Ohio treasurer Josh Mandel returns money under investigation

CANTON, Ohio - Ohio treasurer and U.S. Senate candidate Josh Mandel has returned $105,000 in campaign donations that are under federal investigation.

Mandel's campaign sent a letter this week to the Suarez Corporation Industries near Canton saying the money was returned to 21 employees of the direct-marketing firm. The letter says the money was returned out of an abundance of caution and called it an appropriate move until the investigation is complete.

FBI investigators have questioned Suarez Corp. employees about combined donations totaling $100,000 each to Mandel and freshman U.S. Rep. James Renacci.

Suarez Corp. president Benjamin Suarez tells The Canton Repository the firm gave investigators financial records and W-2 statements that would prove the employees could afford to make the political contributions.

He says the investigation has disrupted company operations.

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