Ohio political consultants spar over casino deal

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Two Ohio political consultants are fighting in court over proceeds of a lucrative joint business venture involving Ohio's 2009 statewide ballot issue legalizing casinos.

The Dayton Daily News reported Friday that Ian James, who runs a petition-gathering firm, is suing Rex Elsass, who runs a Republican ad placement and consulting firm, over hundreds of thousands of dollars tied to the business deal.

The pair delayed immediate cash for a chance to be paid more if the issue passed, which it did.

James accuses Elsass in the suit of money laundering, theft, telecommunications fraud and improperly taking over the joint venture and filing amended tax returns.

Elsass' attorney, Jeffrey Lipps, called the claim baseless and "ridiculous." He said Elsass is considering countersuing.

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Information from: Dayton Daily News, http://www.daytondailynews.com

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