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Flashback: 1998, FOP Sends Rich Cordray Cease-and-Desist Letter

July 20th, 2010 Matt View Comments

From Ben Marrison in The Cleveland Plain Dealer, July 19, 1998:

FOP cuffs pols around

The Fraternal Order of Police chose not to endorse incumbent Republican Attorney General Betty D. Montgomery, which Democratic challenger Richard Cordray interpreted as a victory. The trouble is, he didn’t get the nod, either.

Cordray said it was a disaster for Montgomery, who styles herself the state’s top crime-buster, not to get the FOP ‘s blessing. “I think it’s telling that Ohio’s top law-enforcement officer can’t even gain the backing of Ohio’s cops,” Cordray said.

Countered Montgomery’s spokesman: “Attorney General Montgomery has won campaigns with the FOP endorsement and without the FOP endorsement, and in 1994 they endorsed her opponent and she still won.” The spokesman said Montgomery was denied the endorsement because of a “labor-management” issue.

Finally, the FOP weighed in with a cease-and-desist order to Cordray : “Our decision was not a reflection on Attorney General Montgomery’s record on law-enforcement issues.”

But apparently in 2010, all is forgiven, as they endorsed Cordray for Attorney General.

Between this, their reasons for endorsing the casino ballot issue, and their strong actions during Troopergate to defend the Strickland administration official who is also married to Ohio FOP’s Mike Taylor… I think the FOP has a serious credibility problem.

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Rich Cordray’s Shady Money Laundering

July 18th, 2010 Matt View Comments

From Laura Bischoff:

COLUMBUS — Attorney General Richard Cordray, a Democrat running for re-election, is shuffling money in and out of his campaign account in a way that looks like he is complying with the letter of the law but not the spirit, according to a government watchdog group.

Cordray gave away $765,000 from his campaign account, sending $254,000 to the Ohio Democratic Party, $261,000 to the Franklin County Democratic Party and $250,000 to the Summit County Democratic Party, all within six days in February.

Why such generosity?

State law prohibits statewide candidates from carrying over too much cash from the previous election cycle. After Cordray beat Republican Mike Crites in a special election in November 2008, he had $1.1 million left in his war chest.

So rather than refund much of it or donate it to the state or a charity, Cordray directed the cash to his political allies before the deadline for the state’s “excess funds law.”

Now those allies are sending resources back to Cordray’s account through in-kind contributions or large checks.

Read the rest here. The amounts involved are staggering, and is another example of how absurd campaign finance laws are, as everything here is quite legal unless it’s written down somewhere.

And while this is a great way for Cordray to get county parties locked up for a run for governor in four or eight years, Cordray is starting to look like a much savvier, thinner version of Marc Dann.

Also, Bischoff doesn’t mention it but it’s fascinating that Cordray’s campaign finance report does not show campaign staff. Even is fundraising staff isn’t listed as inkind from the Ohio Democratic Party.

Ohio Supreme Court Rejects Rich Cordray’s Appeal Over Smoking Ad

May 26th, 2010 Matt View Comments

From the AP:

The Ohio Supreme Court has rejected the state’s argument that a cigarette company’s spread in Rolling Stone magazine violated a tobacco industry settlement.

The court ruled 4-2 Wednesday without comment to decline Attorney General Richard Cordray’s appeal of a lower court ruling that sided with R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.

At issue was a multi-page Camel ad in Rolling Stone that ran alongside a 2007 feature story illustrated with drawings.

On a related note, I wonder if Rich Cordray pulled his office’s support for a proposal, put together by a group of liberal state attorney generals, which would require ANY movie that involves smoking should be rated “R”?

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AG Rich Cordray Believes the Commerce Clause Allows Congress to Make you Buy Services from Private Entities

April 5th, 2010 Matt View Comments

Thankfully for Rich, this issue never came up during Final Jeopardy.

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Mike DeWine Wants to Sue The Federal Government Over Obamacare

March 22nd, 2010 Matt View Comments

As Attorney Generals are doing in Virgina, South Carolina, and 10 other states, Attorney General candidate Mike DeWine wants Ohio to take this fights to the courts:

From the inbox:

Dear Friend,

It’s unconstitutional for the federal government to force Ohioans to buy something they don’t want. I call on Richard Cordray to immediately join his fellow attorneys general who are preparing to file suit against the federal government for overreaching its authority with the Obamacare bill.

The job of the Attorney General is to lead, and when I’m Attorney General, I will lead. I would be at the forefront of this battle. If Mr. Cordray doesn’t act, I will file suit on my first day in office.

Very respectfully yours,

Mike DeWine

Maybe something should be put in the state constitution to explicitly challenge Obamacare. But it’s an absurd notion that the Federal government has the right to compel you to buy insurance, using the IRS for enforcement.

And maybe Cordray should talk to Gov. Ted Strickland, who in 2006 correctly called proposed insurance mandates the heavy hand of government imposing a mandate on businesses and individuals that they might not be able to afford.

AG Rich Cordray on McDonald v. Chicago

March 2nd, 2010 Matt View Comments

From Stephen Koff in The Plain Dealer:

Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray and the city of Cleveland are at odds — again — over gun regulation, this time in a potentially groundbreaking gun-rights case before the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday.

Cordray’s position in support of the Second Amendment right to bear arms could ultimately make it tougher for cities to pass and enforce highly restrictive, local gun-control laws. If the high court agrees with positions taken separately by Corday and the National Rifle Association, it could “handcuff” the ability of Cleveland, Columbus and cities nationwide to respond to gun-related violence, the cities’ attorneys contended in a legal filing.

“As a city confronted with safety issues day in, day out, do we have the ability to ultimately do something about it?” asked Cleveland City Attorney Robert Triozzi in a telephone interview Monday.

Cordray says he, too, wants safety, and that Ohio has laws against those who abuse their gun rights. “That’s not what this case is about,” he said. Rather, it’s about how gun rights are applied, and about assuring their even application throughout the nation.

“This case is about constitutional law,” he said.

Ohio and its cities are secondary parties in the case that will be argued Tuesday, McDonald v. Chicago, which will determine whether Chicago and a suburb, Oak Park, can heavily regulate guns bought for self-protection. But Cordray’s office and its counterpart in Texas led the writing of a friend-of-the-court brief signed by 38 state attorneys general in support of limited gun rights.

The NRA, and Cordray, want the high court to rule that the Second Amendment applies to states and cities. While that might seem obvious — most constitutional rights, such as the First Amendment guarantee of free speech and assembly, apply in nearly all cases across the land — the Second Amendment’s primacy has never been established outside of federal cases and federal enclaves.

That’s why when the Supreme Court in 2008 struck down Washington, D.C.’s handgun ban, the ruling did not extend beyond that federal enclave.

It’s wild notion that we still don’t treat the right to speech and assembly the same as the right to bear arms. And while conservatives don’t really like the expansive use of the 14th Amendment and so-called “substantive due process” jurisprudence for every case under the sun, it’s interesting to note that the 14th Amendment was in large part passed to protect newly freed blacks from Southern states passing laws to disarm them.

Corday, who has a record of supporting the Brady Bill and other anti-gun measures, is simply doing his job here. But somehow, he sounds much more comfortable making these arguments than Marc Dann or Mike DeWine probably would be.

But as Toby Hoover, executive director of the Ohioans Against Icky Guns, correctly notes, “reasonable” restrictions on gun ownership would still remain in effect no matter how this case is decided.

The CATO Institute’s brief on this case is a must read.

And make sure to read the blogs at the Ohioans for Concealed Carry and the Buckeye Firearms Association for updates.

Steve Christopher for Attorney General- Website Launch

February 26th, 2010 Matt View Comments

Here is the website, which includes a new video of him introducing himself while taking healthy shots at Mike DeWine and AG Rich Cordray:

Gosh, I haven’t heard someone in the Attorney General race sound like a Republican since Yost left. I really hope Christopher keeps this up.

AG Rich Cordray Defends Public Sector Tax Scofflaws

February 13th, 2010 Matt Comments off

James Nash in The Dispatch reports there are 4143 state employees who have not paid Columbus income taxes:

Columbus tax enforcers are cracking down on more than 4,000 state employees who live or work in the city but have not paid city income taxes. The move is drawing complaints of “heavy-handed” enforcement from the state attorney general and a major union.

The city income-tax division has identified 916 people who don’t live in Columbus but might work more than 12 days per year in the city, which under Ohio law would subject them to the local income tax.[...]

The income-tax division performed 45,000 audits in 2008 that recovered more than $3.9 million in unpaid taxes. Officials say they have no idea how much in potential back income taxes might be at stake with state workers.[...]

Attorney General Richard Cordray wrote Tuesday to employees of the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation and the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy, which is based in London, urging them to cooperate with his office’s human-resources staff.

About 300 employees of the attorney general’s office are under scrutiny, the letter said.

Cordray wrote that the city’s “aggressive posture” is legal but has been “erroneous or heavy-handed in many instances.”

He noted that some workers accused of owing taxes want their employer to pay, which the office won’t do.

Read the rest here.

Haven’t heard Cordray complain about Ted Strickland’s new “heavy handed” BMV fee, but he will move mountains to come to the defense of state bureaucrats.

I can understand why a state office wouldn’t pay for the amount owed, but considering the expensive layers of administration offices which do nothing except handle payroll, why wasn’t this money simply withheld from their paychecks? They certainly have the manpower to deal with this prorated nonsense of counting how many days were spent in Columbus, and avoid this mess entirely.

And meanwhile, if you are a small business owner having trouble dealing with Columbus’ tax code and Mike Coleman’s recently implemented income tax increase, have no fear because AG Rich Cordray will certainly come to your defense too!… or not

Behold the Power of Fran’s Recipes

February 9th, 2010 Matt View Comments

Mike DeWine is leading Rich Cordray 50% to 32%.

Interesting Blog Links

December 1st, 2009 Matt Comments off

Jesse Hathaway’s correspondence with the Ohio Attorney General’s office may show that Rich Cordray believes the partisan document snooping on Samuel “Joe the Plumber”  Wurzelbacher was not illegal. I expect the O’Reilly Factor to pick up on this story again.

At Kyle Sisk’s website, an anonymous blogger with a good memory reminds us what The Columbus Disgrace really thinks of local voters.

And my favorite blogger, Lyndsey Teter, a talented writer who is infamous for sharing WAAAAY too much personal information, has given birth to an adorable girl and will no longer update her website. Ben Marrison is pleased.

And President Obama has canceled a Charlie Brown Christmas. inexcusable!

Ask AG Rich Cordray, Why Are You Supporting Joe the Plumber’s Snoopers? Ask Him at (800) 282-0515

November 18th, 2009 Matt View Comments

From Bill Hershey in The Dayton Daily News:

COLUMBUS — Ohio taxpayers are right in the middle of the civil rights lawsuit that Samuel Joseph — “Joe the Plumber” — Wurzelbacher has filed against three former state employees, charging that they illegally accessed his confidential information through state databases.

Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray’s office is defending former state employees Helen Jones-Kelley, Douglas Thompson and Fred Williams. All have denied wrongdoing and asked that the case, filed last March in U.S. District Court in Columbus, be dismissed.

Jones-Kelley was director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Williams was the department’s assistant director and Thompson the deputy director of child support when the “Joe the Plumber” controversy erupted during the 2008 presidential campaign.

Jones-Kelley and Thompson are from the Dayton area.

So is Cordray required to to defend these partisan dirt bags who were helping the Strickland administration perform a criminal act? Nope:

He acknowledged that there are exceptions to the requirement that the attorney general represent state employees. For those to come into play, a determination must be made that the employee was acting “manifestly outside the scope of his official employment or official responsibilities, with malicious purpose, in bad faith or in a wanton or reckless manner.”

As Dave Yost, the only true Republican running for Attorney General said:

The Ohio Inspector General investigated and reported that “None of the justifications provided * * * meet any reasonable “agency function or purpose.”

Joe the Plumber sued the Three Plumbing Inspectors, but not the State of Ohio. For good reason – the State of Ohio has no business in the dirty tricks of political smear tactics. Mr. Cordray shouldn’t be spending our limited resources to defend it.

This is a deeply offensive waste of taxpayer dollars. If you are outraged, please call AG Rich Cordray at (800) 282-0515. And please be polite… after all, real conservatives have manners.

On Rich Cordray Defending Joe the Plumber’s Snoopers, Where is the Ohio GOP and Mike DeWine?

November 18th, 2009 Matt Comments off

Good question.

Rich Cordray…

October 14th, 2009 Matt Comments off

ducked a question from Justice Alito that any prosecutor could have easily answered.

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AG Rich Cordray Signs on to Letter U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Agency

August 19th, 2009 Matt Comments off

23 Attorney Generals have signed a letter urging the creation of a new agency to fight “deceptive practices” in the lending industry. According to AG Cordray, the same government which demanded that loans be made to unqualified poor minorities, forced the re-writing of contracts by judges, and created the accounting nightmare called “Sarbanes-Oxley” will now police the very problems they created.

Will Cordray also support the creation of an agency to protect lenders from deceptive borrowers who buy houses they can’t afford? Or perhaps there should be another agency which will investigate just why 23 Attorney Generals are writing a polite letter to Chris Dodd and Barney Frank, instead of investigating those two Congressmen’s involvement in the financial collapse (Countrywide scandal, OneUnited Bank in Boston, questionable donations (and a boyfriend) from Freddie & Frannie, et cetera) and possibly arresting them?

As you may have saw in my interview with AG Cordray, I was genuinely impressed with his seemly conservative legal philosophy. But little things like this make me think he is simply a politically savvy, thinner version of Marc Dann.

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Court Upholds Ohio Ban on Human Pesticide

August 15th, 2009 Matt Comments off

From Gongwer ($$$):

Americans United for Life said Friday the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has dissolved an injunction against enforcement of an Ohio law strictly regulating the provision of the abortion drug RU-486.

Charmaine Yoest, the group’s CEO and president, called the court action a victory for women’s health.

“Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers have readily admitted that they administer RU-486 in violation of the FDA-approved protocol for the drug. In response, Ohio rightly sought to protect women from such dangerous practices, and the Sixth Circuit has ratified that decision,” Ms. Yoest said.[...]

AUL said that in light of the clarification, the federal appeals court vacated the injunction prohibiting enforcement of the law and remanded the case to the federal district court.

Ohio AG Rich Cordray in his interview with me used this case as a reason why pro-lifers should be comfortable with his pro-abortion views.

Strickland’s Budget Will Not Be Balanced- Groups and Courts Doing What Bill Harris Should Have Done

August 13th, 2009 Matt Comments off

First, from James Nash:

Yesterday, Strickland aides released a series of proposed rules governing the racetrack slot machines that include a schedule of payments due and penalties for scofflaws.

In addition to the direct payments to the state, the rules require track owners to make $80 million in improvements to each facility, including $20 million in the first year.

The rules also would allow the racetrack casinos to be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Tracks must submit applications for permits to operate slot machines, along with a business plan, to begin May 1, 2010. The business plans would be treated as trade secrets and not publicly released, according to the Strickland administration’s rules.

Strickland is counting on most of the machines running by May 2010 so the state can realize $933 million in licensing fees and profits that it needs to balance its two-year operating budget.

However, the timeline and financial projections could be threatened. A group of conservatives,, has sued in the Ohio Supreme Court to force the racetrack slots to a public vote in November 2010.

In addition, a partnership of Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert and Penn National Gaming Inc. is backing a ballot measure this November that would authorize new casinos in Cleveland, Columbus, Toledo and Cincinnati.

For those of you keeping score at home, VLTs are what Gov. Strickland balanced the budget with, in addition to using the unconstitutional tobacco settlement which dates back to Attorney General Betty Montgomery. But the courts are saying “NO.”:

The Strickland administration will mount an appeal to a Tuesday court ruling that would prevent the state from using $230 million in smoking prevention funding to help pay for home-care services under Ohio’s latest budget.

Franklin County Common Pleas Court Judge David Fais’ decision bars the state from touching $230 million from the dissolved Ohio Tobacco Prevention Foundation. The battle over the money began in April 2008, when Gov. Ted Strickland outlined plans to use tobacco foundation money to partly finance a $1.57 billion jobs stimulus plan in the state.

With the money frozen while the legal fight played out, the state shifted the intended use of the cash to optional Medicaid services, a children’s Medicaid expansion and cancer screenings, said Strickland spokeswoman Amanda Wurst.

In my interview with Ohio AG Rich Cordray, he defended the state’s spending, saying esentially that because health care services for smokers costs the state money which was directed from other state services, Ohio can spend the money on whatever the hell it wants to. Apparently, the courts don’t agree.

Instead of leaving budget debates until 2011, when Ohio will have to figure out what to do with the $7-11 billion dollar deficit Ohio will have, and other reasons for delays in VLTs (not to mention that they, like Keno, will underperform), in addition to the courts stopping the use of tobacco funds, could mean that Gov. Strickland might have his hand forced to make tough decisions. And while Strickland’s alternative answer might very well be a tax hike, a new budget debate would finally allow the Ohio House’s Republican minority to be heard on their ideas to reduce the number of government workers and reform unsustainable pensions.

In related news, as of yesterday, MTR’s stock price is down, which means MTR lobbyist Chris Redfern is slightly less filthy rich.

NEWS FLASH: Brian Rothenberg Believes in God

July 27th, 2009 Matt Comments off

Brian Rothenberg of Progress Ohio and Mike Gonidakis of Ohio Right to Life debated the “cultural index,”   a poll which shows Ohio to be an overwhelmingly conservative state, on the State of Ohio with Karen Kasler.

Watch the video here:

It is fun watching them go back and forth, and I’d like to see these two Ohio political titans debate something which doesn’t degrade into an attempted smearing of the reputation of a talented former Zogby pollster. The differences in the polls Brian mentions are all snapshots at different times and are statistically quite similar, but the average PBS viewer is left to take Brian’s assumptions to the contrary. That isn’t fair, but perhaps this is what inherently happens when a debate focuses on one specific poll. (Perhaps news outlets should using polls for a replacement for real news?)

Also, Rothenberg’s defensiveness over the poll and his quickness to link his statist movement to a belief in God verifies for me that so-called “progressive” leaders in Ohio aren’t comfortable defending their inherently secular, anti-God philosophy. It is clear that the god of leftist utopianists IS government, and their plans to immanentize the eschaton always fail.

And have you ever noticed that when liberals debate an issue they don’t agree with, they call it “divisive?” This is a lame tactic used to silence conservatives, and is so often deployed that it has become meaningless.

(Here is my Rich Cordray interview, which was mentioned during the debate.)

Buckeye Firearms Association

July 23rd, 2009 Matt Comments off

Chad Baus at the Buckeye Firearms Association picked up on my Rich Cordray interview, and reminds us that AG Cordray did not sign onto a letter with 23 other state Attorney Generals asking the Federal government not to re-impose the “assault” weapons ban.

My full interview with Rich Cordray is available here.’s Interview With Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray

July 22nd, 2009 Matt View Comments

On Tuesday afternoon, Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule for a telephone interview with me.

I would like to thank Holly Hollingsworth and Ted Hart of the Ohio Attorney General’s office for their assistance in scheduling this interview. Mr. Hart was rightfully skeptical of my interview request, but I thank him for being so polite and gracious.

I gave AG Cordray the opportunity to pause or rephrase any of his answers, but he never used that opportunity. I am a lousy stenographer, so all grammatical errors and typos are exclusively my fault. Below is the transcript:

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Liberal Mike DeWine Runs for Attorney General

June 16th, 2009 Matt View Comments

Mike DeWine Ohio
Will he please just go away?

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