THE BLOG
08/20/2007 11:49 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Ohio Complains That Colorado GOP Is Deflating the Cost of Bribery

Cleveland's city paper, the Cleveland Scene, is complaining that Colorado Republican Senate candidate Bob Schaffer is deflating the price of bribery in the wake of allegations that he sold his vote on the Colorado school board for $4,000 from the head of White Hat Management -- a charter school company. The donor in the middle of the scandal has spent tens of thousands of dollars on campaign contributions in Ohio to buy votes on similar issues.

Here are the details:

"In February, [Denver Public school] leaders voted unanimously to yank White Hat's charter, due to the small matter of sucking something fierce. So Brennan fixed the problem by Ohio rules: He bribed a guy. Enter Bob Schaffer, former congressman, current member of the Colorado State Board of Education, and prospective U.S. Senate candidate. Schaffer's board essentially overruled Denver, forcing the city to keep White Hat. In return, Schaffer received $4,000 in campaign contributions from Brennan, most of which arrived just a month after the vote ... So while [we] appreciate Schaffer's importing of our traditions to the Rocky Mountains, we urge him to reconsider his fee schedule. If he doesn't hike up his prices, he runs the risk of making politicians look cheap."

For some background, Schaffer recently demanded his fellow school board members to disclose their potential conflicts of interest, but then didn't disclose his own conflict of interest (aka. campaign contributions) as it related to a vote on funding a charter school. To date, Schaffer refuses to sign a pledge to live up to his own conflict-of-interest disclosure demands. Now, in advance of one of the biggest U.S. Senate races in AMerica, it looks like he is becoming a national model for hypocrisy and corruption.