Ohio Government Employees Used Government Computers to Dig Up Information on Joe the Plumber

Yesterday evening, Ace published a tip he got which said that Ohio government employees in three state agencies improperly used government computers to dig up information on Joe the Plumber. The computers that were used were from the state attorney general’s office, the Toledo Police Department, and the Cuyahoga County Child Enforcement Agency. Ace said the story would break in the next 2-3 days. Well it hit Drudge last night. Here’s the story from The Columbus Dispatch:

“State and local officials are investigating if state and law-enforcement computer systems were illegally accessed when they were tapped for personal information about “Joe the Plumber.”

Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher became part of the national political lexicon Oct. 15 when Republican presidential candidate John McCain mentioned him frequently during his final debate with Democrat Barack Obama.

The 34-year-old from the Toledo suburb of Holland is held out by McCain as an example of an American who would be harmed by Obama’s tax proposals.

Public records requested by The Dispatch disclose that information on Wurzelbacher’s driver’s license or his sport-utility vehicle was pulled from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles database three times shortly after the debate.

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. Direct access to driver’s license and vehicle registration information from BMV computers is restricted to legitimate law enforcement and government business.

Hmmm. And so many on the Left were foaming at the mouth about law enforcement listening in on suspected terrorists’ overseas phone calls.

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