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Ginther To Address Media About Red Light Investigation

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Former Redflex CEO Karen Finley Finley said she agreed to provide campaign contributions in exchange for help in obtaining red-light camera contracts and ticket enforcement.

Columbus City Council President and mayoral candidate Andrew Ginther is set to address the media Monday about a federal bribery and fraud investigation involving red light cameras and their Arizona operator.

News broke on Friday that Ginther was linked to the investigation. 

As part of a plea deal with federal prosecutors, 55-year-old Karen Finley, the former CEO of red light camera operator Redflex, admitted participation in a scheme between 2005 and 2013 in which her company made campaign contributions to elected public officials.

Finley said she agreed to provide campaign contributions in exchange for help in obtaining red-light camera contracts and ticket enforcement.

Ginther is not named in court records, but a cross check with campaign finance reports link him to a suspicious donation from Redflex. 

Ginther released a statement that said he had "absolutely no knowledge of these activities and did not take part in them."

"While I am not a subject of this inquiry, I have been asked to provide records that may help the investigation into Redflex," Ginther wrote.

George Speaks, the director of Columbus’ Department of Public Safety, issued a statement Monday saying “I am confident that the Department of Public Safety has complied with all laws and city policies. We will continue to cooperate with any and all investigations and examinations.”