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Ohio Democrat Chairman Chris Redfern: Polluter & Law Breaker

February 16th, 2010 Matt View Comments

If you saw this sign at the Ohio State House in Columbus which says “Passenger Drop Off”… would you do anything else other than drop or pick someone up, and take maybe up to 5 minutes to do so?

Of course you wouldn’t! Because you are a law abiding citizen.

But apparently, Ohio Democrat Party Chairman Chris Redfern, a powerful man who married into a life of privilege, thinks he is above the law.

Just about everything else was canceled today at the State House due to snow. However, Ohio Attorney General Rich Cordray had a 3pm. And Redfern was there with his lobbyist wife Kim to talk to reporters.

The event lasted approximately an hour. And as I exited a rather boring press conference full of populist platitudes about Wall Street, a few State House employees tipped me off that Chris Redfern’s giant black Chevy SUV (pictured above) was in the loading zone…

with the engine running…

for more than a hour!

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That is a very large, gas-powered car, idling and emitting pollution into the air. As you can see from this picture (below), taken almost 20 minutes prior to the one above, there is clearly exhaust fumes being spewed out. Mother Earth is weeping:

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And Mayor Mike Coleman might be interested to see this, as it is clear that PLENTY of parking meters were available across the street. If Redfern was a responsible citizen, his driver could have parked there legally, turned off the engine, and pay for a parking meter as a token gesture that he is willing to sacrifice money that can be “reinvested” by the city.

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Finally, after more than 67 minutes, Kim and Chris get in the car, probably to dash off to Lindey’s to have dinner and a conversation that has nothing… absolutely nothing… to do with whatever company Kim just shook down in exchange for access to her husband.

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As a typical elitist liberal, Chris Redfern is all about having the state subsidize green projects. In fact, his SUV is E-85, which has the capacity to use a highly-inefficient, subsidized corn-based fuel… even though he was probably burning good old-fashioned gasoline. Redfern is happy to tell you how to live your life, as long as those rules don’t apply to him.

Why wasn’t Redfern issued a citation? Why does Redfern think it is OK to harm the environment in such a careless fashion? And considering his choice of cars and his many trips on lobbyist-funded private jets, how big is Chris’ “carbon footprint?” These are questions worth asking.

Issue 3, MTR, Penn National & Competitive Bidding

August 23rd, 2009 Matt View Comments

Issue 3 and this gambling debate is something of a mess, and Brent Larkin calls Gov. Ted out on allowing that to happen:

Ohio’s seven horse racing tracks will pay $65 million each to build slot machine parlors on their properties. The racetrack deal, engineered by Gov. Ted Strickland and his minions in the legislature, represented public policy at its worst.

Jeffrey Hooke, a Maryland-based casino expert and investment banker, said a fair price for each casino license would be in the $300 million to $500 million range. Hooke described the governor’s deal with the racetracks as “the greatest taxpayer ripoff in Ohio history.”

Strickland has made a mess of Ohio’s gambling climate. Any governor with a modicum of vision could have seen this coming and pushed a ballot issue that required a bidding process for casinos and racetrack slot machines.

But Gov. Strickland opposes an open bidding process, because that would make life difficult for MTR lobbyists Chris and Kim Redfern and the Ohio Democrat Party, all of whom will milk this gambling issue for every possible personal and political benefit.

Therefore, I am filing public records requests, as I am yet to read anywhere in the press of who met with Gov. Strickland’s administration on this deal. Just how was MTR selected as the company which would be used to fill holes in the budget? Was this just something Ted and Chris arranged at Club 185 in German Village over coffee and club sandwiches?

In addition, I will publish reports on just why Kim Redfern works as a lobbyist for these clients: Colonial Life Insurance, Thomas Fok & Associates, Information Control Corporation, Continental Real Estate, 3SG Corporation, Poggemeyer Design Group, Deloitte Consulting, TriVIN, City of Parma, PRIME Engineering, DCK North America, Berger & Montague, Informatica, Lawyers Development Corporation, PT Coures, and IQity.

And while the smart people over at fight to questions of VLTs over to voters, the Ohio Grocers Association fights the unconstitutional application of the CAT tax to food, and judges properly stop the misuse of tobacco settlement money, I will expose the corruption of Ohio Democrat Party Chris Redfern and his wife Kim.

Let the fun begin!

A Place for Chris & Kim Redfern to Dump Gambling $$$?

August 5th, 2009 Matt View Comments

There was a new PAC registered this week, called the North Coast Leadership PAC. It uses the exact same address that Chris Redfern used as a State Representative, 2841 North Bluff Ridge Dr. in Port Clinton, and the address lists Kimberly Redfern as a resident. The Treasurer is Thomas Ferrell.

It will be fascinating to watch who donates to this PAC, and what the money is used for, as this PAC is quite suspicious.

And while the amounts of money Ohio Democrat Party Chairman Chris Redfern and  Kim has made off of MTR will never truly be known, you can be assured they made far more than the $14,000 salary of the average MTR racino employee.

Corruption: Ohio Democrat Chairman Chris Redfern

July 20th, 2009 Matt Comments off

Update @5:09 pm- From an anonymous email…

I read your blog post and felt compelled to do some digging through a few SEC reports.  Here is a nice tidbit from MTR Gaming Group, Inc.’s most recent SEC filing (8-K, July 15, 2009)

“The Registrant expects EBITDA [this means earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amoritzation] from continuing operations of approximately $18.5 to $20 million (after severance costs of $160,000 and strategic costs associated with lobbying and gaming efforts in Ohio of $350,000), compared to EBITDA from continuing operations of $18.0 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2008.”

This could answer some of your questions about who paid for what private plane.  MTR spend $350,000.00 solely on lobbying Ohio to adopt slot machines in the last few months?  Makes you wonder when they knew Strickland was considering it.

Compare this with what MTR Gaming has spent to lobby in Penn. in the last five years.

On July 10th, Kim Redfern, lobbyist for Mountaineer Gaming and wife of Ohio Democrat Party Chairman Chris Redfern, wrote as her Facebook status: “Great, I’m making national headlines now! I guess there is more than one “Redfern” grabbing the headlines. Ha!!” It included a link to AP’s Julie Carr Smyth’s report about politically connected lobbying interests, including Kim’s, which would directly profit from the passage of Ted Strickland’s flip-flop on VLT’s.

She may had had even more to laugh and smile about, as Mountaineer Gaming would be the provider of VLT’s to Ohio’s racetracks and their company’s stock price increased by 50% the same day that the Senate budget compromise was announced.

But after more media reports, and after Chris Redfern held a press conference where he was peppered with questions over his discussions with the Governor regarding Mountaineer Gaming (and blamed the story on me!), he isn’t smiling now.

A good question for a reporters to start answering is: Who pays for the Redferns’ extravagant travel? As I have mentioned before, Redfern married into wealth, so extensive travel is not surprising. However, a round-trip to D.C. on a chartered jet like this would cost roughly $10,000.

Here is a picture from Kim’s Facebook profile, which includes the caption: “Flying in style to the Obama Inauguration! Reese’s first plane trip at 1 1/2 months old!

It is highly doubtful that the Ohio Democrat Party paid for the plane, as: 1) there is no record of this expense I can find, and 2) You can tell just by how they are sitting. My reasoning is: Most private jets have a layout with four “captain’s chairs” facing each other, with two on each side, and a sofa along the wall. It is proper etiquette for the host (or owner) to use captains’ chairs to face forward. Therefore, we can be quite certain this is someone else’s plane.  (The windows show that this is not a Gulfstream or a Lear, so it is probably a Cessna or Haker.)

Was the jet provided by Mountaineer Gaming? Or was it provided by some other special interest trying to buy access to the most powerful Ohio Democrat via his lobbyist wife?

And, as Democrats claim to be the party of the common man- the poor, the downtrodden, the losers in life’s lottery- how many average Democrats would be able to spend 1/4th of their annual salary on a short airplane ride?

And while we are on the subject, did some special interest fund the Redferns’ extravagant trip to Florence?

And with the recent boost in Mountaineer Gaming stock prices, perhaps they can afford a new home in Tuscany?

Something about this stinks, and if this story involved all Republicans, Chris Redfern would have already been forced to quit his current position in disgrace.

It was less than three months ago when Gov. Strickland came out strongly against gambling, only to change his mind. Chris is a former State Representative, and left office so recently that he is prohibited by law from lobbying. But can Chris honestly say that he- the CHAIRMAN OF THE DEMOCRATIC PATTY- had NO conversations with the DEMOCRATIC GOVERNOR Ted Strickland about this giant scheme to fill the budget deficit with VLT’s from a company which employs Chris’ wife? If you believe that, then I have a bridge in Brooklyn I’d like to sell you.

Ohio Democrat Corruption

July 13th, 2009 Matt View Comments

The Akron Beacon Journal RIPS Democrats for the scandalous nature of Governor Strickland’s gambling proposal:

As Gov. Ted Strickland and state lawmakers reached a budget deal late last week, the dismaying story began to emerge about how electronic slot machines, or video lottery terminals, became the indispensable source of revenue. Julie Carr Smyth of the Associated Press cited the swarm of lobbyists commanding the Statehouse, gambling interests of all kinds looking to get their way.

The winners? Those seven horse racetracks where the 17,500 electronic slots will be located. Just a coincidence that Mountaineer Gaming, the owner of Scioto Downs in Columbus, includes among its lobbyists Kimberly Redfern, the wife of Chris Redfern, the state Democratic Party chairman? Or that Alan Melamed, a close friend and adviser of Speaker Armond Budish, represents the Ohio Legacy Fund, a consortium of Ohio racetracks?

Julie Carr Smyth reported that Mountaineer began lobbying the governor early, joined by Intralot, now positioned to handle the slots. Hard to shake the unseemly impression: The Democratic governor and speaker avoid a dreaded tax increase. Meanwhile, influential allies reap a portion of the benefit.

And the governor called the maneuvers of Senate Republicans ”disgusting”? Is this what he meant when he declared that he owned the slots issue?

The Gaming Company that Mrs. Chris Redfern Lobbys For Saw Their Stock Price Increase by 50% on Friday

July 12th, 2009 Matt Comments off

On Thursday, I introduced you to Kim Redfern, the lobbyist and wife of the Ohio Democrat Party Chairman who may have a lot to do with Gov. Strickland’s change of heart on the gambling issue.

This happened right after the budget deal in the Ohio Senate to the interests she lobbys for, Mountaineer Gambling. (Here is her JLEC page)

Cha-ching! $$$:

* Deal addresses $3.2 billion budget gap

* Shares of MTR Gaming gain more than 50 percent

* Other companies could also benefit (Adds details, other stock impact)

LOS ANGELES, July 10 (Reuters) – Ohio Governor Ted Strickland and state lawmakers reached an agreement on Friday to help fill a $3.2 billion gap in the state’s budget by allowing racetracks to install slot machines.

Shares of racetrack operator MTR Gaming Group Inc (MNTG.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), which had risen on earlier reports that Strickland was considering issuing an executive order authorizing the slots, ended the day with a gain of more than 50 percent.

“Under the bipartisan agreement, I will issue a directive instructing Ohio’s lottery director to expeditiously take all necessary actions to implement video lottery terminals at Ohio racetracks,” Strickland said in a statement.

He has said the plan to legalize video slots at the state’s seven racetracks would raise about $933 million over the course of Ohio’s two-year budget.

The final budget agreement “is not only balanced, but invests in education without raising taxes on Ohioans,” Strickland said.

Ohio voters have repeatedly rejected efforts to allow casino gambling in the state — most recently last year.

Shares of MTR Gaming, which operates a horse track in Columbus, Ohio, rose $1.17 to close at $3.48 on Nasdaq.

Other companies potentially benefiting from the expansion of gambling in Ohio include slot machine makers Bally Technologies Inc (BYI.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), WMS Industries (WMS.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and International Game Technology (IGT.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz).

Shares of Bally rose 3.5 percent, while WMS rose 4.2 percent and IGT rose 2.1 percent — all on the New York Stock Exchange.

Casino operator Penn National Gaming Inc (PENN.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) would be able to add slots to its racetrack in Toledo, Ohio but would face increased competition for its largest riverboat in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, Brean Murray Carret analyst Ryan Worst said in a research report last month.

He also said Pinnacle Entertainment Inc (PNK.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) would be hurt by increased competition for its Belterra riverboat in Indiana.

Shares of Penn fell 1.9 percent on Nasdaq, while Pinnacle’s shares ended the day on the NYSE with a gain of 0.5 percent. (Reporting by Deena Beasley; Editing by Tim Dobbyn)

Thanks to Ohio Senate Republicans caving on the budget negotiations, Chris Redfern is now a very happy husband:


Ted Strickland in Bed with Mrs. Chris Redfern

July 9th, 2009 Matt Comments off

From the AP:

As state leaders previously opposed to gambling struggled to balance an ailing state budget, lobbyists representing an array of gambling interests swarmed the Ohio Statehouse promising that money from their devices would help plug the deficit.

Legislative records reviewed by the Associated Press show racetracks, lottery vendors, casino developers, bowling alleys and tavern game operators all are among those who peddled plans to Gov. Ted Strickland, other executive agencies or to legislative leaders.

Those who lobbied hardest appear to have been heard.

Lobbying activity reports filed with Legislative Inspective General Tony Bledsoe, for example, show that representatives of Mountaineer Gaming, owners of the Scioto Down horse track in Columbus, and Intralot, the lottery vendor that would benefit from Strickland’s racetrack slots proposal, were actively lobbying the governor in the first quarter of this year.

One of Mountaineer’s lobbyists is Kimberly I. Redfern, wife of state Democratic chairman Chris Redfern.

kimredfern1As a reminder, Strickland’s support of gambling is a total flip-flop on his campaign promises.

After inheriting a fortune from the tragic death of her first husband, Kim Redfern, who was something of a Republican at one time, has no guiding principles other than personal greed,  has made a tidy business for herself thanks to her husband’s powerful position. The stories I’ve heard about Mrs. Redfern are astonishingly unethical, and its nice that the MSM is finally noticing what, in their view, would have been outrageously scandalous if Chris was a Republican.

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