COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A county prosecutor says he wants more information on the Ohio Senate finance chairman's decision to champion a 2009 budget amendment that benefited a hometown agricultural nonprofit the senator co-founded and financially backed.
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien expressed "some concerns" surrounding media reports that Springfield Republican Chris Widener pursued a budget provision that helped the Ohio Equine and Agricultural Association. Widener says he guarded against any conflict by resigning from the nonprofit's board and canceling a startup loan guarantee he'd provided the nonprofit before pursuing legislation.
O'Brien, a Republican, said Friday he's asked Legislative Inspector General Tony Bledsoe to gather details and report back to him as he gathers facts.
Widener said Friday he's provided Bledsoe the facts about the board and will provide any additional information needed.