August 18, 2005
Who Paid for the Golf Game?
Ohio News (ONN-AP) here reports on an investigation of Ohio Governor Bob Taft regarding his golfing. No, they are not looking if he moved the ball improperly or incorrectly reported his score - but rather who paid for his participation in the golf outings. 60 golf outings since 1999 seems to be the subject of an investigation by the Ohio Ethics Commission. Who paid for them and if above a certain amount did he properly report them as gifts? The article fails to mention how he shot on these rounds.
UPDATE: Gov. Taft entered a plea of "no contest" to four misdemeanor counts of failing to report the golf outing gifts, as required by state law. The court imposed a $1,000 fine for each violation. An AP story (here) notes that Taft "chose not to plead guilty but was taking responsibility for ethics lapses." I guess he can say truthfully he was never "convicted" of a crime related to the ethics violations. (ph)
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