The Ohio Democratic Party filed a complaint Monday with the Federal Election Commission against state Treasurer Josh Mandel (R), who will likely run against Sen. Sherrod Brown (D) in 2012.
The complaint alleges that Mandel used state resources for political purposes, including the use of “identical materials and language” on Mandel’s government and campaign websites. Democrats also allege Mandel transferred his state campaign website and email list to his federal campaign “at no apparent cost.”
Republicans struck back at state Democrats, saying the complaint is proof the party knows Brown is in for a tough re-election race.
“It sounds like Ohio Democrats are far more worried about this Senate race than they’ve let on,” National Republican Senatorial Committee spokesman Brian Walsh said.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.