A Timeline Of Congressman Jim Renacci and Ben Suarez’s Long Relationship: August 19, 2011
August 19, 2018
In the weeks since the Associated Press first reported on convicted felon Ben Suarez’s new “retribution campaign” boosting Congressman Jim Renacci’s Senate bid, a number of previously unreported details about Renacci and Suarez’s relationship have come to light. Last week, we launched a timeline of key dates in this shady saga – from the $100,000 in illegal campaign contributions that Renacci received, to the federal investigation into those contributions, to the conviction that landed Suarez in prison.
Today, we are traveling seven years and one day back to August 19, 2011, the day the Toledo Blade first reported on Suarez’s shady donations to Congressman Jim Renacci. Court documents from Suarez’s trial later revealed that Renacci and Suarez exchanged more than 40 phone calls between November 2010 and May 2012, including the calls “in the week before the tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions began to arrive” that were the subject of the Blade’s reporting.
Toledo Blade: Canton firm’s workers making unusual donations
Tony Cook – August 19, 2011
- But in the current election cycle, a large number of his employees and their wives – many of whom have never before given to federal campaigns – have contributed to two specific congressional candidates: Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, a Republican running for U.S. Senate, and U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci (R., Wadsworth), who represents Ohio’s 16th District.
- All together, 17 employees from Canton-based Suarez Corporation have contributed to one or both candidates, according to federal campaign filings. Sixteen of those employees (and six of their spouses) have given $5,000, the maximum amount allowed under federal election law. For some of the employees and their spouses, that adds up to $20,000. In all, Mr. Suarez, his employees, and their spouses gave $100,000 to Mr. Mandel’s campaign and $100,250 to Mr. Renacci’s campaign.
- Mr. Suarez and his wife also gave $30,000 to a political action committee, or PAC, associated with Mr. Mandel, and $10,000 to a PAC associated with Mr. Renacci, bringing the company’s total contribution to the two northeastern Ohio candidates to more than $240,000.
Read the full story here.
- Associated Press: Convicted Republican businessman’s company targets Democrats
- Cleveland.com: Convicted businessman Ben Suarez confirms retribution campaign targeting Democrats
- Dayton Daily News: Canton businessman and ex-convict seeks to help Renacci in Senate race
- Cleveland.com: For Senate hopeful Jim Renacci, Ben Suarez is baggage that will not go away, nor should it: Brent Larkin
- Toledo Blade: Renacci says connection to felon Ben Suarez is ‘old news’