Coingate hero Tom Noe worked with Bob Taft, Betty Montgomery, and many others to use Ohio tax dollars as a personal ATM:
A jury found Noe guilty in 2006 of 29 charges of corruption, theft, money laundering, and of tampering with records for the theft of millions of dollars from two $25 million rare-coin funds he managed for the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation. He was found not guilty on 11 other charges, and several others were dismissed or consolidated.
Former Common Pleas Court Judge Thomas Osowik sentenced Noe to 18 years in state prison and ordered him to pay $13,747,000 in restitution, the cost of prosecution totaling $2,979,402, and $139,000 in fines.
Noe is highly qualified to be Finance Chairman. He is an expert at getting money from other people, legally or illegally. While he would have to perform his duties from behind prison bars, that's ok, because Mr. Noe is that damn good!
If one of the top reasons we endorsed Borges for Chairman is to appeal to the criminal voting bloc, Noe's selection as Finance head would allow us to double-down on that theme. Convicted criminals are a highly reliable voting bloc for the Democrats and that has got to change. Ask yourself - if you were a convicted criminal and saw Borges and Noe in high-ranking GOP leadership positions, wouldn't you want to vote Republican? For these reasons and many more, we proudly endorse convicted felon Tom Noe for Ohio Republican Party Finance Chairman.