From The Plain Dealer

JobsOhio doesn’t have to respond to a public-records request seeking information on the economic development nonprofit’s finances and potential conflicts of interest, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.

In a unanimous decision, the state’s high court dismissed a complaint filed by Columbus attorney Victoria Ullmann seeking donation lists, conflict-of-interest forms, correspondence with the governor’s office and other information. In a two-paragraph ruling, the court found that the General Assembly has largely exempted JobsOhio from Ohio public-records law.

JobsOhio has come under scrutiny in recent months over its refusal to open its books for public scrutiny. The private corporation is mainly funded from bonds backed by state liquor revenues.

Ullmann once had a leading role in a different, more prominent legal challenge to JobsOhio filed by ProgressOhio and two Democrats, but she was removed from that case. The Supreme Court heard arguments last month on whether ProgressOhio has standing in that case.

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