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Group Wants Records Involving JobsOhio, Kvamme

A group critical of Governor John Kasich's private job creation entity, JobsOhio, says the California venture capitalist that served as its first president may have used that position to set himself up for a big payday in the future. Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports.

The liberal group Progress Ohio has been trying to find out about the deals Mark Kvamme has been striking with his firm Drive Capital since leaving JobsOhio.

Progress Ohio’s Brian Rothenberg says based on a similar proposed deal with one of the state’s pension funds, Kvamme could net $9 million in fees, half a million in expenses and 20% of future profits from Ohio State’s investment in his company.

“I think he definitely cashed in on the relationships that he was able to develop in Ohio – better than most Ohioans could.”

Rothenberg says he’s had a difficult time getting documents to prove this, but he thinks the deal Ohio State received is the same one as proposed to the pension fund – though the records he received from OSU are so heavily redacted it’s hard to tell. Progress Ohio is part of a suit challenging the constitutionality of JobsOhio.

Jim has been with WCBE since 1996. Before that he worked as a reporter at another Columbus radio station, and for three newspapers in Southwest Florida.
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