Ohio State University finance professor Stephen Buser, who served on the STRS board from 2005 to 2007, said it appears Lehman Brothers was pushing toxic investments to the pension system even as Lehman was preparing for bankruptcy.
Nichols said Dwyer was not at the initial meeting with the pension systems and Kasich doesn’t know Dwyer. “After that meeting, John was no longer involved in discussions, and therefore knew nothing about any subsequent efforts by others at the firm to sell Lehman products to the funds,” he said.
Meanwhile, Kasich started running a 30-second campaign commercial in which he downplays his role at Lehman Brothers, where he was paid $570,000 in salary and bonuses for 2008.
Ohio’s public pension systems lost between $220 million and $480 million on Lehman assets, according to calculations by the state treasurer’s office.
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