Several Democratic members of the Ohio House say they’re concerned that the business dealings of Ohio’s jobs chief may be at odds with his current position. Four Democrats have filed an ethics complaint alleging possible conflicts of interest and lack of disclosure by JobsOhio chief investment office Mark Kvamme. Kvamme is a venture capitalist who was appointed by Gov. John Kasich for a salary of a dollar a year. Rep. Bob Hagan of Youngstown says he wants to know more about Kvamme’s compensation as a member of the board of Sequoia Capital, which does a lot of work in outsourcing.
The Democrats also say Kvamme failed to disclose his membership on the boards of three companies, and that the disclosure forms Kvamme filed don’t make clear his role in a country club that went bankrupt. Kvamme issued a statement saying that it's the policy of JobsOhio not to comment on pending complaints or litigation. Kvamme adds that he's helped put together 154 projects creating or retaining more than 120,000 jobs, but says that record is intimidating his opponents who are - quoting here - "distracting attention from Ohio’s progress with wild personal attacks."