|Ohio Auditor of State|
|January 10, 2011 - Present|
|Years in position||3|
|Predecessor||Mary Taylor (R)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Term limits||2 terms|
|Delaware County’s Prosecuting Attorney|
|2003 - 2010|
|Delaware County Auditor|
|1999 - 2003|
|Bachelor's||The Ohio State University|
|J.D.||Capital University Law School (1991)|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Political career
- 3 Elections
- 4 Campaign donors
- 5 Personal
- 6 Recent news
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
- 9 References
Yost began his career as a journalist with the Columbus Citizen-Journal. He went on to serve in senior positions with the administrations of Columbus Mayor Buck Rinehart and Ohio Governor George Voinovich.
After earning his law degree in 1991, Yost became an attorney in private practice. In 1999, he was appointed as Delaware County Auditor and elected to the position in 2000. Yost became Prosecuting Attorney for Delaware County in 2003, serving in the position until 2010.
- B.A. in journalism, The Ohio State University
- J.D., Capital University Law School
Ohio Auditor of State (2011-present)
Yost has served as Ohio Auditor of State since January 2011. He won re-election in November 2014.
In January 2014, it was reported that there were 11 public entities considered under Ohio law to be “unauditable,” which included two community schools and several townships throughout the years between 2010 and 2013. Yost’s chief deputy officer, Bob Hinkle, spearheaded an audit of the two school districts. One school, Greater Heights Academy had four years of unauditable books from 2006 through 2009. Four individuals associated with the school were indicted in November 2013 for wire fraud, mail fraud and conspiracy to launder money for defrauding the school of more than $400,000. Another school, Lion of Judah, had its principal indicted in February 2013 for illegally funneling $1.2 million of public funds to a private business run by the principal, while the school’s former treasurer received a prison term of 2 years for the theft of federal education funds. Hinkle said in January 2014 that both schools were closed. Hinkle also supported reform. "If their office is declared unauditable, hopefully the next time they stand for election, they won’t be re-elected or put back into office," he said in an interview. "And if they’re appointed, my hope would be that the board that governs their activity would put people in place who can do what they need to do."
In 2011, the Ohio State Legislature passed legislation creating JobsOhio, a private non-profit economic development firm tasked with attracting businesses to the state. A major source of funding for the firm is the $100 million in profits that come from the state's liquor operations. Prior to the creation of JobsOhio, those profits went to the state's general fund. The legislation creating the organization allows for a yearly audit by a private auditor, but controversy arose as the $100 million was previously public money.
In March 2013, Yost, arguing he had the authority to audit the money, subpoenaed the company's records. In response, Gov. John Kasich (R) and the legislature rushed through legislation that stated the liquor money is legally private money and does not fall under a public audit. Yost, who said he would not have supported the original legislation, sent lawmakers a letter on March 19, stating, “I urge you to tread cautiously. While there have been no indications of misdealing, the potential for self-dealing or other mischief exists sometime in the future. This office’s audit will help protect against the real possibility of human failings."
The issue of the private/public status of JobsOhio was before the state Supreme Court. Lawyers on both sides of the suit addressed the court on November 6, 2013. A bipartisan group made up of Democratic lawmakers, progressive activists and conservative lawyers sought to have the money publicly audited, arguing that it was unconstitutional for public money to be invested in private companies without public oversight. The state, meanwhile, argued that the plaintiffs do not have standing to sue.
On June 10, 2014, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled in favor of the state in a 5-2 decision. The ruling stated that the activists who brought the lawsuit against JobsOhio did not have standing and lacked a "personal stake" in the case.
Delaware County Auditor (1999-2003)
Yost served as Auditor of Delaware County from 1999 to 2003.
|Ohio Auditor, 2014|
|Republican||Dave Yost Incumbent||57%||1,711,927|
|Democratic||John Patrick Carney||38.3%||1,149,305|
|Election Results via Ohio Secretary of State.|
|Ohio Auditor of State, 2010|
|Libertarian||L. Michael Howard||4.9%||182,534|
|Election Results Via: Ohio Secretary of State|
Comprehensive donor information for Yost is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Yost raised a total of $1,795,820 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 13, 2013.
|Dave Yost's Campaign Contribution History|
|Grand Total Raised||$1,795,820|
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|David A Yost's Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$2,720,305 (Dem)|
|Top 5 contributors||Ohio Republican Party||$409,590|
|Richard J Chernesky||$15,000|
|Ohios Future PAC||$13,896|
|Voinovich for Senate||$11,396|
|William L Lager||$11,395|
Yost and his wife, Darlene, live in Delaware County. They have three children and one grandchild.
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- Official campaign website
- Ohio State Auditor website
- Yost's official biography
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions: 2012, 2010
- Ohio Auditor of State, "Dave Yost," accessed January 29, 2013
- New York Times, "Election 2014 – Ohio," accessed November 4, 2014
- WatchDog.org, "11 Ohio entities now ‘unauditable,’ but face few ramifications for financial messes," January 8, 2014
- The Columbus Dispatch, "Senate follows House in quickly passing bill to block public audit of JobsOhio," May 31, 2013
- Governing, "The Strange Case of JobsOhio and Public Auditing of Private Firms," June 10, 2013
- Chron, High court sets arguments in JobsOhio challenge, August 22, 2013
- The Columbus Dispatch, "Ohio Supreme Court agrees to hear JobsOhio case," January 23, 2013 (timed out)
- Cleveland.com, "Liberal group's challenge to JobsOhio rejected by Ohio Supreme Court," June 10, 2014
- The Republic, "Ohio's auditor endorses Mitt Romney in GOP presidential race ahead of primary election," February 29, 2012
- Follow the Money, " Career fundraising for Dave Yost," accessed May 13, 2013
- Follow the Money.org
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