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Ohio AG Apologizes For Taxpayer Funded Ad

Ohio Public Radio

The Ohio Democratic Party is asking Attorney General David Yost to turn over records regarding an ad about his first 100 days in office. Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles has details. 

The ad was made by Yost’s communications staff but it was embedded in a campaign fundraising video. And even though the ad was removed once its usage came to light, Ohio Democratic Party Chair David Pepper wants more information about it.


Ohio officials seem to have this terrible habit using taxpayer dollars to do self-promotion. That self-promotion then becomes material for campaigns or campaign fundraising.”


Yost’s office took the ad down shortly after questions were raised about it. In a written statement, Yost said the appearance of recent links to the video posted by his office sent the wrong message and said he had instructed his political team to make sure it doesn’t happen again.



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