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Democrat’s Gov Computers Used to Get Information on ‘Joe the Plumber’ – UPDATED

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.Public records reveal driver’s license and SUV information on ‘Joe the Plumber’ was obtained from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles database. One of the accounts accessing the information belonged to the Ohio Attorney General, Democrat Nancy Rogers.

Ohio officials are investigation whether government computer systems were illegally accessed to acquire personal information about “Joe the Plumber,” The Columbus Dispatch reports.


Public records requested by The Dispatch reveal information on Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher’s driver’s license or his sport-utility vehicle was pulled from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles database.

Information on Wurzelbacher was obtained on Oct. 17 through an account used by the Cuyahoga County Child Support Enforcement Agency in Cleveland, The Dispatch reported records as showing.

Access to such information from BMV computers is restricted to legitimate law enforcement and government business.

The Dispatch reported that information on Wurzelbacher was accessed by accounts assigned to the office of Ohio Attorney General Nancy H. Rogers, the Cuyahoga County Child Support Enforcement Agency and the Toledo Police Department.

It has not been determined who checked on Wurzelbacher, or why, The Dispatch reported.

The investigation could become “criminal in nature,” attorney general’s office spokeswoman Jennifer Brindisi told The Dispatch. Records show it was a “test account” assigned to the information technology section of the attorney general’s office, said Department of Public Safety spokesman Thomas Hunter.

The State Highway Patrol, which administers the Law Enforcement Automated Data System in Ohio, asked Toledo police to explain why it pulled BMV information on Wurzelbacher within 48 hours of the debate, Hunter said.

I can’t say I am surprised.  This is exactly the kind of thing the Democrats, and in particular the Obama Campaign are known for….digging up leverage to try to silence opposition.  Just like the threatend criminal complaints in St. Louis against anyone who dared to suggest Obama was Muslim, or had ties to terrorists, which he does.



UPDATE, October 29, 2008:

A records clerk in the Toledo police investigative services bureau will face departmental charges of gross misconduct because a state database was used to access information about the Springfield Township man known worldwide as “Joe the Plumber.”

The clerk, Julie McConnell, will be the subject of a disciplinary hearing, likely to be scheduled next week, Chief Mike Navarre said yesterday.

Ms. McConnell was hired by the police department in April, 1995, and is a member of Local 7, American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, a union that has endorsed and strongly supports, both financially and by supplying volunteers to Barack Obama.

An internal investigation began when Toledo police received a call from the Ohio Highway Patrol, asking why information on Samuel “Joe the Plumber” Wurzelbacher was pulled. The chief said Ms. McConnell looked up the information at the request of a local television reporter to confirm Mr. Wurzelbacher’s address.

The reporter was interviewed as part of the investigation.

Such information, though found on public records, was accessed through the Law Enforcement Automated Data System, often called LEADS.


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  1. […] Marc wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerptPublic records reveal driver’s license and SUV information on ‘Joe the Plumber’ was obtained from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles database. One of the accounts accessing the information belonged to the Ohio Attorney General, … […]

  2. This story illustrates the unprecedented transparency that technology is bringing to society. Just as (allegedly) Plumber Joe’s privacy was breached, access logs in Ohio’s information systems show when his data was accessed and from which particular government offices. That’s powerful stuff. Data logs can probably enable a deeper investigation into precisely who made the access and whether it was legal. If people acted illegally, the digital evidence can lead to their punishment. Such transparency represents a big trend in society –Ben


    Monday, October 27, 2008 at 8:44:46 AM

  3. Ben,

    I have been involved in government for many years. Some public servants are altruistic, many are not. Most treat it like a professional job, and if they have morals, don’t use their position to attack those who they don’t agree with.

    What bothers me most is that “looking for dirt” on a private citizen whose views some people didn’t agree with, was their first resort. That is the state of politics today, for many. Rather than risk not winning an argument, people will look first at destroying those with whom they disagree.

    Where the Obama campaign is, trying to get elected by hiding Obama’s true socialist beliefs, because their polling tells them American’s don’t like the idea of socialism, is what brings us to this state. The idea that somehow, someone knows better than the people, who must be deceived to get into the position to “help” them, is narcissism at its zenith!


    Monday, October 27, 2008 at 10:17:50 AM

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