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Ohio Ethics Commission Clears Columbus City Council Members Of Wrongdoing

Columbus City Hall
Columbus City Hall

The Ohio Ethics Commission says it has found no wrong-doing by Columbus City Council members.  The Ethics Commission was investigating council members who work for non-profits organizations which receive city funding. 

The Ohio Ethics Commission sent word on March 23rd to former council president - now mayor - Andrew Ginther, former councilwoman Michelle Mills, current council president Zach Klein and councilwoman Priscilla Tyson that they were cleared of allegations that they misused their public positions to benefit their non-profit employers. 

The council in the past has allocated money to Alvis House where Tyson works, St. Stephens House, headed by Mills, and Mid-Ohio Food Bank whose attorney is Zach Klein. 

In a letter, the commission said it found no sufficient evidence to report a violation of ethics law or related statutes.

An earlier report by WOSU stated that certain council members voted to grant funds to their non-profit employers.  This is incorrect.  Each council member mentioned in the story above abstained when votes were held to fund the specific organizations with which they are or were affiliated.  WOSU regrets the error.