Grand Old Police Blotter: Dealer Noe Deal Edition
How do you recognize a Bush Pioneer? His pasty white face clashes with his orange jumpsuit.
Yet another Bush Pioneer confesses to his crimes against the public:
TOLEDO, Ohio - A coin dealer and prominent GOP fundraiser at the center of an Ohio political scandal pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal charges he illegally funneled about $45,000 to President Bush's re-election campaign.
Tom Noe, once a powerful political figure who also raised money for Ohio Republicans, still is charged with embezzlement in an ill-fated $50 million coin investment that he managed for the state workers' compensation fund.
The investment scandal has been a major embarrassment for Ohio's ruling Republicans and given Democrats a better shot at winning state offices this year, including the governor's office, which has been under GOP control since 1991.
Investigators do not know whether Noe used money from the state coin fund for campaign contributions.
Uh, you might want to look into that when you get a sec. That is, unless (a) you don't want to know the answer or (b) you already know the answer.