On November 9th, Tom Patton announced that he is running for the 7th district Ohio House seat due to term limitations that prevent him for running again for the Ohio Senate. Patton will attempt to switch jobs with current State Representative Mike Dovilla in an effort to remain on the state payroll and in the public eye while he considers a run for state-wide office in 2018 or the Strongsville mayor’ s office in 2019.
“Month after month, the Strongsville Republican writes checks to himself — $2,139, $3,291, $6,339, $9,291, etc. While he has filed detailed paper documentation with the secretary of state’s office, his online reports label those payments only as generic “campaign expenses. Patton’s activity is a noticeable example because of the amounts and frequency, but a Dispatch analysis of legislative campaign expenditures since January 2011 found plenty of campaign spending that is either unspecified or falls outside traditional campaign activity, such as purchasing ads, buying supplies, paying staff and hosting fundraisers.”
In the first 6 months of 2015, a non-campaign year, State Senator Tom Patton personally wrote checks to himself from his campaign fund for over $33,500 for various non-traditional “campaign expenses”.
January 2015 $6,335.58
February 2015 $5,174.82
March 2015 $3,135.41
April 2015 $7,285.36
May 2015 $7,764.00
June 2015 $3,824.55
Paid for with his personal credit card and not one connected to his campaign account, Patton spent thousands of dollars on food, snacks, gas, gifts and entertainment supposedly to perform the duties of his office or gain re-election.
No amount was too small including $2.35 at a Columbus Starbucks, or $1.10 at an Einstein’s Brothers or almost daily $4 purchases at a Strongsville Brueggers.
A searchable database with Tom Patton's self-reported campaign expenditures and contributions has been set up so voters can easily see who gives what to Tom Patton and what or who Patton spends the money on.
Patton received at least $42,825 between 2002 and 2013
February 11, 2009
Federal agents working on the Cuyahoga County corruption investigation expanded their focus yet again last week, demanding documents about Parma city schools' dealings with a state senator, a former Lakewood mayor and businesses that made more than $25 million from the cash-strapped district over the past eight years.
FBI agents delivered a subpoena last week to the district, which serves children in Parma, Parma Heights and Seven Hills. While prosecutors have not revealed the focus of the probe, the subpoena makes this much clear: Investigators want to know who made money when J. Kevin Kelley was school board president.
The subpoena seeks documents connected to a web of Kelley's friends, including his cousin, Ohio Sen. Thomas Patton.
In all, the FBI demanded the district turn over all paperwork involving 19 businesses. Some of the companies -- like D-A-S Construction and the consulting firm VinCore -- have been part of the corruption probe since the initial federal raids in July, when 200 agents blanketed county offices.
The subpoena unnerved some Parma school officials.
"I'm concerned about the district because even the hint of wrongdoing shakes the faith of our community," schools Superintendent Sarah Zatik said.
The State of Ohio pays legislators a "mileage reimbursement" amount for travel to and from Columbus based on the distance from the legislator's home district. Based on this, Tom Patton receives about $4,000 a year in additional compensation for car expenses. The IRS and US businesses expect employees to use the mileage reimbursement to pay for gas, repairs, car washes, insurance, registration fees and other costs of operating a car. Additional costs for tolls and parking are usually reimbursable.
- Tom Patton has written checks to himself for nearly $225,000 from his campaign fund for “non-traditional” expenses since 2011?
- Tom Patton wrote checks to himself for $33,500 in the first 6 months of 2015?
- Tom Patton used campaign funds to pay his wife, kids, grandkids and other family tens of thousands of dollars for marching in parades, mailing Christmas cards and other activities?
- Tom Patton routinely uses campaign funds for daily living expenses such as snacks and meals for himself?
- Tom Patton spent $17,000 on personal car repairs?
- Tom Patton spends tens of thousands campaign dollars at Ohio State games and Cavaliers games and for meals at various restaurants?
- Tom Patton spent $19,000 on cell phones in 3½ years?
- Tom Patton spent nearly 2 ½ times the amount spent by the second highest spender on “non-traditional” expenses and nearly as much as the next top 4 spenders combined?
- Tom Patton spent 5.6 times more than the combined total of the three state representatives in the same area on “non-traditional” expenses and 2.7 times more than the combined total of the House Speaker and Senate President?
- Tom Patton was accused by J. Kevin Kelley (Patton’s cousin) of offering him a $10,000 bribe?
- Tom Patton gave over $7,000 to convicted felon Patrick Coyne and his wife while Coyne was a Strongsville councilman?
- Tom Patton has accepted tens of thousands of dollars in donations from individuals connected to the county corruption scandal?
- Tom Patton makes at least $171,000 a year as a State Senator, union president, office equipment “consultant” and ticket sales “consultant” and still has time to act as Senate Floor Majority Leader?
When it comes to campaigning for elected office, Tom Patton’s family matters most.
noun nep·o·tism \ˈne-pə-ˌti-zəm\
"The unfair practice by a powerful person of giving jobs and other favors to relatives"
Patton has funneled thousands of his campaign committee’s funds to his wife, daughters, grandkids and other family members for the mundane tasks of parade marching, Christmas card mailing, event participation and other questionable activities that other campaigns let volunteers do.
Is it a matter of not being able to find the volunteers to help? That’s highly unlikely since Patton is a favorite of the county Republican Party and has supporters throughout Northeastern Ohio. Patton doesn’t publicize the availability of these handsomely paid positions and doesn’t openly seek workers outside his family and a very close circle of family friends. Want to make a quick tax-free $75? Spend an hour marching with your Uncle Tom in a parade one summer evening. Want to make a quick tax-free $700? Help address Christmas cards (and be related to Tom Patton). One has to wonder if the Patton campaign issues the required 1099 forms for “workers” making more than $600 in a year . . .
Everyone loves a parade, but State Senator Patton more than most.
Tom Patton takes the unusual step of paying family and friends to participate in local parades – including his grandkids who were barely able to walk. Since 2002, Patton has doled out over $37,000 to family and friends to accompany him in various parades – a practice that is apparently unique among legislative candidates in the State of Ohio.
In addition, since 2002, Patton has spent more than $9,000 of his campaign funds on parade candy to pass out to the area’s children. That’s a lot of Tootsie Rolls . . .
February 02, 2012
AKRON, Ohio -- Former Parma School Board member J. Kevin Kelley testified Thursday that he accepted a $10,000 bribe from Ohio Sen. Tom Patton in connection with a school district copier contract. Patton, who is Kelley's third cousin, works as a consultant for a Blue Technologies, a copier firm that did more than $489,000 in business with the district from 2001 to 2008, according to school vendor records.
Kelley testified that the company initially had the low bid on the contract, but that he received the bribe after the school board continued to award the contract to the company without new bids.
The revelation came during a cross examination of Kelley, who has been testifying as a prosecution witness in the corruption trial of former Cuyahoga County commissioner Jimmy Dimora and Dimora's onetime driver, Michael Gabor. Contacted by telephone after the testimony, Patton, who has not been charged with a crime, said he was stunned by the allegations. "I flatly deny it," the Strongsville Republican said. "I don't have $10,000 to give anybody. It just didn't happen."
Perks - (noun) An informal word for "perquisites" which are privileges granted to an employee in addition to their salaries and benefits (such as medical and pension plans). A perk is a thing regarded as a special right or privilege enjoyed as a result of one's position. Some individuals feel that perks are an entitlement of a particular office or position.