Dispatch Printing Company Chairman and CEO John Wolfe and his wife Ann donated another $24,000 to Ohio Governor John Kasich’s campaign last week, campaign finance records reveal.
John and Ann Wolfe each donated $12,000 to Kasich Taylor for Ohio last Tuesday, July 29, based on the campaign’s latest report to the secretary of state. The couple have now contributed a total of $59,000 to the Republican governor’s campaigns since 2010.
As the owner of The Columbus Dispatch and Columbus CBS affiliate WBNS-10TV, Dispatch Printing Company is one of the most powerful media companies in the state. As publisher of the Dispatch, John Wolfe is a member of the paper’s editorial board.
Gov. Kasich backed the Obamacare expansion, and so did John Wolfe and his employees at the Dispatch. Media Trackers published an in-depth analysis of Dispatch coverage of the issue last summer.
The Dispatch is currently taking a similar approach to Common Core, with reporters sharply critical of repeal efforts and the editorial board bashing Republicans for failing to stick with Gov. Kasich in support of the national education standards.
Daily 10TV news broadcasts and Sunday morning show Capitol Square regularly malign Kasich’s conservative critics and work to minimize their influence.
In addition to owning newspapers and a TV station that serve Ohio’s capital city, Dispatch Printing Company sets the tone for other media outlets statewide because Dispatch staffers dominate the Ohio Legislative Correspondents Association — whose bylaws they break on a constant basis.
Ohio Business Roundtable and Columbus Partnership, like Wolfe and his media properties, often advocate for bigger government in the name of “pro-business” policies.