Ohio: Political Gamesmanship Comes with a Price

And it is $5.2 million dollars. That’s the fine levied against a political action committee (PAC) funding conservative politicians in Ohio using funds collected by a PAC in Virginia.

And the write-up mentions a familiar name:

The Ohio branch of All Children Matter used the Virginia money to contribute $91,000 directly to 29 Republican candidates for office in 2006.

These contributions included $5,000 to Mary Taylor, who was elected state auditor; $4,000 to state Sen. Kevin Coughlin of Cuyahoga Falls; $2,000 to Tom Cousineau, who lost to state Rep. Brian Williams, D-Akron, in the 41st District race; and $2,000 to Deborah Owens Fink, who was unseated from the state board of education by Tom Sawyer.

Well, “Tom Sawyer” is even more familiar, but I was intending another one in there.

Debra Owens-Fink was the leading advocate for “intelligent design” and other Discovery Institute labels for antievolution on the Ohio State Board of Education from 2000 to 2006. She is also noted as the person whose political threats against Governor Taft came to light after emails were requested in the “Coingate” scandal, essentially saying that if she didn’t get her way on the “critical analysis” language, she’d be targeting Taft’s campaign.

Wesley R. Elsberry

Falconer. Interdisciplinary researcher: biology and computer science. Photographer. Husband. Christian. Activist.

2 thoughts on “Ohio: Political Gamesmanship Comes with a Price

  • 2008/04/04 at 10:34 am

    I came to your site as a falconer but you write a lot about politics and science which I also enjoy. I’d love to get your opinion on the attached MP3 file that is a recording of an exchange between outspoken atheist Rob Sherman and Rep. Monique Davis (D-Chicago).


    It’s really atrocious in my opinion and I don’t feel it’s getting the coverage it deserves. If this same proceeding had taken place and Rob Sherman was any other religion other than an atheist than this kind of bigotry would have made headline news.

  • 2008/04/05 at 11:36 am

    Paul, I’ve made your comment the starting point for a new post. I hope that helps.

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