- Another black mark for Ohio's Learn and Earn, as chairman Charlie Ruma admitted that their campaign ads, which claimed that the slots would raise "almost a billion dollars a year" for college education, was misleading. "If I can, I'll stop it today," Ruma said Tuesday. [AP]
The group originally claimed that the figure would be $700 million, but a subsequent study put the number at $853 million. That led to the exaggerated claim in the ads, because after all, what's $147 million between friends?
Patrick Bero, president of Strategic Partner, said Learn and Earn's claims of "almost a billion dollars" for college education "is a lot of rounding [off] for me."
"If it was my commercial, I'd say $853 million and let the people take it for what they will," Bero said. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]