Over at 3rd Rail Politics on Sunday, we have a yuuuge story coming and an even bigger announcement. You absolutely do not want to miss it.
This coming Saturday, July 28th, marks 100 days out from Election Day 2018! That means 100 days to work to ensure that Ohio stays red this fall!
Join the Knox County DeWine-Husted Team on July 28th as we join with teams all across the Buckey State and help us knock 100 voter doors in Mount Vernon!
Date: Saturday, July 28th
Time: 10:00 AM
Where: 100 S. Main St. (GOP HQ, former Merle Norman Salon)
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State’s Actions and Decisions Should Frighten Every Ohioan
By Scott Pullins
“that way madness lies…”
King Lear – By William Shakespeare
On Tuesday, July 3, 2018, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine filed a document with the Franklin County Common Pleas Court that alleges that his office will attempt to recover nearly $200 million personally from ECOT Founder William L. Lager. Somehow, mysteriously, this filing quickly made itself to the front page of the Columbus Dispatch, although it didn’t reach the court’s docket until days later.
This filing is also very irregular because the Ohio Attorney General is not a party to this action. In fact, the Ohio Attorney General has not even requested court permission to intervene in this case. An earlier request from Ohio’s Auditor of State to intervene was denied.
The Attorney General argues that Bill Lager should be held personally responsible for money that was paid to companies that he either owned or allegedly controlled.
Their argument for piercing the corporate veil of these limited liability companies is rather ridiculous and should send chills down the spine of any federal, state, or local government contractor, along with the entirety of Ohio’s school choice movement.
The school was granted tax exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service and filed its first annual tax return for the tax year 2000 in December of 2002. It has filed its annual tax returns without challenge by the IRS every year since then. Likewise, as a charitable organization the school was required to file certain information with the Ohio Attorney General on an annual basis. From what I can determine, the school has done so without question or issue.
The school was audited by the Ohio Auditor of State on an annual basis starting with a special audit in 2001. During the first few years there were recommendations by the State Auditor that Altair provide more detailed monthly invoices to better document their services. That issue was remedied starting in July 2007. However, a review of each of these annual audits does not show that William Lager was ever considered as an agent or a public official for the school.
Instead, the Ohio Attorney General’s office now argues that it has authority to assert these claims against Lager because of a recently completed trial court case in Cincinnati. The case can be found here. DeWine’s office argues that he could not intervene earlier because charter schools are governed by the Ohio Department of Education and this recent case gives him additional authority.
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We should have had a clue that Dave Yost was trouble shortly after he was first appointed Delaware County Prosecutor in 2003. But somehow most missed it.
Susan Hollenbach is a Delaware County Republican and from 1996 until 2003 she ran the very successful child support enforcement agency that was then under the Delaware County Prosecutor. But that quickly changed after Dave Yost was appointed to the job.
According to the civil rights and wrongful termination complaint filed against Yost in federal court, shortly after taking office he stopped assigning child support work to most of the members of his legal staff and instead employed a novice attorney for all child support enforcement work. As a result, child support collections plummeted during this time period at a whopping 70% rate.
At the same time, Yost continued to use federal and state funds to pay portions of the salaries of prosecutors who were no longer doing child support work in violation of state and federal law. When Ms. Hollenbach confronted Dave Yost about these issues he went ballistic. He demanded that she not speak with the county commissioners about restructuring the office.
On November 10, 2003 Dave Yost caused Hollenbach to be suspended and at 4:40 pm he arranged for the issuance of a grand jury subpoena requiring her to turn over records in her possession by 10:00 pm the same day. Two days later a special prosecutor was appointed and there was news coverage indicating that she was being investigated for theft in office. Later, a special audit was demanded of the state auditor of the child support enforcement agency. Hollenbach was then terminated because she could not do her job because of these numerous investigations.
Susan Hollenbach filed suit in federal court. The criminal investigation found no wrongdoing and the state audit, issued by Republican Betty Montgomery, cleared her in full.
Delaware County Commissioners were forced to settle the federal lawsuit for $335,000 plus her attorney fees. Additionally, they stated in writing that Ms. Hollenbach “did not engage in criminal conduct or wrongdoing.”
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Recently, I wrote to invite you to the 2018 Knox County Republican Lincoln Reagan Day Dinner. Now I'm pleased to inform you that you may order your dinner tickets online via the Facebook Page for the Knox County Republican Party.
Our annual Lincoln Reagan Day Dinner is the primary fundraising event for our local party. I hope that you will be able to attend.
P.S. To order your dinner tickets online, please click here.
Dear Fellow Republican:
My name is Scott Pullins and I am running to represent you as a member of the Knox County Republican Central Committee. I am an attorney, a charter school board member, a public affairs consultant, and a political writer for www.3rdrailpolitics.com.
I previously served on the Knox County Republican Central Committee from approximately 1994 to 2008. In fact, I have been a very active, conservative Republican activist for the past 32 years in Ohio.
Soon after I moved into this precinct, I requested that the party appoint me to a vacancy. Unfortunately, the party bosses chose someone else. That person, sadly, does not represent our shared Republican views.
For example, he and his wife refused to put any Republican signs in their yard during the 2016 election, including any Trump Pence signs. Meanwhile, I still have my Trump sign up in my window today!
You and the Knox County Republican Party deserve much better. And that is just one of the many reasons that I am running in this May’s primary for this seat.
I know that you are busy and I don’t want to take up any more of your time. So, if you have questions or want to know more about me, then please visit my website at www.scottpullins.org. Thank you.
Scott Allan Pullins