"Joe the Plumber" Records

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) A government watchdog says there was no legitimate business purpose for the head of Ohio's Department of Job and Family Services to order staff members to look up the records. But the report says there's no evidence to show it was done "in an effort
to support any political activity or agenda.''

The agency's director, Helen Jones-Kelley, was already on leave,
over separate allegations that a state computer or e-mail account
was used to help in political fundraising for the Obama campaign.

The report looked into 18 background checks into the Toledo-area
man who became known as Joe the Plumber after confronting Barack
Obama over his tax plan.

Jones-Kelley has said the information search was part of routine
checks her agency conducts when someone suddenly emerges in the

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