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  Blackwell reports shares in Diebold
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MediaNewspaper - Columbus Dispatch
News DateTuesday, April 4, 2006 08:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionOhio Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell revealed yesterday that he owned stock in Diebold, a voting-machine manufacturer, at the same time his office negotiated a deal that critics have said was an attempt to steer business to the company.

But Blackwell said his investments were handled by a financial manager without his advice or review, and after he discovered during the past weekend that he owned stock in Diebold Inc., he sold his shares yesterday at a loss.

Controversy has swirled around Ohio-based Diebold and its voting machines since its former chairman pledged to deliver victory for President Bush in Ohio in 2004 and Blackwell’s office changed directions last year about which voting devices could be used. Blackwell also was Bush’s Ohio co-chairman.

Blackwell, the leading Republican candidate for governor this year, considers the issue settled. But Democrats and Attorney General Jim Petro, Blackwell’s rival for the GOP nomination, are calling for an investigation.

"Considering Ken Blackwell’s history with Diebold, I think this warrants further investigation to remove any hint of impropriety," said Bob Paduchik, Petro’s campaign manager.
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