Despite a series of missteps and a federal investigation of a major donor to his campaign, Ohio State Treasurer and U.S. Senate candidate Josh Mandel (R) is holding steady, due in part to a mountain of outside money coming to his rescue, Politico reports. "Behold the post-Citizens United era of unlimited outside spending, where even a blunder-prone candidate can stay in the game if there’s sustained firepower trained against his opponent."
But, it's not just independent money groups from DC helping him out--his campaign is getting plenty of direct support from Washington lobbyists and insiders. In fact, Mandel will be in town on Monday, his second trip to the city this month.
Here's his schedule:
- He'll have lunch at Johnny's Half Shell on Capitol Hill at 1:00 p.m, according to an invite obtained by the Sunlight Foundation.
- At 4:30, he'll head to the lobbying firm RB Murphy Associates with Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.). The firm represents tobacco giant Altria and Google, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
- Finally, more than 30 Senate Republicans will host Mandel at 5 p.m. at the National Republican Senatorial Committee, The Hill reported last week.
Mandel has criticized his opponent, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), for raising money outside of Ohio and for being and being too much of a Washington insider. Fundraising reports due at the end of this month might tell a different story.