Ohio PAC's founder has past tie to Sherrod Brown

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Operators of a Super PAC that's spent more than $300,000 against Republican Senate candidate Josh Mandel (man-DEHL') have past ties to Mandel's opponent in the hotly contested race.

Such ties break no election rules. However, Democratic incumbent Sherrod Brown has roundly criticized a similar relationship between another outside group and Mandel's one-time staffer.

The Columbus attorney who founded Ohio Families United in May was Ohio's deputy elections director under Brown in the 1980s. Its treasurer drove for Brown's wife during his 2006 campaign.

Documents reviewed by The Associated Press show attorney Don McTigue's firm has worked intermittently for Brown's campaign throughout 2012.

The campaign says Mandel operative Joel Riter's (REYE'-tuhr's) business tie to The Government Integrity Fund was different because Riter was part of Mandel's then-inner circle.

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