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Ohio Ethics Leader: Gov Made Clean Corporate Break

Ohio's leading ethics regulator says Gov. John Kasich made a clean break from a corporation whose subsidiaries received $619,000 in tax breaks.

Ohio Ethics Commission Chairman Merom Brachman said Thursday the panel's only role in policing the relationship between Kasich and Worthington Industries is to assure his payments from the company were accurately reported.

Brachman says Ohio law made clear that the commission has nothing else to do with JobsOhio, the privatized job-creation whose board Kasich appoints.

His remarks followed an Associated Press report detailing Kasich's longstanding financial and political ties to the firm, including board salary and deferred compensation payouts into 2011.

Kasich's top lawyer wrote to the commission with new details of the payments, Brachman said everything appeared in order.