Marathon Ties Among Potential JobsOhio Conflicts

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The Ohio Ethics Commission has found that a deal struck with Marathon Petroleum Corp. last year posed a potential conflict of interest for two directors of the state's privatized job-creation board, JobsOhio.

The privatized economic-development entity spearheaded by Gov. John Kasich says Marathon CEO Gary Heminger and Steven Davis, who served simultaneously on JobsOhio's and Marathon's boards when the deal was struck, successfully averted actual conflict by stepping aside from decision-making.

A liberal policy group critical of JobsOhio says a lack of transparency prevents knowing how directors behaved in recommending hefty tax incentives to Marathon, a Findlay-based energy company.

The directors were among dozens of confidential financial-disclosure filers sent ethics warning letters Wednesday. A total of four JobsOhio directors and 20 employees got letters following a routine annual review