CHICAGO — The U.S. Department of Transportation revoked a $1.5 million grant to Ohio after a group of Democratic congressmen from the state said Gov. John Kasich was wrongly using the money to hire a firm to advise the state on privatizing the Ohio Turnpike.

Federal transportation officials announced last Friday that they would withdraw the grant money, which was issued through the State Planning and Research Program. The move came after they received a letter complaining about the use of the federal funds from the state’s Democratic delegation on Oct. 4.

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