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Ohio Democratic Party Refuses to Return Campaign Donations From Scandal-Ridden School

The Ohio Democratic Party (ODP) refuses to return or donate campaign donations tied to the now-defunct Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT).
The ODP received $95,000 from ECOT and its founder, Bill Lager. Democratic candidate for governor Richard Cordray also directly received a total of $600, the Columbus Dispatch reported in February.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, the Republican candidate for governor, has filed suit against ECOT and Lager, accusing the school of falsifying the number of students it had and therefore receiving state funding it wasn’t due. The attorney general has demanded the organization return up to $200 million to the state. The school’s sponsor, Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West, voted in January to shut down ECOT after the state rejected a settlement offer.
While Republicans received the majority of ECOT political donations, the Ohio Republican Party and DeWine have returned or donated the funds they received.
ODP spokeswoman Kirstin Alvanitakis stated the party

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