'Green energy' ballot initiative leader John Clark sentenced for election falsification
A Columbus man who led a controversial $87 million "green energy" ballot initiative was sentenced to 120 days in jail on Tuesday for one count of election falsification.
50-year old John Clark was also sentenced to 250 hours of community service and will pay a $2,500 fine.
The ballot initiative, which failed last year, would have moved $87 million of the city budget to Clark's group, ProEnergy LLC. It was criticized for a lack of transparency by city officials and the Columbus Urban League.
Potential changes to the city council's charter could prohibit citizen-led ballot initiatives like Clark's from happening again. It would prohibit initiatives that would create monopolies, oligopolies or cartels, and prevent the city from being a stakeholder, raising money, or loaning credit to for-profit businesses.