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Noe Pleads Guilty

Former GOP fundraiser Tom Noe has pleaded guilty to federal charges that he illegally funneled donations to President Bush's re-election campaign.

Tom Noe, from Toledo, says he decided to plead guilty to --quote -- "spare my family and many dear friends" the ordeal of a trial. Prosecutors say Noe gave $45,000 to 24 friends and associates, who then made campaign contributions in their own names. He had pleaded not guilty to the charges in October. Noe also faces state charges of stealing from a $50-million coin investment that he managed for the state workers' compensation fund.

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Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.