Mike DeWine’s Illegal Contribution from a Medicaid Provider
An interesting fact you may not know is that the Ohio Revised Code prohibits campaign contributions from Medicaid Providers to candidates for Attorney General:
3599.45 Candidates prohibited from accepting contributions from Medicaid providers.
(A) No candidate for the office of attorney general or county prosecutor or such a candidate’s campaign committee shall knowingly accept any contribution from a provider of services or goods under contract with the department of job and family services pursuant to the medicaid program of Title XIX of the “Social Security Act,” 49 Stat. 620 (1935), 42 U.S.C. 301, as amended, or from any person having an ownership interest in the provider.
As used in this section “candidate,” “campaign committee,” and “contribution” have the same meaning as in section 3517.01 of the Revised Code.
(B) Whoever violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree.
Effective Date: 07-01-2000
But since candidates for AG are always brilliant lawyers ready to serve as Ohio’s top law enforcement officer, of course every candidate would know about this law, right?
According to Mike DeWine’s campaign report, DeWine gladly accepted a $1000 donation from Michael R Heaphy MD, a Medicaid provider from Lima.
But perhaps in Mike’s defense, he is so singularly focused on higher office that he forgot to pay attention to the campaign laws which he must abide by when running for his stepping-stone office. Regardless, he should return the money immediately.
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