COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican Josh Mandel (man-DEHL') has kept two traffic accidents quiet since becoming Ohio treasurer in 2011, including one involving a potential federal campaign finance law violation.
Law enforcement reports obtained by The Associated Press show a March crash near Toledo and one in April 2011 in downtown Columbus.
During the late-night March crash, Mandel rode in a vehicle owned by his 2012 U.S. Senate campaign, months after he'd lost his high-profile bid against Democrat Sherrod Brown.
Under federal campaign finance law, Senate campaign property can't be used for personal use or to campaign for a different office, such as treasurer.
Mandel's treasurer campaign says it rented the vehicle from the federal campaign. The rental check came after Mandel had used the vehicle for months and after it was totaled.