CLEVELAND (AP) — Two Republican state officeholders are on a growing list of officials subpoenaed to testify at the trial of a northeast Ohio businessman accused of illegally funneling campaign contributions to two other prominent GOP politicians.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO’-sted) have been subpoenaed to testify at the federal trial of North Canton telemarketing millionaire Ben Suarez.
Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik), U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci (reh-NAY’-see) and state Treasurer Josh Mandel (man-DEHL’) also are among the subpoenaed Republican officials.
The 72-year-old Suarez is accused of using employees, relatives and others to donate $100,000 each to Renacci’s 2012 congressional campaign and to Mandel’s failed U.S. Senate bid.
Husted has filed a motion to quash the subpoena. A spokesman said DeWine’s office would submit a similar motion.