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Mandel Frequently Mixed Politics, Work Trips

It’s difficult to separate his campaign activity from spending for official travel.

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Kimberly Railey
June 19, 2017, 8:34 a.m.

State Treas­urer Josh Man­del (R) “sub­mit­ted a fin­an­cial dis­clos­ure state­ment that re­veals that every work trip he took last year was at least in some part re­lated to polit­ics, in­clud­ing his cam­paign bid for U.S. Sen­ate.”

“The fil­ing re­viewed by The As­so­ci­ated Press in­cludes 23 pages of item­ized travel for 2016 total­ing more than $75,000, all covered by Man­del’s vari­ous fed­er­al cam­paign com­mit­tees. … The fil­ing it­self is so vo­lu­min­ous and con­vo­luted that it’s vir­tu­ally im­possible to sep­ar­ate his cam­paign activ­ity from whatever por­tion of the spend­ing went to of­fi­cial travel. … Man­del char­ac­ter­ized it as an act of ‘over-dis­clos­ure,’ a hy­per-trans­par­ency that goes bey­ond what’s leg­ally re­quired. But by sub­mit­ting noth­ing but fed­er­al cam­paign re­ports as evid­ence of his travels as state treas­urer, Man­del ef­fect­ively ac­know­ledged that he in­ter­wove polit­ics in­to every trip he took last year.” (AP)

TAKE TWO. A su­per PAC sup­port­ive of in­vest­ment banker Mi­chael Gib­bons (R) took down stock foot­age from its web­site of a Thai­l­and con­struc­tion site. “After clev­e­land.com con­tac­ted Buck­eye Battle, which un­der fed­er­al law is barred from co­ordin­at­ing with Gib­bons’ sen­ate cam­paign, web­site mod­er­at­ors, ex­plain­ing they did not real­ize the shoot­ing loc­ale was over­seas, re­placed the video with an­oth­er de­pict­ing a gen­er­ic in­dus­tri­al site.” (Clev­e­land.com)

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