Cincinnati Green Party candidate caught up in a scandal

Cincinnati, Ohio blogger and Green Party candidate for Board of Education Jason Haap unleashed a scandal when he criticized the Save-A-Life Foundation on his blog.  He said that they were teaching schoolchildren to use the Heimlech maneuver on drowning victims, which is not the proper proceducre.  The Save-A-Life Foundation subsequently lost 11 “relationships” with other organizations and sued Haap and two other critics (one is a doctor and one is the son of the inventor of the Heimlech maneuver).

On September 17th, the organization folded.  After 16 years, the Save-A-Life Foundation is no more, and Haap continues to run the Cincinnati Becaon website and run for the Board of Education.

12 thoughts on “Cincinnati Green Party candidate caught up in a scandal

  1. Kimberly Wilder

    I think the headline on this was a little confusing.

    I read the story carefully, and looked into things myself a bit, on the web.

    It sounds like the charity had several problems with accountability, and was receiving a lot of public funds. The Green Party person was one of several people who put the spotlight on it.

    And, even so, I think the charity folded recently, but the green was involved awhile ago. It is just the charity wanting to cast blame on that previous situation.

    If I understand correctly.

    Overall, I would say that it is a story about a green party member who did something good.

  2. Ross Levin Post author

    I just read one article about it, honestly. If you want to delete this then repost it or email me some links about it, feel free.

  3. Ross Levin Post author

    I think what I posted is accurate after rereading it. I wrote the headline so it wasn’t clear if the Green was in the scandal or revealed it – and the first sentence shows that he revealed it. I didn’t go into detail about what happened because I don’t know much about it. But, yeah, I agree that it’s a positive story overall and it looks like Haap is a pretty credible candidate.

  4. Dave Schwab

    It’s just confusing because usually when you read a headline like that, it relates to charges of corruption.

  5. Fungus Amongus

    Former US Sen. Norm Coleman, $40 million, and the Save-A-Life Foundation:

    “Coleman Connection to Shady Non-Profit Highlighted; Coleman Campaign Defensive,” Minnesota Democratic-Farmer Labor Party press release, 9/26/08

  6. Lou Novak

    Whatever drives traffic, eh Ross?

    How about:

    “Libertarians want more to die due to lack of health insurance.”

    Of course, that’s a gross misrepresentation of the Libertarian position, but it might attract some visits, don’t you think?

  7. Reasonable Question


    Per your 3:43 comment above, this 10/16/09 Cincinnati CityBeat article by Kevin Osborne is clearly the “one article” you read and was the basis for your item:

    Nevertheless, you didn’t reference or link to the CityBeat article. Why not?

  8. Ross Levin Post author

    I guess it just slipped my mind. I’m sorry about that.

    Let me remind you that I’m not a trained or payed journalist. I’m doing the best I can in the limited amount of time that I can, and this is a labor of love.

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