- Associated Press - Sunday, July 31, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio Ethics Commission says four elected Columbus officials paid less than they should have to watch an Ohio State football game in a luxury suite with a lobbyist.

The Columbus Dispatch reports (https://bit.ly/2ak0252 ) the commission determined Mayor Andrew Ginther, Councilman Shannon Hardin, former Councilwoman Michelle Mills and Franklin County Municipal Court Judge Eileen Paley paid $250 to watch the Buckeyes at the 2014 Big Ten Championship game in Indianapolis.

The commission says the trip was worth nearly $700 and has ordered the city to pay the difference.

The suite belonged to food vendor Centerplate, awarded a contract at a Columbus-area convention center days earlier.

Ginther called the allegations “baseless.” The others didn’t immediately respond to messages.

Franklin County terminated its contract with Centerplate after an internal investigation uncovered collusion.


Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, https://www.dispatch.com

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