Ohioans Commemorate Passing, Legacy of Governor John J. Gilligan

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Earlier this afternoon, Governor John Gilligan passed at his Cincinnati home following a prolonged illness. A statement from the family noted, “Contributions may be made to Hospice of Cincinnati, 4360 Cooper Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45242, or the John J. Gilligan Scholarship, Center for the American Dream, Xavier University, 3800 Victory Parkway, Cincinnati, Ohio 45207-1221.”


In response to the news, Ohio Democratic Chairman Chris Redfern released the following statement:

“Former Governor Gilligan dedicated his entire life to the service of promoting our state, and all its citizens, until the very end of his days. Because of John Gilligan, the mentally and physically disabled, the poor, and the disadvantaged obtained a new quality of life in our state. But Gilligan’s courageous commitment to advancing Ohioans of all walks of life came at a tremendous professional cost.

“Gilligan and the men and women he inspired gave life to the modern Ohio Democratic Party. Even as recent as last year, he remained a constant force in our Party, working to support Senator Sherrod Brown and others that shared his ideals. He will be deeply missed, and Ohio is a better place because of John Gilligan’s selfless commitment to our state. We all owe him a debt of gratitude and thanks.”



Senator Sherrod Brown (via twitter):

‘Ohioans are lucky that John #Gilligan was born within our borders.’ Gov ‘fundamentally changed our state’ for better



Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald (via twitter):

#Gilligan ‘never stopped giving back to the state he loved.’


Democratic State Senate Leader Erik Kearney (via twitter)


Governor John Kasich (via twitter):

Saddened by the news of Gov. Gilligan’s passing. My family’s thoughts & prayers go out to his right now.


Democratic State House Leader Tracy Maxwell Heard (via email):

“It is with a heavy heart but much gratitude that we say farewell to one of the greatest Ohioans of the 20th century. Former Gov. Gilligan exemplified what it means to be an Ohioan. He had the political courage to stand for what is right, even in the face insurmountable political pressure. His legacy and spirit  continue to guide our great state whenever an elected official stands for better government and a stronger Ohio.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Gilligan family during this difficult time, especially with his grandson, Joe– who we are privileged to serve with in the Ohio House.”


Statement from House Speaker John Boehner:

“Governor Gilligan served our state with passion and was a committed public servant.  Ohioans of all political stripes are saddened by the news of his passing.  I offer my deepest condolences to Secretary Sebelius and all of the members of the former governor’s family.”


Associated Press: John J. Gilligan, former Ohio congressman and governor who created state income tax, dies

Cincinnati Enquirer: Twitter reacts to death of former Governor John Gilligan


Cincinnati Enquirer: John Gilligan profile from 2007


Cleveland.com: Former Ohio Governor John Gilligan dies


Dayton Daily News: Former Ohio Gov. Gilligan has Died


Dispatch: Former Ohio Gov. John J. Gilligan Dies



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Democrats Respond to Mike DeWine’s Failure To Notify the Public of His Secret Facial Recognition Program

Today, in response to a breaking story by the Cincinnati Enquirer exposing the fact that the Ohio Attorney General began using facial recognition technology in June in secret, Ohio Democratic spokesman Jerid Kurtz released the following statement:

“Attorney General Mike DeWine has been too busy chasing television cameras and working to deny women access to birth control to actually do his job. It’s no surprise DeWine apparently couldn’t be bothered to respond to his own staff’s emails to address serious privacy concerns with this latest facial recognition technology before his office began to secretly use it.

“It was a dereliction of duty for DeWine to fail to put in place the proper protocols to protect Ohioans’ privacy and notify the public before this program went live. Next year, Ohioans will remember that Attorney General DeWine is more interested in press coverage than doing his job as they vote for change and support David Pepper.”

Well This Won’t Help JobsOhio’s Reputation

Time to update this video.

Company moves jobs out of state after getting help from JobsOhio

Columbus Dispatch // Joe Vardon

A company JobsOhio helped get a tax credit to create jobs in this state announced today it is moving its headquarters from Ohio to suburban Chicago.

Rittal Corp., a German company making cabinets for IT equipment, will move its headquarters from Urbana, Ohio, near Springfield, to Schaumberg, Ill.

In July of 2011, the state of Ohio approved a 7-year, 55-percent tax credit for Rittal to create 118 new jobs in Urbana and retain $21.7 million in existing payroll there.

It was among the first companies to receive state credits after JobsOhio, Gov. John Kasich’s privatized economic development agency, opened for business earlier that month. At the time, the tax credit was valued at $6.6 million.


Rittal Corp. moving headquarters staff to Chicago area

Dayton Daily News // Staff report

URBANA — Rittal Corp., a maker of metal enclosures and racks, said Thursday it is moving its headquarters staff from Urbana to suburban Chicago. The company said it is moving its headquarters to better serve its U.S. customers.

Rittal Corp. received a state tax credit effective January 2012 in exchange for a commitment to create 118 full-time jobs, generating $4.4 million in additional payroll and retain 531 jobs. The 7-year, 55 percent tax credit was approved by the Ohio Tax Credit Authority in July 2011 as recommended by JobsOhio, Gov. John Kasich’s nonprofit economic development organization. At the time, the credit was valued at $6.6 million.

It was unclear Thursday whether Rittal would be able to keep the Ohio benefit. The Dayton Daily News has contacted JobsOhio and the governor’s office for further comment.

JobsOhio came under fire last month when TimberTech announced it was closing its Columbus plant in order to create jobs in Wilmington under a tax credit awarded by JobsOhio.



VIDEO: “More Questions” About JobsOhio

As Governor Kasich’s approval dips, Ohioans wonder what’s really going on at his embattled economic development agency 

COLUMBUS, OH – The Ohio Democratic Party today released the following video, “More Questions,” which explores the ongoing JobsOhio scandal roiling John Kasich’s administration. The video relies on Ohio news reports to explain the developing controversy surrounding Governor Kasich’s signature program JobsOhio, which has been mired in controversy since its inception, and whose culture of secrecy – and record of underperformance – continues to plague the governor.

On Tuesday, the first public poll released since the latest JobsOhio scandal came to light revealed Governor Kasich’s standing among Ohioans has taken a major hit, showing his approval rating underwater, and that he now trails Democrat Ed FitzGerald in a head-to-head matchup.

The video can be viewed by clicking below, or online HERE.



Dayton Daily News: Six Of Nine Members Of The JobsOhio Board Of Directors Had Direct Financial Ties To Companies That Have Received Tax Credits From The State & JobsOhio According to the Dayton Daily News “Six of nine members of the JobsOhio board of directors have direct financial ties to companies that have received tax credits and other assistance from state government or JobsOhio since Gov. John Kasich took office in 2011, public records show.” [The Dayton Daily News, 7/31/13]

JobsOhio Never Took Steps To Initiate Its Conflicts Of Interest Policy. According to the Dayton Daily News “State ethics law and JobsOhio policy require JobsOhio directors to disclose potential conflicts of interest and then the disinterested directors determine whether a conflict exists. No such conflicts have been raised, Jones said.” [The Dayton Daily News, 7/31/13]

Worthington Industries

JobsOhio Provided Tax Breaks To Worthington Industries, A Company With Financial Ties To Kasich. According to the Associated Press “Subsidiaries of a company that’s helped sustain Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s political career and contribute to his personal bank account have received tax breaks worth more than $619,000, brokered by the new job creation board he appoints.” [The Associated Press, 8/15/13]

Kasich Was Paid More Than $611,000 By Worthington Between 2007 And 2011; Continued To Receive Deferred Compensation While Serving As Governor. According to the Associated Press “Kasich served a decade on the board while working in the private sector and was paid more than $611,000 as a board member between 2007 and 2011, the company’s federal business filings show. Kasich quit the board a day after winning the 2010 gubernatorial election but continued to receive deferred payouts for three years, according to his financial disclosure forms. The fiscal year 2011 payment of just under $103,000 came, like an unspecified portion of his deferred compensation, after he’d taken office. That was the year JobsOhio was created.” [The Associated Press, 8/15/13]

No Oversight Of JobsOhio

No Member Of Authority That Approves JobsOhio’s Tax Credits Has Never Cast A Single Vote Against A JobsOhio Recommendation. According to the Columbus Dispatch “The state agency that’s supposed to keep Gov. John Kasich and JobsOhio honest on tax credits has never said no to them, a Dispatch analysis shows. It’s a trend that predates the Republican governor and JobsOhio. Since at least January 2009, according to the earliest records available from the state, the Ohio Tax Credit Authority has approved more than 700 tax credits without a single member of the five-person panel casting a ‘no’ vote, including requests that came from Democrat Ted Strickland’s administration.” [The Columbus Dispatch, 8/21/13]



Did no one tell him? Gosh, this is awkward.


“The deals that have been agreed to are right now approved by an independent tax authority and not connected to JobsOhio…” – Governor John Kasich [Fox 19 WXIX News, 8/9/13]



“According to a June 2012 powerpoint presentation published by JobsOhio West, JobsOhio is negotiating all state incentives on behalf of DSA.” [JobsOhio Powerpoint Presentation, 6/29/12]

John Minor And James Boland: “One Of Our Main Economic Development Programs Is The Job Creation Tax Credit“[JobsOhio 2012 Annual Report, 2012]



OhioMeansJobs…In Pennsylvania

New law does not fix Gov. Kasich’s employment database promoting more jobs out of state than in Ohio

 COLUMBUS, OHIO – Today, Governor Kasich signed legislation requiring all individuals seeking unemployment benefits to register with the state supported employment listing service OhioMeansJobs.com. Unfortunately, Kasich’s website does more to promote employment out of state than within Ohio.

In response, Ohio Democratic Party spokesman Matt McGrath released the following statement:

“Ohio’s ranked 47th in the nation in job growth, but instead of giving people tools to find employment in Ohio, the Governor’s website does more to encourage families to seek jobs elsewhere. The Governor should work to fix his website to help people find employment in the buckeye state, rather than send them and their tax dollars to states like Michigan, Pennsylvania or New York.”



 Ohio Ranks 47th In The Nation For Job Creation

 June 2013: Nonpartisan Study Ranked Ohio 47th In Job Creation. According to a nonpartisan study by the W.P. Carney School of Business at Arizona State University, Ohio ranked 43th in job creation for total nonfarm payroll between June 2012 and June 2013. [Job Growth Update, W. P. Carey School of Business - Arizona State University, 2013]

Ohiomeansjobs.com Lists More Jobs Outside Ohio Than In-State.

August 2013: Ohiomeansjobs.Com Listed 116,749 Jobs Within The State Of Ohio. [OhioMeansJobs, accessed 8/8/13]

  • August 2013: Ohiomeansjobs.com Had 143,003 Jobs Listed in Pennsylvania. [OhioMeansJobs, accessed 8/8/13]
  • August 2013: Ohiomeansjobs.Com Listed 178,488 Jobs In New York State. [OhioMeansJobs, accessed 8/8/13]




Chairman Redfern Calls for Release of Secret JobsOhio Personal Financial Disclosure Forms

Democrats Ask Ohio Ethics Commission To Make Public JobsOhio Personal Financial Records

COLUMBUS, OHIO- Today, Ohio Democratic Chairman Chris Redfern sent the following letter to the Ohio Ethics Commission calling on them to make public JobsOhio personal financial records:


Ohio Ethics Commission
Paul Nick, Executive Director
30 West Spring Street
Columbus, Ohio

Re: Public Records Request

Last week former FBI agent and Cuyahoga County executive Ed FitzGerald requested your commission investigate both Governor Kasich and the JobsOhio Board after reports surfaced that they had quietly used public funds to pad their own pockets.

In response, Governor Kasich’s office has repeatedly made the unsubstantiated claim that JobsOhio is somehow transparent, despite his success in shielding the organization from standard disclosure requirements and some state ethics laws:

 “JobsOhio’s board and staff are required to report their personal financial information to the Ethics Commission, which is part of why JobsOhio is the most transparent private company in Ohio,” [WKBN, 8/6/13]

 Since Governor Kasich is invoking JobsOhio employees’ secret personal financial disclosures as an example of transparency, these records should be made available for scrutiny by the public and the press. If JobsOhio’s financial disclosures simply sit in a drawer, as they are now, it’s difficult to see how they serve any purpose whatsoever.

While it’s uncertain whether Governor Kasich and the JobsOhio board have violated any laws, their direct financial ties to companies receiving public money is questionable at best, and warrants further disclosure.

This is a request pursuant to Ohio Revised Code § 149.43 respectfully requesting, including without limitation documents stored electronically or in hard copy, the following records:

  • All financial disclosure forms filed by employees of JobsOhio between 2011 and the present.

Please produce the requested records within a reasonable period of time.  We prefer these documents to be returned in electronic format (however, please do not omit any documents that are only available in hard copy).  We anticipate that many of these records will be easy for your office to produce, and request that you produce them on a rolling basis as you are able to copy or otherwise reproduce them.  We do not wish to wait until you have gathered all of the requested records before you produce them.  Please let me know when you anticipate producing records.

If there is any information that will be excluded or any materials that will be redacted (other than Social Security numbers) pertaining to our request, we want to know those categories and under what privacy law or other provisions they are withheld or redacted.

Should any portion of this request be denied, in part or in whole, the law requires written justification for its denial, along with a citation of the appropriate Open Records Act exemption that applies for each record, or portion thereof, that is withheld or redacted.

 If you have any questions concerning this request, please contact Pat Dennis at (614) 376-7463 or at pdennis@ohiodems.org.


Chris Redfern

Ohio Democratic Party

Friday JobsOhio Closer

This is a reporter calling out a lie, without using the word:

 “There’s no conflict when these incentives were initiated before there was even a (JobsOhio) board,” Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols said. “It’s just politics and amateurishly executed politics at that.”

However, records show that at least two of the projects cited in the complaint came after the board was created. And while others came before, Kasich has credited JobsOhio with all of the state’s job-creation success.

 Full story is a good one, and can be read HERE.

Ohio Dems Statement Regarding JobsOhio’s Sudden “Transparency”

COLUMBUS – Ohio Democratic Party spokesman Matt McGrath released the following statement today regarding reports that retiring Ohio Department of Public Safety Director Thomas Charles will be taking on a role at JobsOhio, which was the subject this morning of two separate, unflattering front-page stories:

“For once, Governor Kasich and JobsOhio are being transparent – just not in a good way. This is obviously a PR-driven reaction to reports detailing major conflicts of interest and ineffectiveness at JobsOhio, and does nothing to change the fundamental flaw of the JobsOhio model: that it’s a secretive agency given access to huge sums of taxpayer dollars with next to no accountability. What’s more, with Ohio ranked 47th in job creation over the past year, it’s a model that clearly isn’t working.” – Matt McGrath, ODP spokesman

To read the full Dayton Daily News report, “Investigation: JobsOHIO – Board has questionable ties,” click HERE.

To read the full Columbus Dispatch report, “State helps company leave city,” click HERE.



JobsOhio In The News


While Ohio ranks 47th in job creation, Kasich’s quasi-private economic development firm JobsOhio enveloped in scandal on two fronts

Kasich, six of nine JobsOhio board members, have conflicts of interest and are personally benefiting from JobsOhio investments 

JobsOhio gave tax breaks to company at same time it lays off Columbus-area workers


State helps company leave city

Columbus Dispatch // Joe Vardon and Dan Gearino

Two months after celebrating with Gov. John Kasich over a state-sponsored tax deal to add jobs in Wilmington, TimberTech formally notified the state it will close its Columbus factory.

The company, which manufactures deck and fencing materials, listed 58 permanent job losses as a result of its South Side closure, scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.

In the meantime, TimberTech will get an eight-year, 50 percent tax credit from the state if it creates 85 new jobs in Wilmington, about 65 miles southwest of Columbus. The state does not divulge how much the credit is worth to the company, which also received an undisclosed grant from JobsOhio.

To read the full story, click HERE.

Investigation: JobsOhio

Board Has Questionable Ties

Dayton Daily News // Laura Bischoff

Six of nine members of the JobsOhio board of directors have direct financial ties to companies that have received tax credits and other assistance from state government or JobsOhio since Gov. John Kasich took office in 2011, public records show.

The directors are employed by, sit on the board of or hold stock in companies that have received assistance from either the state of Ohio or JobsOhio, the newly created non-profit established by the Kasich’s administration. JobsOhio also assisted two subsidiaries of Worthington Industries, a Columbus-based company that has contributed heavily to Kasich and where he served as a director between 2001 and 2010.

To read the full story, click HERE.


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