COLUMBUS- Today, the Ohio Democratic Party filed a complaint with the Ohio Elections Commission against the Ohio Republican Party for laundering money by making improper transfers from its taxpayer checkoff funds into accounts designed to cover a party’s overhead expenses to instead pay for Project Ruby and federal accounts to assist Republican candidates for Congress.
The money generated into the tax return checkoff is, by law, prohibited to be used to elect candidates for office. However, the Ohio Republican Party’s campaign finance reports shows it made transfers from the account to cover the cost of the party’s Project Ruby, which was created by one of Governor Kasich’s longest serving major donors while he was the head of JobsOhio. Project Ruby, by the Ohio Republican Party’s own admission, is a data program designed to help them turnout votes to influence elections.
In filing today’s complaint, Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern issued the following statement:
“This is not a one-time offense. Under Matt Borges, the Ohio Republican Party has done this for at least four months. Taxpayer resources are being used for political gains and to personally enrich Marc Kvamme in yet another way after he made millions from the connections he made during his brief tenure at JobsOhio.”