Soave report shows oversight is crucial

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Opinion

June 5, 2019 - 10:04 AM

An important story from The Topeka Capital-Journal’s tireless government reporter Tim Carpenter detailed further issues with the tenure of former Commerce secretary Antonio Soave.

Soave, who led the department from 2015 to 2017 and was forced out amid ethics concerns, apparently transferred a “treasure trove of state data on thousands of Kansas companies, business executives and economic development specialists to the secretary’s own private consulting firm.”

These target files, which included information about more than 10,000 firms, were created using state resources. That is, they were created using taxpayer money. They were meant to help benefit the state and its economy. Instead, Soave seems to have used his position to duplicate those files for his own personal business use.

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