Former official testifies in campaign trial

CLEVELAND (AP) — The former chief financial officer for a northeast Ohio telemarketing company is expected to testify for a second day against his former boss in a federal trial about illegal campaign contributions.

Michael Giorgio ('JOR-jee-o) is testifying Wednesday in Cleveland about helping Ben Suarez of Suarez Corporation Industries in North Canton collect donations from employees and Suarez family members for the 2012 campaigns of U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci and the failed U.S. Senate bid of Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel.

Those who donated were quickly reimbursed by the company, a violation of federal campaign laws.

Giorgio was originally indicted along with Suarez. Giorgio pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations and other charges last month and agreed to testify against Suarez in return for a reduced prison sentence.

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