Ohio Roundtable: The Public Square - Corruption and the Lottery
Corruption and the Lottery
Corporate Corruption. Is it limited to the Boardroom?
Corruption is a word that now rides atop the headlines
coast to coast. Everybody is talking about dishonesty in the boardrooms and the accounting
offices across the land.
Recently an Ohio judge spent quite a few pages talking
about corruption at the highest levels of the Ohio Government.
Judge Daniel Hogan, in his ruling regarding lottery
expansion, made the point over and over again that prohibitions against gambling flow from
a historic concern to prevent corruption in high places, especially in our government.
Little wonder that Judge Hogan slapped down a major provision of the MegaMillions lottery
bill passed by the Ohio General Assembly in late 2001.
The Judge rightly discerned that shifting money out of the
education budget and into the general revenue fund was a shell game played by state
lawmakers. This shell game is a direct violation of the wishes of the people of Ohio and
the laws they passed back in 1987.
So why would lawmakers do such a thing? Why would they so
clearly violate the law? Because gambling revenues are so easy to manipulate and they
figured no one would ever dare take them to Court, and no judge would dare challenge their
Funny how gambling money can cloud people's judgment, isn't
it. To learn more about this law suit and this important policy initiative please visit us
today at www.ohioroundtable.org.
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