Josh Mandel

Ohio's treasurer is calling on thousands of local governments to follow the state's lead and post spending information online.

Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, joined by Auditor Dave Yost, announced the effort at a news conference Tuesday.

Mandel sent a letter to more than 18,000 government and school officials throughout the state asking them to place their checkbooks online. The request includes an invitation to partner with Mandel's office at no cost to local governments.

Republican Josh Mandel has defeated Democratic state Rep. Connie Pillich for a second term as Ohio's treasurer.

Mandel successfully campaigned on his accomplishments of investing safely and cutting office costs. His win Tuesday came in one of the year's most competitive contests.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown had defeated Mandel two years ago after a bruising campaign. Revelations during that race that Mandel hired friends into state jobs and repeatedly failed to attend meetings of a key board he chaired contributed to his loss and were seen as advantageous to Pillich.

Federal Grand Jury Indicts Former Deputy Treasurer on Corruption Charges

Aug 19, 2013

Conspiracy, bribery, and money laundering, these are the charges against a former deputy state treasurer brought by a federal grand jury.

The indictment against Amer Ahmad alleges a tale of corruption between the former deputy treasurer, Ahmad’s business partner and a state lobbyist.

According to court documents, Ahmad is accused of using his position as deputy treasurer to hire Douglas Hampton and his company to conduct a series of lucrative securities trades on behalf of the state and the treasurer’s office.

A Democratic state lawmaker is announcing plans to challenge Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel in 2014.

Third-term state Rep. Connie Pillich, of suburban Cincinnati, said Monday she'll focus her campaign on fighting for working families, fellow small business owners and senior citizens.

Pillich has been a lawyer, businesswoman and captain in the U.S. Air Force.

Without using his name, she criticized Mandel for absenteeism from his state position during a failed run for the U.S. Senate last year and for not wanting the job.

A fellow Republican state official has come out against Gov. John Kasich's proposed tax increase on drillers.

Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel tells a meeting of the Ohio Oil and Gas Association he believes the governor's proposal to increase the severance tax stands to scare away Ohio oil and gas investment at a critical time.

Mandel's remarks Thursday mark the second time in under a month he has bucked the governor on a major policy issue.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown says he'll promote more campaign finance disclosure after prevailing in Tuesday's election against close to $40 million in undisclosed outside spending.

The Democrat said he received dozens of congratulatory calls from colleagues after keeping his seat despite the heaviest onslaught of third-party cash in the nation. Brown beat Republican Josh Mandel in the closely watched race.

Brown said his victory proved well-funded industries seeking favor in Washington can't intimidate a Congress member who has a strong middle-class message.

Election Results Wrap-up

Nov 7, 2012

President Barack Obama has won Ohio again, capturing the swing state after a hard-fought battle with Republican Mitt Romney. Obama, who also won Ohio in 2008, claims the swing state's 18 electoral votes on his way to an electoral victory nationwide.

NPR's Peter Overby looks at the relationship between campaign ad money and victory in Senate races, or lack thereof. The Brown-Mandel race in Ohio is one of the major examples in which major ad expenditures did not end in victory.

A long and contentious battle for the Ohio Senate has ended in a victory for incumbent Senator Sherrod Brown.  Even as late as Monday though, the latest Rasmussen poll showed that Josh Mandel had some a long way in closing the gap with Brown.  He was just down 2 points among likely voters.

The three debates held by the candidates, could at least be described as 'heated,' and at times vitriolic, but in the end, Brown prevailed in yesterday's election by a fairly wide margin, 50.36% - 45.05%, despite reports of big outside money coming in to Mandel's campaign.

OHIO SENATE RACE -- Incumbent Brown Defeats Mandel

Nov 7, 2012

In the Ohio race, incumbent Sherrod Brown defeated Republican State Treasurer Josh Mandel.

Former Dayton Daily News editor Ellen Belcher says when Mandel decided to run against Brown, not many people gave him a chance - but when money started pouring in, the tide started turning.

"Its been up and down and there were moments when people thought Sherrod Brown could actually lose this. I think this is one of those times where those who think that money can't buy an election are proven right," says Belcher.