Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger

House speaker owes back rent on luxury Columbus condo

“There are some areas where I’m getting her paid back, just for last year,” Rosenberger told this newspaper on Tuesday. The speaker declined to say how much he owes to Northbank 503, LLC, the legal entity that owns the unit. Annual financial disclosure statements filed Monday with the Joint Legislative Ethics Committee do not require dollar amounts attached to debts owed.

Rosenberger rents luxury condo owned by rich donor

He acknowledged that he still occasionally stays at the 2,237-square-foot condo overlooking the Scioto River. Exactly how much he pays each night is not disclosed.

Last year, he made $99,437 in state pay. On his disclosure, he noted that his only other source of income is less than $1,000 a year in interest on a savings account.

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Ragan, an heiress, is well known to Republican lawmakers as a top political donor to their campaigns: $154,467 in 2011, $195,044 in 2012, $160,766 in 2013, $473,525 in 2014, $165,740 in 2015, and $383,794 in 2016.

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Thousands of elected officeholders and public officials file annual financial disclosure statements are filed with the Joint Legislative Ethics Committee and the Ohio Ethics Commission on May 15. The statements detail family relationships, business ownership, fiduciary duties to outside entities, travel, gifts and meals received, real estate owned, creditors and debtors.

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Statements filed by lawmakers and key staff members are available online here. Statements filed by other public officials with the Ohio Ethics Commission can be requested by phone at 614-466-7090.

Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger has been staying in a luxury condo owned by GOP donor Ginni Ragan since 2014, paying a nightly rate that he says is fair market rent.
Photo: Columbus bureau

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Here is a look at the 2016 statements filed Monday by the other two of the “Big Three” political leaders in state government: Gov. John Kasich and Senate President Larry Obhof, R-Medina.

Kasich: his income sources include his state salary, a tax refund, interest on savings and investments, a congressional pension, and earnings from writing a book; two credit cards had a balance of $1,000 or more; the governor is a trustee for the JRK Trust; he received 40 gifts from sources such as the Ohio Republican Party, Michael Bloomberg and Sir Evelyn de Rothschild; and he had 68 investments worth $1,000 or more.

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Obhof: his income sources include his state salary, work as an attorney at Squire Patton Boggs, and a tax refund; he owed money to 10 entities, including banks, credit cards, auto loan and state Rep. Keith Faber, from whom he rents a room in a Columbus condo; he received gifts from five sources, including the Ohio Convention Committee and the Cleveland 2016 Host Committee Inc. Obhof listed his public pension account as his only investment worth more than $1,000.

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