There was one intriguing aspect of the “Governor steals from the blind” story from last week that hasn’t really been investigated. John Stossel from ABC’s 20/20 has helped it go national.
One of the three groups eligible to get voluntary contributions did not have its funds pilfered by the state. That group:
….provides about $100,000 annually for the operating accounts of the Ohio Republican and Democratic parties. No money was taken from the political parties’ funds.
Now, I think we’re all cynical enough to know the real reason why, but it should be the responsibility of the mainstream media to dig a little deeper into this story.
If three of these types of accounts were available, and two were tapped, it’s safe to assume that the Strickland Administration had full awareness of what all three were and how they’re funded. It’s also safe to assume there was a conscious decision to not use the third. And where there are conscious decisions, there are e-mails and conversations.
Why did the Strickland Administration not use the funds meant to help the campaigns of each Party? Was there an agreement between Republicans and Democrats to not raid the fund? Did Strickland go it alone?
Isn’t this the kind of backroom dealing and old-style politics that our elected leaders were supposed to rise above?
There is a story here.
And the voters have a right to know.