Sunday, October 21, 2012
PD: For wealthy Ohio GOP donors, it's a case of regifting
A must-read piece in the Sunday paper told of wealthy donors who accepted stimulus money from Uncle Sam and then forwarded some of it to Mitt Romney's campaign cash box while Mitt went around the country damning the program.
Among the ungrateful players were billionaire Les Wexner, chairman of Limited Brands, and retail designer Yaromir Steiner, the top guys associated with the Easton Town Center in northeast Columbus - a site that Koff described as a "paradise of a shopping Center" that reels in 21 million shoppers and others annually.
Wexner, the Easton developer, and Steiner sought and received a $911,356 grant from the Feds to "install new, energy efficient lighting in its parking garages." A dedicated supporter of Republicans, Wexner handed over $250,000 to Restore our Future, a super PAC opposed to "reckless spending". Steiner, Koff reported, also has given money to Josh Mandel, another Republican who noisily opposes the stimulus.
Among the others caught up in the same spirit of giving was the Timken Co., of Canton, which received $1.175 million in stimulus money. The Timken family has long been a major Republican sugar daddy and along with Steiner this year has included Mandel in its political benevolence.
There are other businessmen and companies mentioned who expect a gift from their giving, hypocrisy be damned. This much we can assure you: Some of them didn't build their enterprises themselves.