Former Mandel staffer says lobbying treasurer’s office is ethical

A Democratic lawmaker yesterday asked the Ohio Ethics Commission to investigate whether it was proper for a former employee of state Treasurer Josh Mandel to leave the office last year and then, soon after, start lobbying the office on behalf of an investment firm.

Rep. Matt Lundy, D-Elyria, said Joel Riter, a former constituent and agency liaison with the treasurer’s office, lobbied the office on behalf of Charles Jordan & Co. of New York. He also reportedly lobbied the state pension funds and the state Board of Deposit, which the treasurer chairs.

“Mr. Riter’s title…would seem to put him in a position to be involved in all matters concerning the state Board of Deposit or Ohio pension funds,” Lundy wrote.

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