Monday, December 12, 2011

Too Many Hands in the Soup?

* The deep dark secrets behind the new congressional districts in Ohio are finally coming out, and it doesn't look pretty. While they were out of the public eye in their publicly funded "bunker" for three months, the Republicans catered to the wishes of their contributors.


Public documents released Monday by Ohio voter advocates show representatives of U.S. House Speaker John Boehner and operatives at the National Republican Congressional Committee were central in drawing the state’s disputed congressional map.

Documents obtained through a public records request by the Ohio Campaign for Accountable Redistricting show Tom Whatman, executive director of a congressional campaign effort called Team Boehner, legislative leaders, mapmaking consultants and the National Republican Congressional Committee participating in the process.

The correspondence includes a pledge by GOP Senate President Tom Niehaus to deliver “a map that Speaker Boehner fully supports.”....

....As the unveiling of the Republicans’ congressional map neared, Whatman was averaging a request a day, including a suggested boundary change affecting the Canton-based Timken Co., led by a prolific Republican political donor.....

Isn't it just like the Republicans to try to please their big wealthy corporate contributors.  They've got to keep their fat cats happy.  I'm glad someone has been able to shed some light on this gerrymandering controversy.  Since Boehner had his hands in this, we know it won't really promote fairness or help average Ohioans.