JobsOhio Affiliate Underwrote College Hoops Game, Buys Branding Campaign

Jun 25, 2013

Receipts show an affiliate of Ohio's job-creation agency JobsOhio spent 15 thousand taxpayer dollars for a Dayton-area development agency to help underwrite the 2012 NCAA basketball game attended by Governor John Kasich, President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron.

The receipts show the JobsOhio-affiliated Ohio Business Development Coalition also gave 35 thousand taxpayer dollars to the Toledo Mud Hens to develop a local branding campaign. Much of the 8.4 million taxpayer dollars JobsOhio repaid the state in March went to salaries, benefits, parking and cellphone bills, or to promotional efforts like web sites and a state ad campaign. Lawmakers recently declared the agency's main funding stream private and not subject to a public audit.