Left-Leaning Groups Criticize Top Senate Staffers After Newspaper Report

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The Dayton Daily News found that Jason Mauk, chief of staff for the Ohio Senate Republicans and Communications Director John McClelland were inconsistent with their record-keeping and even revised their comp time after a public records request was made.

Sam Gresham with the progressive-leaning activist group Common Cause said this backdating is grounds for prosecution on counts of tampering with public records.

“It could be sloppy bookkeeping but most likely they were altering public records in light of an expectation of an investigation," Gresham said.

Progress Ohio has also joined the call for an investigation. Both groups say using comp time instead of taking a leave of absence from office blurs the line between politics and policymaking.

McClelland and Mauk did not respond to a request for comment.

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