FACT CHECK: DOCUMENTS PROVE DEWINE MISLEADS VOTERS ABOUT PERSONAL INVOLVEMENT IN PAY-TO-PLAY SCANDAL

COLUMBUS – Today, David Pepper’s campaign responded to Mike DeWine’s attempts to downplay his involvement in his office’s pay-to-play and bid-rigging scandal. In defending himself against allegations that his office is engaged in rampant pay-to-play activity, DeWine claimed to the Youngstown Vindicator that the decisions on who gets selected for lucrative contracts are made “way, way below” him in the Attorney General’s Office.

However, official documents and newspaper investigations have shown that DeWine has been directly involved in the decision making since he started as Attorney General. 

First, emails obtained in the past two years and highlighted by news organizations show that AG DeWine directly refers donors to be considered for work, arranges meetings for those donors, and intervenes to help them in other ways.

Second, with two weeks left in a 2012 bidding process, DeWine met with his chief political fundraiser in the Attorney General’s OfficeDocuments show that DeWine and his fundraiser were reviewing the list of bidders in that active bidding window.

“Investigations have proven that DeWine was directly involved in the pay-to-play activity that dominates his office,” said Peter Koltak, Pepper’s Communications Director. “Misleading the media and the voters in the face of overwhelming evidence only further erodes the credibility of a deeply tainted office.”

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