A March car crash involving Republican State Treasurer Josh Mandel reveals that he violated federal campaign law.
Mandel has been the passenger in two auto accidents since taking office in 2011.
One accident took place this year near Toledo as he was riding in a vehicle paid for by his failed U.S. Senate campaign. The vehicle, a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee, was owned by Citizens for Josh Mandel. Under federal law, Mandel could not use equipment purchased by his Senate campaign for personal use or for his role as treasurer without payment within 60 days. According to records Mandel filed with the secretary of state, he did not pay to “rent” the Jeep for more than four months after the crash.
Earlier this month, The Dispatch reported that Mandel had taken scores of trips in his role as treasurer and charged the expenses to his treasurer’s campaign or paid for them with his own money.
His treasurer’s campaign purchased a new vehicle in April for $15,000, months after he began touring the state. His travels up to that point may have been in the Jeep paid for by his Senate campaign.
Via The Dispatch.