What families need to be banned from economic development funding in the future? Who have taken more than their fair share?

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Mon, 09/20/2010 - 18:57.
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As the name Coyne has surfaced in the corruption meltdown that has put the freeze on Northeast Ohio - Strongsville City Councilman Patrick Coyne placed on paid leave from job at coroner's office - I googled Coyne Ohio Politics and found an interesting posting on Third Base Politics on Coyne and Mid-Town development, that has been truly shitty... in this case connecting failed Ohio Governor Strickland and his failed Jobs Czar Lee Fisher with a Coyne doing big fundraising and paying-off for Strickland and Fisher leading to a Coyne getting big state grant funding - SAME COYNES?

What families need to be banned from economic development funding in the future?

Who have taken more than their fair share, the wrong ways?

Strongsville City Councilman Patrick Coyne placed on paid leave from job at coroner's office

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Strongsville City Councilman Patrick Coyne was placed on paid leave Monday from his $120,000-a-year job at the Cuyahoga County Coroner's Office.

The move came three days after Hinckley real estate developer David T. Terry pleaded guilty to bribing Coyne with $20,000 two years ago. Coyne, however, has not been charged with a crime.

Coyne worked as a deputy county treasurer before switching in 1999 to county Prosecutor Bill Mason's office, where he served as director of budget and fiscal operations. He later became director of human resources and operations.

In 2007, Coyne moved to the coroner's office.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Are Ohio grants for sale?

 

Contributions influence politicians.

Shocker, eh?

But usually it's not this transparent.

This past Friday, Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher had a chance to put on his Jobs Czar hat again:

Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher, a candidate for the U.S. Senate, announced at a news conference in Cleveland that the state will give its maximum grant for job-ready sites to the MidTown Tech Park, a $21 million project being developed by the Geis Cos. and the Coyne family.

But a review of a few contributions showed some interesting findings.

I looked at the state and federal contributions from Alfred, Patty, Katherine, Ethan, and Greg Geis; as well as Ann and Terry Coyne - all are involved with the grant-winning company or family members.

  • Lee Fisher has been the proud recipient of $29,200 in contributions from the above-mentioned family members.
  • In addition, Terry Coyne hosted a fundraiser on September 29th of last year in Cleveland for Fisher. Attendees had the opportunity to pay a minimum of $1,000 to attend, and $5,000 to have dinner with the candidate.
  • On top of all that, these same family members have also given $45,250 to Ted Strickland's campaign.

And what did Geis and Coyne get? 17% of their project is paid for by a state grant, as well as "a $10.7 million federal, low-interest loan administered by the city of Cleveland; a $240,000 forgivable loan from a city program for vacant properties; and about $4 million in equity created through the sale of New Markets Tax Credits."

Oh, and let's not forget "priority status for future state grants and loans."

If nothing else, this sure doesn't look good. It's this perception of impropriety that makes voters more and more cynical.

I'm going to hope for some clarification from the Fisher and Strickland campaigns, but I won't hold my breath.

 

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