APNewsBreak: Dark money group backs pro-Mandel super PAC


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A super PAC created to support Republican Treasurer Josh Mandel’s (man-DEHL’s) latest bid for U.S. Senate is getting the bulk of its money from an advocacy group not required to disclose its donors.

The anonymity allowed by the arrangement, uncovered in an Associated Press review of federal filings, signals another expensive and nasty faceoff as Mandel seeks to unseat Democratic incumbent Sherrod Brown next year. Brown defeated Mandel in 2012.

Records show the Ohio Freedom Fund, a super PAC that can raise and spend unlimited amounts, was created in November. Its primary contributor is Citizens for A Working America, a nonprofit not subject to donor disclosures.

The nonprofit’s president is Joel Riter (REYE’-tuhr), a former Mandel aide and long-time political ally.

Messages seeking comment were left with both groups.