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Jury selection in the Suarez trial begins with questions about politics
Treasurer Mandel and Congressman Renacci are on the witness list in the federal trial
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


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M.L. Schultze
 
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A federal judge began questioning more than 50 jurors this morning in a trial focused on $200,000 in contributions to the campaigns of a sitting congressman and Ohio’s treasurer.

Ben Suarez is accused of using straw donors – employees of his North Canton company and their spouses – to steer the money to the unsuccessful Senate campaign of Treasurer Josh Mandel and to the congressional campaign of Jim Renacci.

According to the Plain Dealer, Judge Patricial Gaughan asked would-be jurors about any involvement they and their family and friends have had in political campaigns.

Both Mandel and Renacci have been subpoenaed by Suarez’s attorneys.

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