Wednesday, July 20, 2005


And in other news-that-is-considered-so-yesterday-at-the-moment:

Par for the course -- More unreported golf trips by Taft surface

Gov. Bob Taft has filed documents with the Ohio Ethics Commission listing 50 to 60 golf outings and other events he previously failed to disclose, sources told The Dispatch.

Neither Taft’s office nor the Ethics Commission Tuesday would release the documents or even confirm the filing.

Taft’s staff, after telling The Dispatch they had no public records on the matter, referred questions to William Meeks, the Columbus criminal attorney hired by the governor to handle what Taft referred to as “errors and omissions” on his annual financial-disclosure statements covering a number of years.

Meeks has not returned calls for the past several days.
Among those with whom Taft reportedly played golf was Thomas W. Noe, the Maumee coin dealer. He is the focal point of state and federal investigations about a shortfall of up to $13 million in a Bureau of Workers’ Compensation investment as well as allegations that he disguised the source of political contributions to President Bush’s campaign.
Golf outings, which can run $200 per person for greens fees, cart rentals and other charges, were ruled to be something of substantial value in a 2001 ethics decision.
If Taft knowingly filed a false financial-disclosure statement, he could face up to six months in jail, a $1,000 fine or both.


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