Ed Fitzgerald accepts another pay-to-play donation for a political appointment

Public Official #14 has done it again. And he wants to bring Cuyahoga County style corruption to the governor’s office.

Recall earlier this year, when we told you about his fellow Democrats accusing him of corruption.

Fitzgerald was the Lakewood mayor at the time, and Plunderbund reported that a co-conspirator was given the job to manage the ice rink in exchange for a donation to Fitzgerald’s campaign fund.

Public Official 14. That’s how Ed Fitzgerald is described in the indictment of Jimmy Dimora. WKYC just reported that Fitzgerald admits he is PO14. Fitzgerald took a call from Jimmy Dimora on March 8, 2008, about helping indicted co-conspirator Bill Neiheiser gain a contract to manage the Lakewood ice rink Winterhurst.

Not in the online story, but reported on the air by Tom Beres in the 6pm newscast tonight, is the killer. Beres reported that a month later, Nieheiser gave Fitzgerald’s campaign account $250. By June, 2008, Neiheiser had the contract to manage Winterhurst.

Pay to play. Plain and simple.

Keep in mind, these stories were written by Democrats and published on a Democrat blog. As early as 2010, they didn’t trust Ed Fitzgerald to be Cuyahoga County Executive.

That was when Ed was mayor of Lakewood. Now that he in charge of Cuyahoga County, he wants Ohioans to believe that he cleaned up the corruption.

Good luck with that. Ed is running things pretty much the same way that Jimmy DiMora did.

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald collected a $1,000 political contribution from an investment banker one week after nominating him to serve on a board that reviews requests for economic development loans, records show.

The April donation from J.W. Sean Dorsey to FitzGerald’s campaign for governor is at odds with a county ethics policy that FitzGerald sharpened after taking office in 2011.

Simple mistake, right? Fitzy claims so and says he is returning the check. Well, of course he says that now. The donation was made 5 months ago. Looks like Ed is talking about returning the check now because he got caught.

We’ve already covered how Fitzgerald is lagging behind the pace when it comes to raising money. No wonder he didn’t want to return the check.

What’s more, Dorsey had never made a political donation to ANYONE before. At all. Isn’t it quite the coincidence that his first ever donation went to Ed Fitzgerald within a week of being appointed to his new job by…Ed Fitzgerald?

With all of the accusations coming from Ed Fitzgerald towards the governor and JobsOhio lately, this makes Fitzy a hypocrite of the highest order. He now has zero credibility to be making accusations of conflicts of interest.

Ed Fitzgerald didn’t clean up Cuyahoga County. The stench is still all over him. This is the best Ohio Democrats could do?

Author: Nick

I was born and raised in Ohio. After growing up in the Columbus area, I moved to Cleveland to study at Case Western Reserve University, and have lived in Northeast Ohio ever since. I live in Wellington with my wife and son. I work in the private sector and have never worked in the political field.

5 thoughts on “Ed Fitzgerald accepts another pay-to-play donation for a political appointment”

  1. Both heads of JobsOhio under Kasich are major donors to Kasich’s campaign, as are several board members. Kasich also has accepted donations from an indicted GOP representative’s campaign committee. The member is indicted under allegations that he illegally diverted investor money to his campaign committee during the time period it donated to Kasich’s campaign.

    None of which Kasich has refunded or indicated he would refund. Kasich’s former head of Development (pre-JobsOhio) had to resign after it turned out he was selling access to JobsOhio. Kasich’s former superintendent of public instruction had to go after it turned out he pressed the legislature to adopt mandatory testing from a company he was actively seeking employment from, which he didn’t disclose.

    The fact is that FitzGerald’s campaign finance ethics policy is more strict than what Kasich operates under. He’s under no legal obligation to refund this money as a county policy cannot govern State campaign finance laws, but he’s doing so.

    Yeah, let’s make this race about ethics.

  2. Oh, I forgot the most important one!

    Kasich lead a coup in the Ohio Republican Party to get a tax cheat with a criminal history of selling contracts with the State Treasurer’s Office in return to campaign donations to his boss elected party chairman.

    Please, proceed Governor…

  3. BTW, you keep writing about something Tim Russo wrote as if he wrote on behalf of what all the writers of Plunderbund thought. That is completely and utterly false.

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