Ohio Treasurer Kevin Boyce Spends $79926 Taxpayer Money on Promotional Items
From Laura Bischoff of the Dayton Daily News:
COLUMBUS — As Ohio’s budget swells with red ink, state Treasurer Kevin Boyce spent $32,469 in taxpayer money on promotional items such as water bottles, grocery bags and pencils and plans to buy another $47,457 in swag plastered with his name.
His opponent, conservative Republican Josh Mandel and a liberal-leaning government watch dog group have both criticized this obvious waste:
Rep. Josh Mandel, R-Lyndhurst, who is running against Boyce, said, “While families and small businesses are tightening their belts, it seems outrageous that the treasurer is using the hard earned dollars of Ohio families to promote himself.”
And Catherine Turcer of Ohio Citizen Action, a good government watchdog, said just because other statewide officers spend budget money on promotion doesn’t make it right.
“So many office holders see this as a perk of incumbency without thinking through the cost to the taxpayers,” Turcer said.