4 Columbus officials ordered to pay for Ohio State game


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Ethics Commission says four elected Columbus officials paid less than they should have to watch an Ohio State football game in a luxury suite with a lobbyist.

The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/2ak0252 ) the commission determined Mayor Andrew Ginther, Councilman Shannon Hardin, former Councilwoman Michelle Mills and Franklin County Municipal Court Judge Eileen Paley paid $250 to watch the Buckeyes at the 2014 Big Ten Championship game in Indianapolis.

The commission says the trip was worth nearly $700 and has ordered the city to pay the difference.

The suite belonged to food vendor Centerplate, awarded a contract at a Columbus-area convention center days earlier.

Ginther called the allegations “baseless.” The others didn’t immediately respond to messages.

Franklin County terminated its contract with Centerplate after an internal investigation uncovered collusion.

___

Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

comments powered by Disqus