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.