Pat Tiberi: Private Policy Roundtables and Fundraisers with Billionaires

Tomorrow, my congressman, Pat Tiberi, will join Speaker Paul Ryan and fellow central Ohio representative Steve Stivers here in my very own town of New Albany, Ohio. They will be holding a roundtable discussion on tax reform. Then Tiberi will meet with one of his constituents. 

Unfortunately, you’re not allowed to go to the roundtable. It’s by invitation only, at a private business, owned by a couple who have made thousands upon thousands of dollars in donations to Tiberi over the years. The company owes the state of Ohio $3.5 million in taxes, by the way, so you know their questions challenging Tiberi’s and Ryan’s questionable views about tax reform will be hard hitting, balanced and incisive. 

The constituent Tiberi will be meeting with afterward is Les Wexner, the billionaire founder of L Brands. He’s Ohio’s richest man. The purpose is for a fundraiser for Republican congressional candidates. It’ll be held at Wexner’s 100 acre estate which is literally surrounded by fences on which there are signs notifying passers-by that the property is patrolled by dogs. I am not kidding about that. 

In other news, Pat Tiberi is still not planning on holding a town hall or otherwise answering to the thousands of constituents he just voted to deprive of health care

Craig Calcaterra

Craig is the author of the daily baseball (and other things) newsletter, Cup of Coffee. He writes about other things at He lives in New Albany, Ohio with his wife, two kids, and many cats.