CLEVELAND (AP) — A federal jury in Cleveland plans to continue deliberations in the trial of a businessman charged with making illegal campaign contributions to two prominent Ohio Republican politicians.
Jurors are expected to be back at it Monday after finishing their first day of deliberations last Friday.
Government prosecutors have accused northeast Ohio businessman Ben Suarez of using employees, relatives and others to donate $100,000 each to U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci's (reh-NAY'-seez) 2012 congressional campaign and state Treasurer Josh Mandel's (man-DEHLZ') failed U.S. Senate bid.
A prosecutor said the 72-year-old North Canton businessman bundled the donations hoping the politicians would help with a consumer protection complaint in California.
Defense attorneys say the telemarketing millionaire made a mistake but did not willingly break the law.