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Josh Mandel returns Suarez donations
Congressmen Jim Renacci waiting for FBI conclusion
by WKSU's MARK URYCKI
This story is part of a special series.


Senior Reporter
Mark Urycki
 
In The Region:

Canton-area congressman Jim Renacci is in no hurry to give back campaign donations from the Suarez Corporation.   Senatorial candidate Josh Mandel did return the 105 thousand dollars he received after hearing that the FBI was investigating how some of the 17 employees at Suarez could have come up with that money.

Renacci received about the same amount.  The bundled amount is the largest contribution to his campaign.  

   Renacci campaign manager Bill Novotny rejected a call from Democratic opponent Betty Sutton to return the money, which she called “tainted.”

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That donor was Congressman Charles Rangel of New York.  He was censured two years ago by the House for violating ethics rules.

Company owner Benjamin Suarez told The Canton Repository "This FBI thing has totally disrupted our company,” said Suarez. “This communist (President Barack) Obama says he’s all about jobs. Well, he’s killing jobs.”
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