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Published: Wednesday, 5/10/2006

Senate affirms Taft's choices for OSU panel


COLUMBUS - The Ohio Senate yesterday unanimously and without debate confirmed three appointments by Gov. Bob Taft to the Ohio State University board of trustees.

Two of the appointees, Limited Brands CEO Les Wexner and former BF Goodrich CEO John Ong, had contributed a combined $1.3 million to Ohio GOP candidates and causes, according to a December analysis by The Blade.

The third appointee is George Cloyd of Cincinnati.

Also approved were 12 appointees to such posts as the Clark State Community College board of trustees and the Ohio Historic Sites Preservation Advisory Board.

The Blade reported that trustees appointed by the governor's office to sit on the boards of Ohio's public colleges have contributed nearly $3 million to the state's political candidates, including more than $500,000 to Mr. Taft's campaigns.

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