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Published: Thursday, 11/13/2008

Ohio to release records on embattled director in 'Joe the Plumber' case


COLUMBUS, Ohio The state of Ohio is releasing travel records Thursday on an agency director facing allegations she used government time for political purposes.

Helen Jones-Kelley, director of the Department of Job and Family Services, is on paid administrative leave during the investigation. Ms. Jones-Kelley is a supporter of president-elect Barack Obama.

Ohio s inspector general is investigating whether Ms. Jones-Kelley used a state computer or state e-mail account to assist in political fundraising. The state also is investigating whether she improperly authorized the agency to gather personal information on a man who became known as Joe the Plumber during the presidential campaign.

Ms. Jones-Kelley has said the records check on plumber Samuel J. Wurzelbacher was prompted by his public statements that he had an outstanding tax lien.

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