service, which is widely believed to have backed their campaigns
Excerpt from The Washington Post (9/28/15): “In smog battle, industry gets help from unlikely source: black business group” The National Black Chamber of Commerce, which acknowledges receiving strong financial backing from Exxon Mobil and other fossil-fuel interests, has specifically tailored its message to African American audiences, drawing anger from environmental and public health groups that… Read more »