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Ohio State Government November 7, 2006 Election
Candidates Answer Questions on the Issues
Attorney General; State of Ohio

The questions were prepared by the League of Women Voters of Ohio and asked of all candidates for this office.     See below for questions on Integrity of government

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1. As chief legal officer of the state of Ohio, how will you ensure the integrity of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches in light of recent ethical violations and financial irregularities? (150 word limit)

Answer from Betty Montgomery:

Many Ohioans believe that too many politicians have put private interests before the public interest. In a few cases - involving both Democrats and Republicans - this has been true. Although most officials are honest and dedicated public servants, the crimes committed by a corrupt minority have eroded Ohioans' trust in government. Those who have violated the law should be prosecuted and punished.

Current Ohio law prevents lobbyists from gaining favors from state officials through illegal gifts, but we must clarify these laws, close existing loopholes, ensure transparency and timeliness in the reporting of donations or gifts, and increase penalties for public officials convicted of crimes of public corruption.

Answer from Marc Dann:

As a leader in the effort to expose and pursue the wrongdoing that has occurred in state government, I am already changing the way business is done in Ohio. I have sued the governor twice to force him to release documents relative to Coingate and other scandals and introduced 12 bills that will wipe out the pay-to-play culture that now controls the state and imposes a billion dollar corruption tax on Ohioans every year. As Attorney General I will continue the fight to clean up Ohio by instituting many of the reforms encompassed in my legislation, by recruiting the best available legal minds--including top flight graduates of Ohio's law schools--to work in a reinvigorated Public Integrity Division, by establishing a credible, transparent procedure for appointing special counsel, by reviewing state contract worth $1 million or more, and by aggressively enforcing Ohio's open records and ethics laws.

Responses to questions asked of each candidate are reproduced as submitted to the League.  Candidates' statements are presented as submitted. 150 Word limits apply for each question. Direct references to opponents are not permitted.

The order of the candidates is random and changes daily. Candidates who did not respond are not listed on this page.

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