Fact-checking ads in the race for Ohio attorney general


    <p>Democrat Steve Dettelbach and Republican Dave Yost have been attacking each other's experience in several new ads airing ahead of the November midterm. (WSYX/WTTE){/p}

    Democrat Steve Dettelbach and Republican Dave Yost have been attacking each other's experience in several new ads airing ahead of the November midterm.

    An ad from Dettelbach's campaign criticized Yost's handling of the failed online charter school ECOT while he has served as Ohio auditor.

    "ECOT stole millions of dollars from taxpayers," the narrator said in the ad. "Auditor Dave Yost was supposed to be watching them."

    The ad shows a graphic showing $200 million. That's an inflated number from a left-leaning think tank. The State of Ohio has taken ECOT to court to recoup about $80 million, not $200 million.

    "Yost took $29,000 from ECOT executives," the narrator said.

    He did take that much money in campaign contributions but the ad neglects to mention he donated that money to charity after the ECOT scandal.

    Yost has been criticized for not scrutinizing ECOT more as auditor and for giving it awards for its record keeping but there's no evidence he ordered an investigation to be shut down because of his ties to ECOT executives as the ad alleged.

    Yost's campaign has been airing an ad featuring a mom who lost a daughter to a heroin overdose.

    "Drug companies hid the about pain killers," said Tonda DaRe, an Ohio mom in the ad. "Steve Dettelbach's firm is actually representing the drug companies that have killed our kids."

    The State of Ohio has sued several drug manufacturers for their role in the opioid epidemic. Dettelbach is a partner at the large law firm Baker Hostetler. That firm has defended Endo Pharmaceuticals but Dettelbach has not been involved. His campaign said his firm walled him off from that case. He has actually taken a pay cut to not defend that company.

    Dettelbach's campaign said he's refused to take any campaign money from pharmaceutical companies. Financial disclosure forms showed several pharmaceutical companies donated to Yost's campaign.

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