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Candidate for Ohio AG accuses Dewine of awarding contracts to donors

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A Democratic candidate for Ohio attorney general has accused Mike Dewine of awarding state contracts to firms run by major political donors.

David Pepper was in Youngstown on Wednesday to say he is asking for a federal investigation into matter.

Pepper said the contracts for tax collections were given to companies that didn't have a lot of experience, and therefore didn't perform well.

"For the first time in a decade, collections actually went down in 2012 and 2013. Ohio is missing out on millions of dollars because Mike Dewine wanted to hire his friend to do the work, instead of actually hiring people who know how to do the work," said Pepper.

A spokesperson for Dewine's office told 21 news, tax collections by the contractors are actually at an all-time high and are poised to break a record this year.

They also said some of the companies mentioned by Pepper never contributed to Dewine's campaign.

 

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