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Ohio: Noe pleads guilty to campaign finance violations

AP reports: For more than a year, Ohio’s Republican Party and its governor have been swept up in a scandal threatening to end the GOP’s dominance in state politics.

State and federal investigations into free golf outings, campaign donations and the state’s unusual investment in rare coins put party leaders on the defensive. Republicans from President Bush on down rushed to rid themselves of contributions considered tainted.

All the while, the businessman and prominent Republican fundraiser at the center of the scandal waited out his fate at his oceanside home in the Florida Keys.

On Wednesday, coin dealer Tom Noe pleaded guilty to federal charges that he illegally funneled about $45,000 to Bush’s re-election campaign. -- cantonrep.com

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