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OH Dem says BWC scandal ilegalities put PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IN QUESTION
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Thursday, June 9, 2005

Kaptur alerts colleagues of unfolding scandal
Brown says illegalities put presidential election in question

The $215 million loss - coupled with a failed $50 million rare-coin investment with Tom Noe, a prominent Republican campaign contributor - have given Democrats political ammunition against the GOP, which has dominated state government for years.

Democrats such as Miss Kaptur and U.S. Rep. Sherrod Brown of Lorain say the latest scandals mirror problems in Washington and even call into question the results of the 2004 presidential election.

"Shame on the governor of Ohio," said Miss Kaptur, who put The Blade's Tuesday online story breaking the news of the $215 million loss into the Congressional record. "Shame on the state officials of the State of Ohio. What a tragedy they have perpetrated on the people of our state."
Taft's office told in October about $225 million loss; e-mail from Conrad said firm overleveraged account

Bureau of Workers Compensation, located in Columbus.

COLUMBUS Gov. Bob Tafts office learned seven months ago not this week that the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation had lost $225 million in a high-risk investment.
In an Oct. 26, 2004, e-mail to Taft aide James Samuel, the bureaus administrator-CEO, James Conrad, wrote that the entire value of the portfolio managed by MDL Capital Management was down about $225 million.
Mr. Conrad also alerted the governors office that the bureau had rejected MDLs request for another $25 million and the firm was in danger of collapsing, which he said would be likely to make national news.

TAFT and PETRO (OH Attorney General) knew of this huge loss in October '04 put failed to notify public. Hmmmh....Do you think it might have been politically motivated? Kudos to the Toledo Blade, THE premier investigative paper in the country! Is a Pullitizer in their future?

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