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Joe the Plumber case still dripping

Joe the Plumber case still dripping
Joe the Plumber case still dripping

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By Dennis J. Willard
Beacon Journal staff writer
The Akron Beacon Journal
Nov 14, 2008

The election is over, but the Joe the Plumber case is not.

Ohio Inspector General Tom Charles said his office is now looking at a 
half-dozen agencies that accessed state records on Samuel Joseph 

The Beacon Journal has learned that, in addition to the Department of 
Job and Family Services, two other state offices =E2=80=94 the Ohio Department 
of Taxation and Ohio Attorney General Nancy Rogers =E2=80=94 conducted database 
searches of Joe the Plumber.

Wurzelbacher became an instant celebrity after he asked Barack Obama a 
series of questions in his Toledo driveway about the Democrat's tax 

In the third debate between Obama and Republican John McCain on Oct. 15, 
the candidates referred to Joe the Plumber more than 20 times.

The next day, the taxation department conducted two separate searches of 
a database of liens for unpaid taxes that were certified to the Ohio 
Attorney General's Office for collection.

John Kohlstrand, a taxation department spokesman, said he is prohibited 
from talking about individual taxpayers, but he confirmed that the 
databases were checked.


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