>November 20, 2008
TOLEDO, Ohio – What we always thought was true was verified today–Barak Obama’s campaign ran or sanctioned illegal searches on a private person, Joe The Plumber, to the detriment of John McCain. Sources confirmed that the agency director, Helen Jones-Kelley, was a Democrat who also allegedly sent Obama political fund raising emails on state equipment.
An Associated Press story today confirms that a State of Ohio agency director improperly used state computers to find personal information on “Joe the Plumber,” There was no legitimate business purpose for the head of Ohio’s Department of Job and Family Services to order staff to look up the records, Inspector General Tom Charles said. The results of the investigation directly implicates the Democrats and the president-elect for dirty, illegal campaigning.
In a separate violation, Director Jones-Kelley was placed on probation on allegations of using a state computer and/or state email accounts to assist in fund raising efforts of Democrat Barak Obama’s presidential campaign.
Of course the report said that investigators weren’t able to determine whether the searches were politically motivated but it is abundantly clear that they were. Political Disconnect has now confirmed that those who ordered these improper checks were Democrats.
The background checks into Samuel J. Wurzelbacher, a Toledo-area man known as Joe the Plumber. He became a household name in the final weeks of the after asking about his tax plan at a campaign stop near Toledo.
Eight of the checks were done without any legitimate business purpose, the report said.
The findings have been forwarded to the Franklin County prosecutor’s office in Columbus but don’t expect any legal action. Most of them are Democrats. The Office of the Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney consists of 108 assistant prosecuting attorneys along with 101 employees that make up the support staff.
There was no home telephone listing for Jones-Kelley in Columbus.
Jones-Kelley has said the search of Wurzelbacher’s records were part of routine checks her agency conducts when someone suddenly emerges in the limelight which is false.She told state Senate President Bill Harris in a letter that records were checked because Wurzelbacher had indicated he might buy a business and it was determined that he owed back taxes. The department wanted to make sure appropriate actions were taken if he owed child support, received public assistance or owed unemployment compensation taxes, she wrote.
Jones-Kelley’s reasoning was at times contradictory, inconsistent and ambiguous, the inspector general’s report said. Since when does a state office order backgrounders simply because someone suggest they might buy a business?
It also found no policies or procedures to support Jones-Kelley’s claim that it was the agency’s practice to look into someone thrust in the spotlight. As Wurzelbacher’s profile was elevated in Republican John McCain’s campaign, criticism over the Ohio search rose to a fever pitch. Republicans were furious that Wurzelbacher was targeted, saying that he was simply a private citizen who stood up and questioned the.