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Jury resumes deliberations in contribution trial

June 30, 2014
Associated Press

CLEVELAND (AP) — A federal jury in Cleveland is continuing deliberations in the trial of a businessman charged with making illegal campaign contributions to two prominent Ohio Republican politicians.

Jurors resumed deliberations for a second day Monday after what had been a monthlong trial.

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 didn't willingly break the law.



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