Ohio Attorney General’s Office States Public Records Requests Are To Be Complied With “At A Reasonable Speed” And “Without Delay.”
New Associated Press Report Reveals Mandel Spent First Year “Focused On Politics”
COLUMBUS, OHIO – One week after Ohio Democratic Party Chair Chris Redfern filed a public records request for Josh Mandel’s daily schedule with the Ohio Treasurer’s office, our absentee Treasurer has yet to comply. The request followed one year of Josh Mandel ignoring the job he promised to serve a full term in to campaign for the U.S. Senate.
The Ohio Attorney General’s office states that public records requests are to be complied with “at a reasonable speed” and “without delay.” So what’s the reason for the holdup?
A new report from the Associated Press which confirmed that our absentee Treasurer has “focused on politics” in his first year may help explain Mandel’s delay:
- · “Campaign filings reviewed by The Associated Press show Mandel’s first post-inaugural campaign flight of the year may have come as early as Feb. 7, less than a month after he took office.”
- · “A spokesman for his campaign declined to say who on the campaign staff took a flight logged on that date, one of several during the early months Mandel was in office.”
- · “Known locations of Mandel’s Senate fundraising destinations include Washington, D.C.; New York; San Francisco; Chicago; and Hawaii.”
- · “At the same time, his weekly calendars as state treasurer are almost devoid of appointments…”
It’s time for Josh Mandel to stop his signature delay tactics and follow the law by providing the Ohio Democratic Party a copy of his daily schedule from his first year as Treasurer.
View The ODP’s Public Records Request: HERE
“Josh Mandel has had more than a week to comply with our public records request for his daily schedule as Treasurer and given that it’s a simple request his failure to comply or even respond raises a number of troubling questions,” said Ohio Democratic Party press secretary Justin Barasky. “It’s unfortunate that once again Ohio’s ethically challenged Treasurer isn’t showing the transparency that Ohioans deserve and complying with the law that says he must follow this very simple request promptly, and within a reasonable amount of time.”
Public Records Requests Are To Be ‘Prompt” And Within A “Reasonable Amount of Time.” According to the Ohio Attorney General’s Sunshine Laws publication, “the requirement to provide ‘prompt’ production of records for inspection, and to make copies available in a ‘reasonable amount of time,’ have both been interpreted by the courts as being ‘without delay’ and ‘with reasonable speed,’ with the reasonableness of the time taken in each case depending on the facts and circumstances of the particular request. [Ohio Attorney General’s Office, Sunshine Law Publication, page 29]
Associated Press: Mandel’s First Campaign Flight “May Have Come … Less Than A Month After He Took Office.” “Mandel … has emerged as one of the most ambitious young politicians in a closely divided battleground state. Campaign filings reviewed by The Associated Press show Mandel’s first post-inaugural campaign flight of the year may have come as early as Feb. 7, less than a month after he took office.” [Associated Press, 01/14/12]
Associated Press: Josh Mandel’s “Weekly Calendars As State Treasurer Are Almost Devoid Of Appointments Outside Of Staff Meetings And Speaking Engagements.” “During his first year as state treasurer, Ohio Republican Josh Mandel has been a man between two worlds, balancing duties of his first statewide office with a fledgling U.S. Senate campaign … his weekly calendars as state treasurer are almost devoid of appointments outside of staff meetings and speaking engagements.” [Associated Press, 01/14/12]
“Mandel’s Weekly Calendars … Show Only A Rare Meeting Representing The State.” “Mandel’s weekly calendars, provided to the AP through a request, show only a rare meeting representing the state with an individual guest or group. One of the few sitdown appointments he logged was a June 3 meeting with a foursome that included former Republican National Committee chairman Ken Mehlman and former Democratic U.S. Rep. and presidential contender Dick Gephardt, now a Washington lobbyist.” [Associated Press, 01/14/12]