By Randy Ludlow, The Columbus Dispatch
The liberal-leaning political blog Plunderbund is asking the Ohio Supreme Court to order Ohio Treasuer Josh Mandel to turn over public records it claims were illegally withheld by his office.
Plunderbund Media filed an action seeking a writ of mandamus from the court on Monday, claiming Mandel was alone among five Republican statewide officeholders in failing to turn over records requested in March.
In its complaint, the blog stated it asked Gov. John Kasich, Attorney General Mike DeWine, Auditor Dave Yost, Secretary of State Jon Husted and Mandel for copies of public-records requests, records-request logs and the offices’ correspondence about the requests between Jan. 1, 2011 and May 31.
The officials, with the exception of Mandel, provided the requested records in a timely manner, the complaint says.