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Ohio Gov. Kasich fights subpoena in criminal contributions case
Republican governor says he has no knowledge that could help in the trial of Ben Suarez

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Ben Suarez, with his wife Nancy.
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Gov. John Kasich is fighting a subpoena that would require him to testify at the federal trial of a North Canton businessman accused of funneling $200,000 in campaign contributions through employees. 

The money went to Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel and Congressman Jim Renacci. 

Kasich also got contributions from the telemarketing millionaire, Ben Suarez, though they're not the subject of the trial. And he told reporters this morning that he has nothing to do with the case and doesn’t know what the subpoena is about.

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“I may have had a meeting with him or something long ago. But I’m not involved in this in any way. … I just don’t know. Read whatever it is that everybody filed and that’s sort of the end of it because there’s nothing here because I’m not involved in it in any way.”

Suarez was soliciting the Ohio public officials to help him fight a California case that accused him of deceptive advertising.  

In fighting the federal subpoena, the Ohio Attorney General’s office maintains that Kasich could only be forced to testify under “extraordinary circumstances.”

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