Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine countered criticism of alleged favoritism in the state's debt collection program by announcing his office had a record year in collecting money owed to the state. The total of $471.8 million collected in 2013 topped 2012, when $466.6 million was collected.

The attorney general hires collection agencies or collection law firms to pursue delinquent student loans, medical bills owed to state hospitals and unpaid taxes. Since DeWine's election, Ohio has tallied its three top collections totals in history.

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