The Cleveland Plain Dealer investigated "the 'pay to play' practices of Ohio Treasurer Joe Deters and state attorney general Betty Montgomery. (The newspaper) tied two-thirds of the $4 million Deters has raised since 1998 to people who get work from his office. (The Plain Dealer) found that the treasurer was paying some brokers who gave him campaign contributions higher fees than they had requested. And their performance, overall, lagged behind the brokers used by other states. Deters also was using the powerful Hamilton County GOP, which he co-chaired, to launder campaign contributions. Private lawyers working from Attorney General Montgomery also felt it was necessary to give to her campaign to get work."