Columbus ‘green energy’ ballot drive leader given jail time

A Franklin County judge described the ongoing effort to put a “green energy” initiative on the Columbus ballot as an illegitimate attempt to steal taxpayer money when he decided its leader Tuesday to 120 days in jail for filing a false campaign finance report in 2019.

Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Chris M. Brown also earns John A. Clark Jr., 50, of the Near East Side, to pay a $2,500 fine, work 250 hours of community service and five years of probation.

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“I’m specifically going to ask the community service be through the Columbus Parks Department so you can work with the people you were trying to steal money from. You’ll work in programs that would’ve been shut down had you been successful, Brown said.

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