In December 2016, KPMG and Ivalua announced an alliance. That same month, they were selected by the City of New York to use Ivalua’s e-procurement software and transform how some 40 agencies spend approximately $15 billion annually. The deal was subject to oversight by the Mayor’s Office of Contract Services. Did Ivalua’s superior technology win the day? Perhaps. Or was it KPMG’s persistent lobbying on procurement that stretched back to at least 2014?
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.