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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A former CEO of a traffic-camera company pleaded guilty Friday to bribing officials in Columbus and Cincinnati to win or keep camera contracts.
Karen L. Finley of Cave Creek, Arizona admitted in federal court that through her former company, Redflex Traffic Systems, she funneled campaign contributions to officials in the two cities between 2005-13, according to a U.S. Justice Department news release.
Records from the U.S. District Court in Columbus show that from 2005-13, Finley made campaign contributions through a political consultant and meant for elected public officials in Columbus and Cincinnati. The contributions intended for Columbus officials were given to the Franklin County Democratic Party and Ohio Democratic Party, according to the plea agreement.
The campaign for Columbus City Council President Andrew Ginther, a Democrat who is now running for mayor, solicited a $20,000 contribution in late 2011, according to the Columbus Dispatch.
In a statement, Ginther said he "had absolutely no knowledge of these activities and did not take part in them."
Redflex gave the $20,000 to a consultant who wasn't named in the court records. The consultant then gave the money to the Ohio Democratic Party on or around Oct. 21, 2011, according to the plea agreement.
Campaign finance records kept by the Ohio secretary of state show a $20,000 contribution from lobbyist John Raphael on that date. Raphael has been identified in the past as a Redflex lobbyist. Raphael could not be reached for comment Friday afternoon.
On Nov. 1, 2011, the state party gave $21,000 to Ginther's city council campaign, records show. Ginther stated that while he was not a subject of the investigation, he complied with a request "to provide records that may help the investigation into Redflex."