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CEO Pleads Guilty to Bribing Democrats

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The CEO of a company that makes red-light cameras has admitted to issuing bribes to city officials in order to keep the cameras running in Columbus and Cincinnati, Ohio.

Karen Finley, of Arizona, admitted in court that Redflex made campaign contributions to elected officials between 2005 and 2013. Democratic Party members took the bribes and the campaign of Andrew Ginther solicited for a bribe in 2011 to keep the cameras running, according to Dispatch.

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A release from the US District Attorney's office states, "According to admissions made in connection with her plea, Finley and others, including another executive of the company, agreed to provide the conduit campaign contributions with the understanding that the elected public officials would assist the company in obtaining or retaining municipal contracts, including a photo red light enforcement contract with the City of Columbus. "

Finley faces a charge of conspiracy to commit federal programs bribery.

Ginther on Friday released a statement claiming his innocence.

"I had absolutely no knowledge of these activities and did not take part in them," Ginther said. "While I am not a subject of this inquiry, I have been asked to provide records that may help the investigation into Redflex. I’ve fully cooperated and will continue to assist in bringing these people to justice. In light of these charges, I have asked City Attorney Rick Pfeiffer to conduct an investigation into any current contracts between the city and Redflex.”

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