Purported Emails Show Bennett Used IDOE Staffers For Campaign Use

By Eric Dutkiewicz - 21Alive

Tony Bennett

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Former State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett, Ed.D.

September 11, 2013 Updated Sep 12, 2013 at 10:53 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) - Former education head Tony Bennett, Ed.D., finds himself in more hot water.

New documents obtained by The Associated Press show Bennett not only kept lists of Republican fundraisers on Indiana Department of Education computer servers, additionally, he directed IDOE staff to do work for his campaign, including evaluations of Democratic opponent Glenda Ritz's speeches.

State law prohibits "ghost employment," or government employees from performing duties of an elected official that does not serve the government organization (IC 35-44.1-1-3).

Ritz defeated Bennett in the November 2012 general election.

Bennett was appointed Florida Commissioner of Education, but would resign amid an investigation that ultimately included Bennett changed the the A-F assessment grade on an Indianapolis charter school owned by one of his donor.

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