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Pro-Trump Group Shares Staffer With Renacci, Lacks in Public Disclosure

The four Democrats will appear at a forum on Saturday.

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Citizens for Trump, which has endorsed Rep. Jim Renacci (R), “shared a staffer with the congressman: Vanessa Treft, a field director for Renacci who also is listed as the Ohio and Michigan director for Citizens for Trump. Citizens for Trump’s website lists 19 volunteer team members. [Citizens for Trump executive director Tim] Selaty acknowledged collaboration with Renacci’s campaign in several areas.” A Renacci spokesman “wrote that Treft works full-time for the campaign, ‘but is no longer a paid employee’ of Citizens for Trump.”

“Neither Citizens for Trump nor Patriotic Strategies, the Texas-based company that claims to accept donations for ‘Citizens for Trump America First Movement’ on the group’s behalf, is registered with the Federal Election Commission. There have been no public filings on how much has been collected or how it has been spent.”

“The group’s big move so far in Ohio is a website — dishonestjonny.com — that attacks Secretary of State Jon Husted (R). … But information about that website’s origin began to disappear once BuzzFeed News began asking questions. The site, for example, no longer includes its original ‘Paid for by Citizens for Trump’ disclaimer at the bottom of its pages. … James Brown of Patriotic Strategies registered the dishonestjonny.com domain on Sept. 5. … [T]he phone number listed with the registration for dishonestjonny.com — the site registered by Brown of Patriotic Strategies — is the same number Selaty used when applying for a rally permit in Cleveland last year. … The address listed for Brown on Patriotic Strategies’ incorporation papers in Texas also matches the address on Selaty’s 2016 permit application. … By Friday, the dishonestjonny.com domain’s registration information had been made private. … Meanwhile, records show the Renacci campaign registered a similar domain — dishonestjon.com — on Sept. 5, the same day Patriotic Strategies registered its anti-Husted site.” (BuzzFeed)

WEEKEND PLANS. Former state Rep. Connie Pillich (D), Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley (D), State Sen. Joe Schiavoni (D), and former Rep. Betty Sutton (D) “are expected to show up when Democrats hold a candidate forum Saturday at Sandusky High School.” (Sandusky Register)

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