Report: FBI Probes Two Republicans in Heated Ohio Races
Updated at 1:08 p.m.
Ohio is a critical state this year. Not only is it a perennial battleground for the presidency, but Republicans are hoping that GOP state Treasurer Josh Mandel can swipe a Senate seat from Democratic incumbent Sherrod Brown and that the party can win a marquee House matchup that features two incumbents lumped together by redistricting: Reps. Jim Renacci, a Republican, and Betty Sutton, a Democrat.
But in a lengthy piece about the state of the battleground state, The New Republic reported on a development that could complicate matters for the GOP: an FBI investigation into donations to the two Republicans, Renacci and Mandel. TNR said FBI agents have been questioning employees for the Suarez Corporation, which is run by a big Republican donor, about their contributions. Last year, the Toledo Blade reported that 17 employees for the company had contributed to either Mandel or Renacci (or both), 16 of whom had given the legal maximum of $5,000.
The New Republic's Alec MacGillis set out to speak with some of those employees.
Another donor, Charles Stewart, suggested there had been an investigation, as well. And Renacci's chief of staff, , told TNR that investigators had asked for records from their treasurer.