Paul Nick, executive director of the Ohio Ethics Commission, said Ohio has a track record for enforcement that is equaled by only a handful of other states. In recent years, numerous public officials — including then Gov. Bob Taft and former Attorney General Marc Dann — have run afoul of the state’s ethics laws.
But former Ohio Inspector General Tom Charles says the system could be improved through better funding and broader investigative powers.
The newspaper’s investigation revealed that the three watchdog agencies responsible for overseeing hundreds of thousands of public employees together have a staff of about 40 people.