Space responds to release of state auditor’s ECOT Audit

Former U.S. Congressman and Democratic nominee for Ohio Auditor of State Zack Space released the following statement today after Ohio Auditor Dave Yost’s audit of the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) became public. 

Yost also announced that he will donate the $29,395 he accepted from ECOT founder Bill Lager to charities in central Ohio.

“Auditor Yost deserves no credit for his long overdue audit of ECOT, which simply corroborates the allegations of criminal conduct made by a whistleblower over a year ago,” Space said in a news release to The Highland County Press.

“When I am elected auditor of state, my administration will aggressively pursue credible claims of criminal conduct, not delay while making political calculations.

“Yost’s decision to donate the $29,395 in campaign contributions from ECOT sources to charity is a public acknowledgment that ECOT’s cash is tainted and should have no place in November's elections. My Republican opponent, Keith Faber, has taken more campaign money from ECOT than Yost, and has for decades used his influence in the General Assembly to abet the ECOT scam,” Space said.

“It’s simple: Keith Faber cannot in good faith seek election as Ohio’s chief watchdog of taxpayer money while the $36,513.34 he raised from ECOT sources remains in his campaign account. I call on Faber to follow Yost’s lead and donate this money to charitable organizations immediately.”

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