Josh Mandel

Chalk One Up for Local Journalism
October 06, 2013

Last year, following up on an intriguing 2011 piece in the Toledo Blade, I stumbled upon an FBI investigation into more than $200,000 in questionable contributions made by employees of a North Canton, Ohio direct marketing firm called Suarez Corporat

A Rare Campaign Finance Indictment
September 26, 2013

Something pretty remarkable happened Thursday morning in Ohio: Two businessmen were charged with serious violations of federal campaign finance law.

The Election 2012 Trail Mix Awards
November 09, 2012

It's time to recap the most memorable moments of the 2012 campaign.

FreedomWorks Loses the Senate
November 07, 2012

FreedomWorks shot for the Senate this year, and fell far short.

Josh Mandel Wants to be a Senator. If Only He Could Get His In-laws to Donate.
September 14, 2012

A member of one of America's richest dynasties is running for Senate. And the family is funding his opponent.

How To Talk To Reglar Folks In Real Amurka: Listening to Josh Mandel’s Fake Southern-Appalachian Accent
August 17, 2012

Politicians often get Southern when the occasion demands it. Cleveland boy Josh Mandel joined this noble tradition at a coal mine this week.

Ohio GOP Candidates Return Sketchy Lucre
July 23, 2012

Back in May, while reporting a cover story on the 2012 political landscape in Ohio, I decided to follow up on a article done last year by Toledo Blade reporter Tony Cook, noting the large number of donations from employees of a North Canton direct marketing company called Suarez Industries to Republican Senate candidate Josh Mandel, who is challenging Sherrod Brown, and to Congressman Jim Renacci, who is running against Democratic Rep. Betty Sutton in a redistricted seat in northeast Ohio.

Who Will Tell The People?
May 22, 2012

It’s been heartening to see a broad response to the disclosure, deep within the magazine’s new cover story on the Ohio political landscape, that the FBI is investigating questionable donations by employees of a direct-marketing company in Canton, Ohio to the campaigns of Republicans Josh Mandel, the state treasurer challenging Sen. Sherrod Brown, and Rep. Jim Renacci, who is running against Rep. Betty Sutton in a newly configured House district.

The Battleground
May 18, 2012

Lodge 141 of the Fraternal Order of Police is housed, along with 446 jail cells, inside the Mahoning County Justice Center, a forbidding brick and steel hulk at the edge of the frayed downtown of Youngstown, Ohio. It’s a humble office, but its proprietors have embellished it with a number of rather pointed political decorations.