Josh Mandel Doesn't Like Lobbyists...Unless He's Raising Money From Them

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Last Thursday, Ohio State Treasurer and U.S. Senate candidate Josh Mandel (R) “said he was a fresh face to national politics who would combat insiders and lobbyists that he thinks have hurt jobs and families in Ohio.”

Yesterday, though, his position on lobbyists and insiders was probably a bit more nuanced—he was raising money from them in Washington, D.C.

According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, Mandel had a handful of events in Washington yesterday:

  • The first stop was at 1425 K Street. While its unclear who he was visiting there, the building is home to plenty of lobbying shops and law firms.
  • That reception was followed by an event with anti-tax activist and lobbyist Grover Norquist, the ultimate DC insider.
  • Dinner was at 7 p.m. at the home of David Carmen, CEO of the Carmen Group, a lobbying firm.

Mandel has previously attacked his opponent Sen. Sherrod Brown for taking out of state money, while at the same time flying to the Bahamas to rake in cash from predatory lenders. Recently, Mandel returned $100,000 in tainted contributions that are under investigation by the FBI for being made illegally.

The Ohio Senate race will be a marquee race this cycle and will be the focus of millions in outside spending too. For his part, Brown supports a constitutional amendment that would overturn the Citizens United v. FEC decision and would allow common sense restrictions on spending by super PACs and other big spenders. Mandel, in fact, has received $10,000 from Citizens United.