Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Well, that certainly inspires confidence

Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell, the man in charge of overseeing the voting in the state that decided the presidential election last year, had a bit of trouble with election law lately. More specifically, he broke it.

Blackwell sent a five-page screed to Republican activists to solicit their support for his planned 2006 gubernatorial campaign. Included in the envelope was a pledge card to allow his backers to show their love in the form of cold, hard cash. Oh, and in case you weren't sure, "corporate & personal checks are welcome."

One problem: Corporate campaign donations are illegal in Ohio, which is something you might expect the guy in charge of the state's elections to know. Blackwell said the solicitation of corporate contributions was simply an oversight. You know, kind of like all of those oversights during the November election that Blackwell won't even dignify with public testimony, and he'll call you "frivolous" and run to the judge if you try to make him.

Yep, sounds like a fine governor in the making up there.


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